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March 4 - March 21, 2017


3/20 - Welland Canal
- Barry Andersen

Capt. Ted Brown and Chief Mike Kowal.

Ed Levy (President & CEO of Rand Logistics) with Captain and Chief.

Robert S. Pierson leaving Lock 3 after official opening.

Headed up to Lock 4 east. 

Barge Delaware with tug Calusa Coast - 1st downbound vessels of the season.

Tug Calusa Coast with barge Delaware.

3/20 - Welland Canal
- Michel Gosselin

Robert S. Pierson is heading toward lock 4 east.

Stern view.

Calusa Coast/Delaware just left lock 2.

Stern view.

Sea Eagle II in lock 3.

Sea Eagle II/St. Marys Cement II in lock 3.

3/20 -
Kahnawake - Joe Delaronde

Between the Mercier Bridge and the Canadian Pacific Railroad bridge in Kahnawake, about 3:20pm.

Only meters from the CPR train bridge.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Canada and Montreal's 375th anniversary.

A closer shot. The ship is under the CPR bridge as the shot is taken.
This is an awesome place to take photos. Ships are about 50 feet away at their closest.

3/20 - Welland Canal
- Bill Bird

With Robert S Pierson being the first upbound ship of the season through the Welland Canal, Capt Ted Brown gets his first ever Top Hat. Seen here with Chief Engineer Mike Kowel. The March 20th opening is the earliest for the canal post 1947 (likely in history) and the third time it has happened this century. Also 2007 and 2008.

The two are joined by Ed Levy, president and CEO of Rand Logistics. Mr. Levy expects Canadian vessels in the fleet to be on the move in the next week or so. And their American counterparts should be out by sometime in April.

The Pierson is heading to Cleveland for a load of about 18,000 tons of salt destined for Toronto.

Interesting that the Pierson used the east side of the flight locks for her transit. That is likely due to more work on the hands free mooring system which is being installed on Locks 1 through 7.

3/19 Upper St. Marys River
- Graham Grattan

After two full days of breaking ice in Whitefish Bay USCGC Mackinaw 
is downbound for the Soo Locks Southwest Pier.

3/17 - Upper St. Marys River
- Graham Grattan

Morro Bay



Morro Bay


3/16 - Welland Canal
- Paul Beesley

The CCGS Griffon passed downbound in the Welland Canal on the 16th, confirming buoy positions along the way. Seen below Lock 4 East.

Closer view.

At the Glendale bridge on the way to Lock 3.

Approaching Lock 3.

Partly lowered in Lock 3.  The reach between Locks 3 & 2 is not quite full, you could see the shoaling on the east side of the canal.  But enough water for the Griffon to stay afloat!

3/16 - Soo
- Jim Waycik and Graham Grattan

Algonova upbound at Sailors Encampment.

After escorting Algonova up the St. Marys River, USCGC Katmai Bay broke-out the lower approaches to Locks 3 and 4.

Algonova went to the Purvis Dock Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to unload.

Katmai Bay breaking ice in the lower approaches to Locks 3 and 4.

The bubbles from Katmai Bay's hull lubrication system are easily visible.

USCG Cutters Mackinaw and Morro Bay are moored at the Coast Guard Base.

3/12 - Sturgeon Bay
- Rich Nicholls

Newly-built tank barge Kirby 155-02 awaits its delivery trip to the Atlantic.


3/8 - Sarnia
- Philip Nash

Workboat Masters Pride at the North End of Sarnia North Slip.

Bow of the Saginaw and the Barge Ashtabula in the North Slip with Ojibwayin background.

Plenty of winter work and equipment around the Saginaw.

Tug Defiance wintering astern of the Saginaw and bow of her mate Barge Ashtabula.

Cuyahoga at the North Slip with plenty of winter work activity.

Sterns of the Ojibway and Cuyahoga at the South end of the North Slip. Tug Defiance and Saginaw in the background.

Fish Tug Lisa K wintering at Purdy's in Sarnia.

Tug Lime Island with work barge in the North Slip.

Groupe Ocean Tug Escorte at the Government dock in Sarnia.

Tug Pride with Groupe Ocean Tug Escorte and dredging barge Ocean Basque 2 in the background. Groupe Ocean completed dredging the North Slip in January.

Bow of CSL Assiniboine wintering at Sarnia Cargill Elevator.

CSL Assiniboine at the elevator on a very windy day in Sarnia.

Stern of Algoma Transport and Capt. Henry Jackman wintering at Sarnia Government dock.

One of the propeller blades on the Algoma Transport with a bubbling system keeping ice clear. There was no ice in Sarnia.

Bow of Capt. Henry Jackman and Algoma Transport with plenty of winter work taking place.

Stern of Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon at the Goverment dock with stern of CSL Assiniboine in the background.

Griffon is normally based in Amherstburg, Ontario for winter ice breaking duties. It appeared they were having some work done.

Griffon's Zodiac in her launch cradle.

Algosea at Sarnia's Sydney Smith dock after having major work done.

Algosea securely tied up.

3/1 - Cleveland
- Great Lakes Shipyard



Great Lakes Shipyard was recently awarded a repair contract by McKeil Marine Ltd. to drydocked their 50-MT bollard pull Tug LEONARD M.  The tug was hauled on using the shipyard’s 770-MT Travelift on March 1, 2017. Repairs include general maintenance, as well as classification surveys and inspections. Work is expected to be completed later in the month.


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