Saginaw River Vessel Passage
Saginaw River Vessel Passage

By Todd Shorkey
 
July 21-23, 2014

The tug Olive L. Moore, with the barge, Lewis J. Kuber, called on the 
Saginaw River with a split cargo on Monday.  The pair dropped part of 
their cargo at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City, before heading upriver to 
finish unloading at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.  Wednesday morning saw 
the arrival of the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41.  The pair 
called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to unload, and were outbound 
for the lake later in the afternoon.

July 19, 2014

In the last week on the Saginaw River, there have been four commercial 
vessel passages.  Mississagi was inbound on Tuesday, calling on the Wirt 
Sand and Stone dock in Essexville to unload.  Friday saw the arrival of 
three vessels.  The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber arrived with a cargo 
for the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  Algoway traveled to the upper 
Saginaw River to deliver the first salt cargo of the season to the Sargent 
dock in Zilwaukee, and the G.L. Ostrander - Integrity called on the Lafarge 
Cement dock in Essexville.

July 9, 2014

After spending the night at the Burroughs North dock in Essexville, 
Manitowoc proceeded upriver Tuesday morning, stopping at the GM dock 
in Saginaw to unload.  Manitowoc was outbound from the Saginaw River 
early Wednesday afternoon after unloading at the GM Dock in Saginaw.  
Inbound Wednesday evening was the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber, calling 
on the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City to unload.

July 7, 2014

The tug Zeus and her tank barge, Robert F. Deegan, called on the Dow Chemical 
dock in Bay City on Sunday.  The pier completed their unload and were outbound 
for the lake Monday afternoon.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound 
on the Saginaw River early Monday morning, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock 
in Bay City.  The pair were back outbound later in the afternoon.  
Manitowoc entered the Saginaw River Monday afternoon, tying up at the 
Burroughs North Dock in Essexville.  She did not immediately put out her boom 
and it was still in the cradle hours after arriving.

June 29, 2014

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River Sunday afternoon.  
The pair stopped briefly at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville as the 
Saginaw River was closed to vessel traffic between Veteran's Memorial Bridge 
and Liberty Bridge due to the annual "River Roar" tunnel boat races.  Once 
the river was opened to traffic, the Moore-Kuber traveled upriver to unload 
at the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee.

June 24 - 28, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, saw the arrival of the Larsholmen, calling on the Port 
Fisher Fertilizer dock in Bay City.  She was assisted by the tug Manitou,
 who had arrived on the 23rd and was standing by.

Wednesday, June 25 saw the arrival of two vessels.  Alpena called on the 
Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville and Algoway to the North Star dock in Essexville.  This was the first visit by each vessel to the Saginaw River 
this season.

June 10, 2014

The saltwater tanker, Harbour Feature, arrived on the Saginaw River 
Monday morning, calling on the Port Fisher Fertilizer dock to unload.  
She had finished by Tuesday morning, and with the assistance of the tug 
Manitou, turned in the Essexville turning basin and headed outbound for 
the lake.  This is the second visit by a saltwater vessel to the Saginaw 
River in the past week.  Manitou returned to the Lafarge Cement dock in 
Essexville and tied up there.

June 5, 2014

Sam Laud called on the Saginaw River on Wednesday, unloading at the Bay 
Aggregates dock in Bay City.  The Laud was outbound for the lake later 
in the morning.  Thursday morning saw the arrival of the YM Saturn.  
Assisted by the tug Manitou, the Saturn tied up at the Port Fisher Fertilizer 
dock in Bay City to unload.  Manitou remained in the area, tying up at 
the Lafarge Cement dock, standing by to assist the YM Saturn from the 
dock when finished unloading.

June 3, 2014

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound on the Saginaw River on 
Tuesday, traveling upriver to unload at the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw.  
The pair finished their unload and were back outbound for the lake later in 
the evening.  The tug Manitou also arrived overnight, tying up at the 
Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.  Manitou is on hand to assist the 
YM Saturn, who is scheduled to arrive in the next few day to unload at the 
Port Fisher Fertilizer Dock.

The slow start to the Great Lakes shipping season was also evident on the 
Saginaw River.  For the month of May, there were nine commercial vessel 
passages on the Saginaw River.  That is only half of the total from last 
season, when there were 18 during the same period.  It is also below the five 
year average of 12.  For total passages, year to date, there were 11.  That
is 10 less then last season and 12 less than the five year average of 23.

June 1, 2014

The tug Undaunted and Barge Pere Marquette 41 called on the Saginaw River 
Sunday morning, traveling upriver to the Wirt Stone dock in Saginaw.  The 
pair completed their unload and were outbound for the lake late Sunday 
night.

May 25, 2014

Indiana Harbor was inbound on the Saginaw River early Sunday morning, 
calling on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville.
After unloading her coal cargo, Indiana Harbor back from the dock and 
out into the Saginaw Bay, turning at Light 12 and heading for the lake.  
The tug Gregory J. Busch was outbound from the Busch Marine dock, Sunday 
morning, pushing a deck barge and headed for the lake.

May 23, 2014

The Saginaw River saw plenty of action on Friday as there were a number of 
vessel movements to start the holiday weekend.  After unloading overnight, 
the tug Samuel de Champlain, and her cement barge, Innovation, departed 
the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville and met the waiting tug Manitou in 
the Essexville Turning Basin.  Manitou assisted getting the pair turned around 
and headed back out to the lake.  Next, after spending the past nine plus
 days tied up at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City due to strong river currents, 
the tug Olive L. Moore and her barge, Lewis J. Kuber, departed the dock and 
made their way up to the Airport Turning Basin.  The tug Manitou then assisted 
in getting the Moore and Kuber spun around and on their way towards open 
water.  One finished turning the vessels, Manitou departed the Saginaw River 
and headed for home.  Inbound on Friday was the Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, who 
called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to unload.  The pair were 
expected to be outbound later in the day.

May 21, 2014

The tug Manitou arrived on the Saginaw River on Tuesday, tying up at the 
Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.  She is here to assist the Olive L. 
Moore - Lewis J. Kuber in getting turned, so the pair can finally depart 
after being tied up at Bay City Wirt for over a week, due to strong currents 
in the river.  The tug Zeus and tank barge Robert F. Deegan were back 
again, arrived at the Dow Chemical dock in Bay City during the afternoon 
on Wednesday.  The pair were at the same dock on the 16th.

May 18, 2014

The tug Zeus and her tank barge, Robert F. Deegan, were outbound from the 
Dow Chemical dock on Saturday.  The pair had arrived to unload on Friday.  
The tug Gregory J. Busch was outbound from the Saginaw River Saturday 
afternoon.  The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber remained tied up at the Wirt 
Stone Dock in Bay City as of late Sunday night.  Strong currents in the 
Saginaw River are preventing the pair from turning safely and heading 
outbound for the lake.

May 14, 2014

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River on 
Tuesday, stopping at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City.  The pair remained 
there Wednesday night with the boom in the cradle and no unloading going 
on.  American Integrity called on the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville 
on Wednesday, unloading coal.  She backed from the dock during the evening 
and turned around at Light 12 before heading outbound for the lake.

May 5, 2014

The U.S.C.G. Cutter Alder arrived on the Saginaw Bay Monday afternoon and 
began working AToN, placing lighted buoys in the Saginaw River Entrance 
Channel.  This job is usually handled by U.S.C.G. Cutter Hollyhock, but she 
has been busy, tasked with icebreaking duties.

May 2, 2014

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber made a return visit to the Saginaw River 
on Friday, this time with a split cargo for the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay 
City and for the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw.  After unloading, the pair 
were outbound for the lake late Friday night.

May 1, 2014

With the start to the 2014 commercial shipping season on the Saginaw River one 
of the latest on record, the first passage not coming until April 29th, there 
were only two passages recorded for the month.  This is below the five 
year average of nine passages at this point of the season.  The extreme 
ice conditions on the Great Lakes have played a huge part in the late start 
of the season and in the decrease in the number of passages.  Ice conditions 
in fact are still affecting commercial shipping in general and will for weeks 
to come.

April 30, 2014

Mississagi was outbound from the Saginaw River, early Wednesday morning, 
after unloading on Tuesday at the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw

April 29, 2014

The 2014 commercial shipping season finally got underway on the Saginaw 
River, with the arrival of two vessels on Tuesday.  The Olive L. Moore - 
Lewis J. Kuber were the first arrival, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock 
in Bay City.  The pair arrived just after midnight and were back outbound 
before 9am.  Next in was Mississagi, traveling to the upper river to unload 
at the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw.  Mississagi arrived at the dock shortly 
after 9am.  She remained tied up at there late Tuesday night.

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were scheduled to load at Cedarville 
and return to the Saginaw River with a split cargo for Bay Aggregates and 
the Buena Vista docks.

April 12, 2014

The Saginaw River is still awaiting the first commercial vessel delivery of 
the 2014 shipping season, but even with all of the delays and troubles across 
the Great Lakes due to ice; it is not unusual to not have a commercial 
vessel passage at this point of the year.  Over the past nine seasons, here 
are the dates for the first commercial vessel passage on the Saginaw 
River:
 
2013 – April 16
2012 – April 2
2011 – April 12
2010 – March 31
2009 – April 18
2008 – March 27
2007 – March 25
2006 – March 26
2005 – March 28
 
The U.S. Coast Guard has twice scheduled a break out of the Saginaw River 
Entrance Channel and has then cancelled it both times due to assets being 
needed elsewhere.  Currently, the Saginaw River is ice free, and at the mouth 
of the river, the shipping channel is open water out to at least the 
Confined Disposal Island.

December 19, 2013

The USGC Cutter Bristol Bay escorted the tug Samuel de Champlain, and her 
cement barge, Innovation, into the Saginaw River on Thursday.  Bristol Bay 
broke the ice in the shipping channel then proceeded to open up the Lafarge 
Cement dock in Essexville and the Essexville turning basin before heading 
back outbound for the lake Thursday afternoon.  The Samuel de Champlain 
and Innovation were at Lafarge unloading through the day and were expected to 
be outbound early Friday morning.

December 10, 2013

The tug Gregory J. Busch was outbound from the Saginaw River, early 
Tuesday morning, breaking a path through ice on the river and into Saginaw Bay, 
to allow safe passage of two inbound vessels.  The tug & barge combo of Olive 
L. Moore-Lewis J. Kuber was the first in.  The pair stopped at the Wirt Stone 
dock in Bay City for a partial unload, then continued upriver to finish 
unloading at the Wirt Stone dock in Saginaw.  Following closely behind was the 
H. Lee White, who called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to 
unload coal.  This was a somewhat surprising delivery as the majority of coal 
is brought to Consumers is by American Steamship 1000' vessels.  The White 
was outbound early Tuesday evening backing from the dock and out to open water 
in the Saginaw Bay to turn and head for the lake.

December 7, 2013

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were outbound from the Saginaw River, 
late Saturday afternoon, after unloading at the Wirt Stone dock in 
Saginaw.  U.S.C.G. Cutter Hollyhock was also outbound late Saturday.  
Hollyhock arrived on Friday, spending the night at the Consumers Energy 
Dock in Essexville.  She had been working AToN in the Saginaw River 
Entrance Channel.

December 1, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were the first visitors of December to make 
a delivery to a Saginaw River dock.  The pair traveled upriver Sunday 
afternoon, calling on the GM dock in Saginaw.  They were expected to be 
outbound late in the evening or early Monday morning.

For the month of November, there were 20 commercial cargo 
deliveries/vessel passages on the Saginaw River, an increase of three over 
the same time period last season and three more than the five year average.  
For the year to date, there have been 133 commercial cargo 
deliveries/vessel passages.  This represents an increase of six deliveries 
more than the same period last season, but four less than the five year 
average.

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber arrived on the Saginaw River early 
Friday morning, carrying a split cargo for the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt 
Stone docks.  The pair were upbound in the ice that has formed on the 
Saginaw River, headed for Saginaw Wirt, around 9am Friday.  The H. Lee White 
was inbound early in the afternoon Friday, bound for the Bay Aggregates dock 
in Bay City.  Both the Moore-Kuber and H. Lee White were outbound Friday 
evening.  The Sloman Hermes, with assistance from the tug Gregory J. 
Busch, entered the Saginaw River and called on the Port Fisher Fertilizer Dock 
in Bay City.  This is only the second delivery to this dock by water.  The 
Hermes was expected to be outbound sometime on Saturday.

November 26, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound on the Saginaw River, 
Tuesday morning, delivering a split cargo for the Bay City and the Saginaw 
Wirt Stone Docks.  After unloading, the Olive L. refueled at the Burroughs 
dock in Zilwaukee and then the pair departed for the lake, late Tuesday 
afternoon.

November 23-25, 2013

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River on 
Sunday, unloading at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.  The pair were outbound 
later in the day.  Monday saw the arrival of the Calumet, unloading a split 
cargo between the Burroughs North dock in Essexville and the Wirt Stone dock 
in Bay City.  She turned of the Wirt dock in the Wirt basin and was 
outbound Monday night.  The G.L. Ostrander - Integrity arrived at the 
Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville, early Monday morning, and were expected to 
be outbound by late evening or early Tuesday morning.

November 22, 2013

The Talassa Desgagnes, unloaded liquefied Asphalt overnight at the Bit-Mat 
dock in Bay City.  She was outbound for the lake Friday morning.  This was 
the first time since the Bit-Mat dock opened a number of years ago, that 
product was brought in by a tanker, rather than a tug/tank barge combo.  The 
tug Gregory J. Busch was inbound Friday afternoon, called in her home dock 
in Carrollton.

November 21, 2013

The Thalassa Desgagnes arrived on the Saginaw River Thursday morning.  
She initially turned in the Essexville basin and was off the Port 
Fisher Fertilizer dock.  She is now backed into the slip at Bay Aggregates 
in Bay City.   The tug Gregory J. Busch was outbound for the lake, rounding 
the tip of the thumb and heading down Lake Huron. 

November 20, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River on Wednesday, 
carrying a split cargo for the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City and the Buena 
Vista dock in Saginaw.  They pair were expected to be back outbound late in 
the evening or early Thursday morning.

November 19, 2013

American Century arrived at the front range of the Saginaw River, late 
Tuesday morning.  She called on the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville, 
unloading her cargo of coal through the day.  The American Century was expected 
to back from the dock, turn at Light 12 and be outbound for the lake, late 
Tuesday evening.

November 17, 2013

Calumet arrived on Saturday morning, calling on the Burroughs North dock 
in Essexville, to unload.  She was followed a short time later by the Olive 
L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber, who traveled upriver to unload at the Saginaw 
Wirt Stone dock.  Both were able to finish unloading and make it out of 
the Saginaw River before the storm front came in and high southerly winds 
dropped water levels to an unsafe level.

November 9 & 10, 2013

Manistee called on the Saginaw River early Saturday morning, traveling up 
to the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw to unload.  The tug Spartan and barge 
Spartan II were also inbound, calling on the Dow Chemical dock in Bay 
City.  Manistee was outbound late Saturday night, while Spartan - Spartan II 
was outbound Sunday afternoon.  Sunday evening, Saginaw departed the 
Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City and headed for the lake.  Saginaw was brought 
into the Saginaw River on Wednesday, towed by the tug Manitou.  With 
repairs completed, Saginaw is on her way to her original destination.

November 5 & 6, 2013

American Century arrived on the Saginaw River, early Tuesday morning, 
to unload coal at the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville.  She backed 
from the during the late afternoon, turned at Light 12 and was headed 
outbound for the lake.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were also inbound 
on Tuesday, heading upbound for Zilwaukee.  The pair were outbound from 
the Burroughs dock early in the evening.

Just to add more information about the visit from the saltie, Elevit, on 
Sunday, while she was tied up at the Dow Chemical dock, she was 
actually unloading her cargo to a new fertilizer facility.  Known as the 
Port Fisher Fertilizer dock, this was the first cargo delivered there by 
water, instead of rail.  Fisher is also the parent company of the Bay 
Aggregates dock, which is located right next to the new fertilizer 
facility.  There is another cargo expected here during November.




The tug Manitou was inbound for the Saginaw River this afternoon towing 
the M/V Saginaw close behind, dead ship.  Saginaw experienced mechanical 
issues and was towed to the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City for repairs.  
The Captain of the tug Manitou effortlessly maneuvered Saginaw into the 
narrow slip at Bay Aggregates around 2pm this afternoon.  It is hoped she 
will be repaired and headed for the lakes before the weekend is over.  
Saginaw has a cargo of wheat on board.

November 1, 2013

At the end of October, there were 13 commercial vessel deliveries on the 
Saginaw River.  This was down by one as compared to last year and represented 
the fewest deliveries October over the past five years.  The five year average 
is seventeen.  For the year to date, there have been 113 commercial vessel deliveries, up three from the same period in 2012.  The five year average for 
this date is 120 vessel deliveries.

October 27, 2013

Traffic has been very slow on the Saginaw River the past few weeks.  
With the first commercial deliveries since October 20th, the Olive L. 
Moore - Lewis J. Kuber and Indiana Harbor were both recent visitors.  
The Moore - Kuber arrived with a split cargo on Saturday, unloading at 
both the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City and the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw.  
The pair were outbound early Sunday morning.  Indiana Harbor arrived on 
Sunday, unloading at the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville.  She was 
outbound later in the evening.

October 20, 2013

Fleetmates Calumet and Manitowoc both called on the Saginaw River on 
Sunday.  Calumet unloaded at the Burroughs North dock in Essexville, 
while Manitowoc called on the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City to unload.  
Both vessels were outbound later in the day Sunday.

October 15, 2013

After six days of inactivity on the Saginaw River, two vessels called on 
docks along her banks Tuesday evening.  Alpena was the first to arrive, 
calling on the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville to unload.  She was followed 
a short time later by the tug Undaunted and her barge, Pere Marquette 41, 
who called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to unload.  Both Alpena 
and Undaunted/PM 41 were expected to be outbound on Wednesday.

October 9, 2013

Buffalo called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City on Wednesday to unload.  
She was back outbound for the lake very early Thursday morning.

September 30 through October 8th

There were a number of vessel passages on the Saginaw River in the past 
week.  Algoway unloaded at the North Star dock in Essexville on Sept. 30th.  
On October 1st, Manitowoc unloaded at an unknown Saginaw River dock.  
Indiana Harbor unloaded at the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville on 
October 5th.  On October 6th, Alpena unloaded at the Lafarge Cement dock 
in Essexville and the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber delivered a split cargo 
to the Burroughs North dock in Essexville and the GM dock in Saginaw.


Commercial vessel deliveries to the Saginaw River totaled 16 during the month 
of September.  This is five more deliveries then during the same period in 
2012 and just one less than the five year average of 17.  Looking at year to 
date numbers, through the end of September 2013, there were 100 commercial 
vessel passages on the Saginaw River.  Four more than the same period in 2012 
and just three below the five year average of 103.

September 23, 2013

Manitowoc was inbound the Saginaw River early Monday morning, unloading at 
the GM dock in Saginaw.  She was outbound later in the day.

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were also inbound on Monday, carrying a 
split cargo for the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Stone docks.  The pair 
finished unloading and were outbound late Monday

September 22, 2013

Indiana Harbor called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville, early 
Sunday morning, to unload coal.  She back from the dock later in the 
afternoon, turned at Light 12 and headed outbound for the lake.  
Samuel de Champlain - Innovation were inbound Sunday night, calling on 
the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville to unload.  The pair were expected 
to be outbound Monday morning.

September 20, 2013

Friday morning saw the tug Undaunted and her barge, Pere Marquette 41, called 
on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to unload.  The pair had finished by 
early in the evening and backed from the slip, headed for the lake.  Olive 
L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were back again, this time with a split cargo for 
the Bay City Wirt Stone Dock and the GM dock in Saginaw.  The pair were 
expected to be outbound early Saturday morning.

September 18, 2013

Algorail called on the Saginaw River on Tuesday, unloading at the Sargent 
dock in Zilwaukee.  She was back outbound late Tuesday afternoon.  Wednesday 
saw the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber arrive with a split cargo for 
the Burroughs North dock in Essexville and the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw.  
The pair finished unloading and were outbound for the lake Wednesday 
afternoon.

September 14, 2013

Mississagi was inbound the Saginaw River Saturday morning, traveling upriver 
to unload at the Sargent Stone Dock in Zilwaukee.  She was headed back 
outbound for the lake during the late afternoon.

September 9, 2013

American Integrity was inbound on the Saginaw Bay, early Monday morning, 
headed for the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload.  Once finished, 
she backed from the dock and out to Light 12, before turning around and 
heading for the lake.  American Integrity was outbound by 9am Monday.

August 2013 Totals

For the month of August, there were 21 commercial vessel deliveries on the 
Saginaw River.  This is up by six over the same period last year and right 
on par with the five year average of 21 passages for August.

For the year to date, there have been 84 vessel passages.  This is only 
one passage less than the same period last season.  Compared to the five 
year average it is two passages less.  It appears shipping traffic has 
leveled out on the Saginaw River after the continual decreases year after 
year.  While it is encouraging, the deliveries are still a far cry from 
what they were just 8 to 10 years ago.

August 23 to September 1, 2013

I have finally caught up on the passages I missed while on vacation.  
Here are the passages from August 23rd until September 1st:

8/23 - Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber -  Essexville Wirt Sand and Stone 
dock & the Saginaw Wirt Dock

8/24 - Manitowoc - Bay City Wirt Dock

8/25 - Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber - Bay Aggregates Dock.

8/26 - Calumet - GM Dock
8/26 - American Integrity - Consumers Energy Dock

8/27 - Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber - Bay Aggregates Dock

8/30 - Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber - Bay City Wirt Dock & 
Saginaw Wirt Dock

9/1 - Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber - Bay Aggregates Dock

August 19, 2013

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River Monday 
morning, delivering a split cargo.  The pair stopped first at the Bay 
Aggregates dock in Bay City for a partial unload, then continued upriver to 
finish at the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw to finish.  Thee Moore-Kuber 
were outbound Monday evening.

August 11, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound on the Saginaw River on 
Saturday, carrying a split cargo.  The pair backed into the Bay Aggregates 
slip in Bay City for a partial unload, then continued upriver to finish at 
the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw.  The Moore-Kuber were outbound early 
Sunday morning.  Manitowoc was inbound early Sunday, unloading at the GM 
dock in Saginaw.  She was outbound early Sunday evening.

August 8, 2013

Mississagi was inbound on the Saginaw River Thursday afternoon, traveling 
up to the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee to unload.  She was expected to be 
outbound late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

August 4,5,& 6, 2013

On August 4th, the duo of Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the 
Saginaw river with a split cargo.  The pair unloaded at the Burroughs North 
dock in Essexville and the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw.  On Monday the 5th, 
the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay 
City to unload.  The tug Gregory J. Busch, pushing a deck barge, was outbound 
from the river on Monday.  Tuesday the 6th saw the arrival of the Samuel de Champlain - Innovation, who unloaded at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville 
and Indiana Harbor, who unloaded at the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville.  

August 2, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were outbound from the Saginaw River, 
Friday afternoon after arriving early Friday morning.  The pair stopped 
at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City to deliver a partial cargo, then 
continued upriver to finish at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.
For the month of July, there were 18 commercial vessel passages on the 
Saginaw River.  This is one less than in 2012 and right on par with the 
5-year average for the month of July.  For the year to date, there have 
been 63 commercial vessel passages.  This is seven less than in 2012 and 
fifteen below the five year average for the Saginaw River.

July 29-30, 2013

The tug Mary E. Hannah and her tank barge were outbound from the Bit-Mat dock 
in Bay City, Monday morning, after unloading there overnight.  The tug 
Champion arrived around the same time at the Consumers Energy dock in 
Essexville with a barge load of equipment for the power plant.  Champion 
was outbound on Tuesday.  The tug Olive L. Moore and her barge, Lewis J. 
Kuber were inbound Tuesday morning, calling on the Lafarge Stone dock in 
Saginaw.  The pair backed down river Tuesday evening, turned in the Airport 
Basin and was outbound for the lake.

July 27-28, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound on the Saginaw River, early 
Saturday morning, calling on the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw.  The pair 
were outbound later in the day.  Sunday saw the arrival of the tug Mary E. 
Hannah and a tank barge, with the pair calling on the Bit-Mat dock in Bay 
City.  The pair were still there late Sunday night.

July 18-25, 2013

Calumet delivered to the Bay City Wirt dock on July 18.  She was followed by 
the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber who unloaded at both the Bay City and 
Saginaw Wirt docks.  On July 21, Mississagi called on the Buena vista dock 
to unload, and the Moore-Kuber were back again on July 24 to again unload at 
both the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Stone docks.

July 17, 2013

American Century was inbound on the Saginaw Bay Wednesday afternoon, stopping 
at the Consumers Energy dock to unload coal.  She backed from the dock 
Wednesday evening, turning at Light 12 and heading for the lake.

July 16, 2013

Michipicoten called on the Saginaw River early on Tuesday, unloading a cargo 
at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  She was followed a short time later 
by her fleet mate, Calumet, who traveled up the the GM dock in Saginaw to 
unload.  Both vessels were outbound later in the day, Tuesday.

July 11 & 12, 2013

Algorail was inbound late Thursday night, headed up the Saginaw River for 
the Sargent salt dock in Zilwaukee.  She finished unloading by Friday 
morning, backed down to the airport turning basin, turned and was outbound 
for the lake.  The tug Dorothy Ann and her barge, Pathfinder, were inbound 
Friday afternoon, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  The 
pair finished unloading and were outbound for the lake Friday evening.

July 9, 2013

The tug Zeus and tank barge Robert F. Deegan called on the Saginaw River, 
Tuesday, stopping at the Dow Chemical dock in Bay City, to unload.  The pair 
were outbound for the lake early Wednesday morning.

July 8, 2013

The tug Defiance and her barge, Ashtabula, called on the Saginaw River
on Monday.  The pair stopped at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to 
unload.  They were expected to be outbound late Monday or early Tuesday.

July 5, 2013

American Integrity called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville early 
Friday morning.  She finished unloading her cargo of coal and was back 
outbound for the lake early in the afternoon.  The tug Krista S. was busy 
running mud barges back and forth  between the dredge site in the Downtown 
Bay City area and the confined disposal facility near Cheboyganing 
Creek.

July 3, 2013

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River, Wednesday, 
with a split load.  The pair stopped briefly at the Burroughs North dock 
in Essexville to unload a partial cargo, then continued upriver to 
finish unloading at the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw.  They then backed 
down the river to the Airport Turning Basin, turned and were outbound, 
Wednesday evening.

June 19th - 28th

Here were the vessel passages and deliveries for the week I was gone on my camping trip.

6/19/2013
MANITOWOC
Bay City Wirt Dock

6/20/2013
AMERICAN COURAGE
Bay Aggregates Dock

6/20/2013
MANISTEE
Bay City Wirt Dock

6/20/2013
OLIVE L. MOORE - LEWIS J. KUBER
Bay City Wirt Dock & Saginaw Wirt Dock

6/21/2013
AMERCAN CENTURY
Consumers Energy Dock

6/23/2013
OLIVE L. MOORE - LEWIS J. KUBER
Burroughs North Dock & Saginaw Lafarge Stone Dock

6/24/2013
DEFIANCE - ASHTABULA
Bay Aggregates Dock

6/25/2013
ALGORAIL
Sargent Dock Zilwaukee

6/25/2013
OLIVE L. MOORE - LEWIS J. KUBER
Essexville Wirt Sand & Stone Dock

6/28/2013
INDIANA HARBOR
Consumers Energy Dock

Also of note was the grounding of the Algorail between the Veteran's 
Memorial Bridge and Liberty Bridge in Downtown Bay City

June 18, 2013

Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River on Tuesday, 
with a split cargo for the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Stone Docks.  The 
pair backed down to the Airport Turning Basin after unloading, turned and 
was outbound for the lake late Tuesday night.  Undaunted - Pere Marquette 
41 made their first visit of the season to the Saginaw River, Tuesday 
afternoon.  The pair also traveled up to the Saginaw Wirt Stone Dock to 
unload.  The Undaunted - Pere Marquette 41 were backing down the River 
to the Airport Basin early Wednesday morning.

June 16, 2013

The Defiance - Ashtabula departed the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City, 
late Saturday morning, after unloading there overnight.  Inbound late 
Saturday night was the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber, carrying a split 
cargo.  The pair stopped first at the Bay Aggregates dock, then continued 
upriver to finish unloading at the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw.  The 
Moore-Kuber were back outbound for the lake late Sunday morning.

June 14, 2013

The tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula made their first ever visit to the 
Saginaw River on Friday, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  
The pair was still unloading there late in the evening and were expected 
to depart early Saturday morning.

June 13, 2013

Thursday morning saw the return of the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber, 
this time with a split cargo for the Burroughs North dock in Essexville 
and the GM dock in Saginaw.  By late afternoon, the pair had finished 
unloading, backed downriver to the Airport Turning Basin, Turned, and 
were outbound for the lake.

June 11, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Demolen and crane barge Veler were 
loading stone at the Bay City Wirt Stone dock during the afternoon Tuesday.  
Once loaded, the pair turned off the dock and transited back down the river 
to the area of the Essexville turning basin.  It is not known what work they 
were performing at this time

June 10, 2013

Monday morning saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on the Saginaw River, 
with her calling on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload coal.  
Once finished unloading, the Indiana Harbor waited for the outbound Samuel 
de Champlain - Innovation, who had unloaded overnight at the Lafarge dock 
in Essexville to clear, then she backed from the dock, out to Light 12 in 
the Saginaw Bay to turn and head for the lake.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. 
Kuber were also inbound on Monday, traveling up to the Buena Vista dock in 
Saginaw to unload.  The pair finished their unload, then backed down the 
Saginaw River to turn in the Airport Turning Basin, before heading for the 
lake Monday evening.

June 9, 2013

Sam Laud was inbound Sunday morning, backing into the Bay Aggregates dock 
in Bay City.  The Laud was outbound for the lake during the late afternoon.  
The tug Samuel de Champlain and cement barge Innovation were inbound 
Sunday evening, calling on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.  The pair 
were expected to be outbound on Monday.

June 8, 2013

Mississagi was inbound on the Saginaw River Saturday morning, heading up 
river to Saginaw, to unload at the Buena Vista Dock.  Once finished, she 
backed down to the airport turning basin, turned and was then outbound for 
the lake Saturday evening.

June 5, 2013

Wednesday saw Cuyahoga make her first visit of the season to the Saginaw River, 
as she traveled all of the the up to the Sixth Street Basin and unloaded at 
the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw.  She departed the dock late in the evening, 
and was backing down the Saginaw River.

June 2, 2013

The big tug, Olive L. Moore, uncoupled from the Lewis J. Kuber Sunday morning, 
and headed downriver from the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee, bound for the Wirt 
dock in Bay City.  There, she met up the the tug Manitou, who had recently 
arrived on the Saginaw River, and together they assisted in turning the 
Manitowoc in the Wirt basin.  The Moore and Manitou made quick work of the 
turn and Manitowoc was outbound from the river late Sunday morning.
After escorting Manitowoc out of the river, the Manitou traveled upriver to 
where the Moore-Kuber have been tied up at Burroughs since early on the 29th 
of May.  With still too much current to turn around, Manitou tied off to the 
Moore with plans of trying again tomorrow if conditions cooperate.
The tug Champion arrived on the Saginaw River late Sunday afternoon with 
two barges of equipment for the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville.  She 
remained there Sunday night.

May 31 - June 1, 2013

Both the Manitowoc and the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber remained on the 
Saginaw River as of Saturday night, with Manitowoc at the Bay City Wirt dock 
and the Moore-Kuber at the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee  The Moore-Kuber arrived 
on the 28th of May with a split cargo for Bay City and Saginaw Wirt and 
Manitowoc arrived on the 29th and unloaded at Bay City Wirt.  Very strong 
currents in the Saginaw River are preventing the vessels from safely 
turning around and heading out for the lake.

Commercial Vessel Passages for the month of May totaled 18.  This is three 
less than the same period in 2012, but is actually one more than the five 
year average.  For total vessel passages for the year, there have been 21, 
which is 14 passages less than the same period in 2012.

May 29th & 30th, 2013

Heavy rains and strong currents once again caused havoc on the Saginaw River, 
just as they did earlier in the season, as two vessels tried to leave 
after unloading, but could not.  The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber arrived 
on Tuesday with a split cargo, unloading at the Bay City and the Saginaw 
Wirt Stone docks.  The pair backed down river from Saginaw Wirt on Wednesday 
and attempted to turn in the Airport Turning Basin, but were unable to do 
and headed back upriver to tie up at the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee to await 
more favorable conditions.

Manitowoc was inbound on Wednesday, unloading at the Bay City Wirt Dock, 
once finished, she attempted to turn in the basin at the west end of the 
dock, but was also unable to get around and tied back up at the Wirt dock 
to wait for more favorable conditions.  Both vessels remained at their dock 
late Thursday night.

May 27 & 28, 2013

The tug Joseph H. Thompson, Jr., and barge Joseph H. Thompson, called on 
the Saginaw River late Sunday night, headed for the Bay Aggregates dock.  
Strong currents in the river from recent rains made the tricky entry into 
the Bay Aggregates slip event more difficult, making it necessary for the 
tug Kurt Luedtke to assist the big tug and barge unit into the slip.  
Once unloaded, the Thompson - Thompson, Jr. departed Bay Aggregates and 
were outbound for the bay on Monday.
Tuesday afternoon saw the arrival of the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber, 
who called on the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City.  They remained there during 
the evening hours.

May 25 & 26, 2013

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. called on the Consumers Energy dock in 
Essexville on Saturday to unload coal.  Finished unloading on Sunday 
morning, the McCarthy, Jr. backed from the dock and out into the Saginaw 
Bay to turn at Light 12 and then head for the lake.  The tug Karen Andrie 
and her tank barge, Endeavour, called on the Bit-Mat dock in Bay City on 
Saturday.  The pair completed their unload and were outbound Sunday 
afternoon.

May 22 & 23, 2013

Calumet arrived on the Saginaw River late Wednesday night, calling on the 
Wirt Stone dock in Bay City, to unload.  She finished, turned and was 
outbound for the lake Thursday morning.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber 
were inbound Thursday afternoon, calling on the Wirt Essexville Sand & Stone 
dock.  The pair were expected to be outbound late Thursday evening.

May 15, 2013  (Late addition)

The hardest working boat on the Saginaw River was back at it again on 
Wednesday.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound during the late 
morning with a split load.  The pair partially unloaded at the Bay Aggregates 
dock in Bay City, then continued upriver to finish unloading at the Burroughs 
dock in Zilwaukee.  The Moore-Kuber were expected to be outbound early 
Thursday morning.  This is their fourth trip of the season to the Saginaw 
River.

May 17, 2013

Alpena made her first visit of the season to the Saginaw River on Friday, 
calling on the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville to unload.  She was 
expected to be outbound early Saturday morning.

May 13, 2013

The tug Zeus and her tank barge, Robert F. Deegan, were inbound on the 
Saginaw River on Saturday, calling on the Dow Chemical dock.  The pair 
were outbound early Monday morning.  Inbound on Monday was the Olive L. 
Moore - Lewis J. Kuber.  The pair unloaded at the Bay Aggregates Dock in 
Bay City, once finished, they departed the slip and headed back for the 
lake, early Monday evening.

May 11, 2013

The tug Zeus and her tank barge, Robert F. Deegan, were inbound on the 
Saginaw River on Saturday, calling on the Dow Chemical dock.  Due to 
weather conditions, the pair remained on the Saginaw River late Sunday 
night.

May 9 & 10, 2013

The tug Olive L. Moore and her barge, Lewis J. Kuber, became the first 
repeat visitor to the Saginaw River this season, calling this time on the 
Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City on Thursday afternoon.  Once unloaded, the pair 
turned and were outbound for the lake early Friday morning.  Mississagi 
was inbound on Friday, calling on the Essexville Wirt Sand & Stone dock.  
She had finished unloading by early afternoon, turned off the dock in 
the Essexville Turning Basin, and was outbound from the Saginaw River 
into strong northeast winds and rain on the Saginaw Bay.

May 8, 2013

Indiana Harbor called on the Saginaw River Wednesday morning, unloading 
coal at the Consumers Energy power plant in Essexville.  She had completed 
her unload and was outbound for the lake by the afternoon.

May 5, 2013

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber backed down the Saginaw River to the 
Airport Turning Basin, Sunday afternoon, turned and headed outbound for the 
lake.  The pair had unloaded overnight at the Buena Vista dock in 
Saginaw.  Inbound on Sunday was the tug Karen Andrie and her tank 
barge, Endeavour.  The pair called on the Bit- Mat dock in Bay City 
to unload.

May 4, 2013

Saturday morning saw the first aggregate cargo of the season arrive on the 
Saginaw River, brought in by the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber.  Carrying 
a split cargo for the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City and the Buena Vista 
dock in Saginaw, the Moore/Kuber stopped first at Bay Aggregate and attempted 
to back into the slip there.  After numerous attempts with no success, a 
request for assistance went out to the tug Kurt Luedtke, who was waiting 
with a mud scow at Consumers Energy for the river to clear.  After having 
no luck in backing into the slip with the assistance from the Luedtke, the 
Kuber's cargo was finally dropped upriver from Bay Aggregates, on the cement 
pad just east of the Dow Chemical dock.  Once finished there, the Olive L. 
Moore - Lewis J. Kuber continued upriver, Saturday evening,  to finish 
unloading at the Buena Vista dock.

April Saginaw River Traffic Report:

With a total of three commercial vessel deliveries for the month of April, 
traffic on the Saginaw River was down 79% as compared to the same period 
last year (14 vessel passages) and 75% compared to the five year average 
of twelve commercial passages.  Additionally, there have been no cargos 
of aggregates delivered to Saginaw River ports so far in 2013.  Delays due 
to weather and river currents certainly played a role in the decrease, as 
well as a decreased demand for the products handled by the docks along the 
Saginaw River.

Dredging is underway in the lower river with crews from Luedtke 
Engineering presently working off the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.  
A number of tugs have been active so far this season, with the Superior, 
Wyoming, Kurt R. Luedtke, Karl E. Luedtke, and Gregory J. Busch all moving 
in the river at some point.  The USCG Cutter Hollyhock has also made a number 
of visits, working aids to navigation out in the Saginaw Bay.  The 
research vessel, Mudpuppy II, has also visited the Saginaw River.

April 26, 2013

Friday morning saw the Algoway finally arriving at the North Star dock 
in Essexville to unload potash.  Originally scheduled to open the season 
on the Saginaw River over a week ago, Algoway had been delayed by the 
abnormally strong current.  She departed the North Star dock Friday evening, 
stern first, and with the assistance of the G-tugs Superior and Wyoming.  
It is rare to see a G-tug on the Saginaw River and even rarer, two, but with 
the conditions and boats needing assistance, they are here to help.  The 
Superior and Wyoming also assisted the American Integrity depart Consumers 
Energy on Thursday.

April 25, 2013

The American Integrity was finally able to depart the Consumers Energy dock 
in Essexville, backing from the dock Thursday evening, and out to Light 12 
in the Saginaw Bay to turn and head for the lake.  The Integrity arrived 
on Wednesday, April 17th to unload coal and has been unable to safely depart 
since due to extreme currents in the Saginaw River from recent heavy 
rainfall.

April 22, 2013

The American Integrity remains tied up at the Consumers Energy dock in 
Essexville as of Monday night, after arriving on Wednesday to unload coal 
there.  The Saginaw River crested yesterday at 22.42 feet, which is 5.42 
feet above flood stage, and is now beginning to recede.  The current 
remains very strong however, with the discharge at 41,500 cubic feet per 
second.  That is almost 12 times the normal flow.

April 18, 2013

The American Integrity remained at the Consumers Energy dock in 
Essexville Thursday evening, after arriving early Wednesday afternoon 
to unload coal.

April 17, 2013

The tug Spartan and barge Spartan II departed the Dow Chemical dock late 
Wednesday afternoon after unloading there overnight.  American Integrity 
was inbound early Wednesday afternoon, calling on the Consumers Energy 
Dock to unload coal.  She remained there as of this report in the late 
evening.  The USCG Cutter Hollyhock was working AToN in the Saginaw Bay 
on Wednesday.

April 16, 2013

The first commercial cargo of the 2013 season arrived Tuesday afternoon, 
when the tug Spartan, and her tank barge Spartan II, called on the Dow 
Chemical dock in Bay City.  The pair is expected to be outbound sometime 
on Wednesday, current permitting.

April 15, 2013

We are still awaiting the arrival of the first commercial delivery of the 
season here on the Saginaw River.  Algoway was scheduled to arrive at the 
North Star dock in Essexville on the 10th to unload potash, but due to 
the weather, she has not yet been able to make it in.  American Integrity 
is currently scheduled in at the Consumers Energy Dock to unload coal on the 
16th at 1pm.  Winds and extremely heavy rains have the Saginaw River 
currents churning.  Flood stage is 17 feet and the Saginaw is currently at 
20.83 feet with the outflow at 41,100 cubic feet per second.  There have 
been a few dock changes since last season.  The Essroc cement terminal 
in Essexville is now the Lafarge cement terminal.  Next door, at what was 
the Essexville Lafarge stone dock, it is now the Burroughs North stone 
dock.

January 4, 2013

On Friday, the USCG Cutter Hollyhock escorted the Alpena through the ice 
on the Saginaw Bay.  Once at the Front Range, Hollyhock stopped at 
Consumers Energy, leaving Alpena to bust through the ice on the Saginaw 
River herself, as she made her way to the Essroc dock in Essexville.  
Alpena's visit is the first of 2013 for the Saginaw River.
This was an unusual trip for the Alpena as I haven't seen an ILM vessel 
unload on the Saginaw River anywhere other than Lafarge.  In 2012, the 
G.L. Ostrander - Integrity also unloaded at Essroc.  It will be something 
to keep an eye on in 2013.

2012 Saginaw River Year End Report

Saginaw River 2012 Shipping Season Wrap-Up

Once again, I began the 2012 shipping season with high hopes for a 
rebound from the declining number of vessel passages and cargos that 
have been recorded over the past five years.  It was my gut feeling 
that this season would be the year to reverse that downward trend.  
Sadly, this was once again not to be the case, as the following numbers 
will show you.  This is a look back at what happened along the banks of 
the Saginaw River during this past season.

The 2012 shipping season officially started on April 2nd, with the 
arrival of the tug Samuel De Champlain and her cement barge, Innovation, 
who arrived to unload their cargo at the Lafarge Cement Terminal 
in Carrollton.  This was ten days earlier than their visit to open the 
2011 season.  The 2012 season came to a close when the tug Olive L. Moore 
and her barge, Lewis J. Kuber, departed the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw 
on December 14th.  For the year, there were a total of 134 commercial 
vessel passages, by 22 different vessels, for a season lasting 258 days. 
These numbers are once again a decrease, though not by many, over the 
previous season. During the 2011 season, there were four more vessel 
passages, from four more boats, and the season was four days shorter.

Looking at some of the other statistics from the 2012 season, 16 
different docks along the Saginaw River saw cargo deliveries. This has 
now been the same for past three years.  The dock that saw the most 
traffic was the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City, seeing 24 deliveries, up ten 
from 2011. Coming in second was the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City, with 
23 cargo deliveries, which is down six from last years total of 29. The 
third place dock was the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville, with 15 deliveries. These three docks accounted for 39% of the cargo delivered to 
the Saginaw River in 2012.  The top three in 2011 were Bay Aggregates, 
Lafarge Stone in Saginaw, and Wirt Stone in Bay City.  In all, accounting 
for split cargos for some vessels that unloaded at two different docks, 
there were 161 deliveries to the various docks along the Saginaw River.

The workhorse of the Saginaw River, without question, has to be the tug 
Olive L. Moore, paired with the self-unloading barge Lewis J. Kuber. This 
pair made 50 trips to the river, two fewer trips than they made in 2011, 
and 37 more than the next highest visitor, the Algorail, who had 13. 
Third place went to the Manitowoc, who logged 10 passages.  The American Century and Stephen B. Roman were next, tied with 8 passages each.  This 
is the sixth year in a row that the Olive L. Moore – Lewis J. Kuber have 
had the most passages.

There was no contest for the most represented fleet for 2012. Lower 
Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation blew the other fleets out of the 
water, logging 71 vessel passages. This was the sixth year in a row 
for LLT/GRN in the #1 position. Even though they had four fewer 
deliveries than in 2011 they still accounted for 53% of the vessel 
passages on the Saginaw River in 2012. The next busiest fleet was 
Algoma Central Marine with 13 passages, and then in third was the 
American Steamship Company with 17. These three companies accounted for 
a whopping 79% of all deliveries on the Saginaw River in 2012.

There were a number of vessels seen on the Saginaw River in 2011, but 
not making a visit here in 2012. These boats were Alpena, 
Michipicoten, Saginaw, Tug Invincible-Barge McKee Sons, 
Tug Undaunted-Barge Pere Marquette 41, Tug Cleveland-Barge Cleveland 
Rocks, and the James Norris.  Sadly, we will never see again the James 
Norris, as she was scrapped at IMS in Port Colborne, ON.  The last visit 
by the Norris was November 14, 2011.  Vessels that we did not see in 2011, 
but made calls on the Saginaw River in 2012 were American Integrity, 
American Mariner, H. Lee White, Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., and the tug 
G.L. Ostrander-Barge Integrity.  A number of tugs: Kurt Luedtke, Karl 
Luedtke, Krista S, Manitou, Nickelena, Ohio, Colonel and Gregory J. Busch 
were active on the Saginaw River, and the research vessels Channel Cat, Mudpuppy II, and Chinook were also seen.  The USCG Cutter Hollyhock also 
made her traditional spring and fall visits to work aids to navigation in 
the Saginaw River Entrance Channel.

Of the other stories of 2012, one of the biggest would be the long 
awaited arrival of the retired Navy Destroyer USS Edson, DD-946, on 
August 7th.  Under tow of the big Dann Marine tug, Colonel, and Malcolm 
Marine tug, Manitou, the “Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast” arrived to 
much fanfare and celebration.  The Edson is currently tied up at the Wirt 
Sand and Stone dock in Essexville awaiting the move to her permanent dock 
just below the Independence Bridge in Bangor Township.  Dredging of 
the Saginaw River took place again in 2012 with Luedtke Engineering 
working the upper river, from the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw, 
down to the Cheboyganing Creek, during the late fall. The SCS Greyfox 
made her usual appearance in July, giving tours and cruises during the 
week of the Forth of July.

Hopefully 2013 will bring increased traffic and more product to the 
docks along the banks of the Saginaw River. In 2005 there were 347 
passages. This number has decreased every year since, down to the 2012 
total of 134. Will this year be the rebound year? Time will tell.

Here is wishing everyone a safe and prosperous shipping season in 
2013!

Todd A. Shorkey

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