Burns Harbor
IMO 7514713

Loading at Escanaba, Mar. 24, 2007.
(Dick Lund)


The keel was laid on April 16, 1979 for this self-unloading bulk freighter at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI, as their hull # 720. The new 1,000-footer was launched Oct. 28, 1979 and christened Burns Harbor on May 24, 1980 for Wilmington Trust, Wilmington, DE, (Bethlehem Steel Corp., Great Lakes Steamship Div., Cleveland, OH, managers). The new self-unloader was the tenth 1,000-footer to enter service on the Great Lakes and the third to enter service for this fleet. The Burns Harbor was named to honor Bethlehem Steel's newest steelmaking complex at Burns Harbor, IN.

Her power comes from four GM Electro-Motive Div. 20-645-E7 3,600 b.h.p. (2,648 kW) two-stroke cycle, single-acting V-20 cylinder diesel engines burning marine diesel oil. These engines were built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, La Grange, IL. Power is fed through Falk reduction gears to two controllable pitch propellers giving her a rated service speed of 18.4 m.p.h. She is equipped with bow and stern thrusters. Burns Harbor's 37 hatches service seven holds, where she is capable of carrying 78,850 tons (80,117 mt) at a mid-summer draft of 34' 00" (10.36m) and has the cubic capacity to carry 71,000 net tons of coal. Her self-unloading system feeds a 250-foot (76.20m) stern mounted discharge boom that can be swung 92 degrees to port or starboard and can unload iron ore pellets at a rate of 9,000 tons (9,145 mt) per hour. Other capacities include 141.78 tons (144.06 mt) of fresh water and 446.84 tons (454.02 mt) of fuel oil. The Burns Harbor displaces 13,534.78 tons (13,752.20 mt) light ship.

While still under construction, on March 19, 1980, a fire of unknown origin extensively damaged the staging and conveyor belt. During sea trials on July 24, 1980, the Burns Harbor made an amazing emergency stop in 3,160 feet (963.17m) while loaded to a draft of approximately 25.5 feet 7.77m. Following sea trials, the Burns Harbor had to briefly lay up due to a lack of cargoes, but sailed Sept. 28, 1980 on her maiden voyage from Sturgeon Bay to Superior, WI, to load a cargo of iron ore pellets for Burns Harbor, IN. Burns Harbor set a Great Lakes cargo record on June 21, 1985 when 68,608 tons (69,710 mt) of iron ore was loaded at Escanaba, MI, destined for Indiana Harbor, IN. Another Great Lakes cargo record was set from the Cleveland-Cliffs mine at Escanaba, MI, when on Sept. 5, 1986, a 70,751 ton (71,888 tonnes) cargo of iron ore was loaded on board bound again for Indiana Harbor, IN. A subsequent cargo record was set by the Burns Harbor in 1996 when she passed through the Soo carrying 64,435 tons (65,470 mt) of iron ore.

Burns Harbor sailed for the International Steel Group Burns Harbor Inc., Chesterton, IN, following the acquisition of Bethlehem Steel by the International Steel Group, Cleveland, OH, in the spring of 2003. In the spring of 2005, International Steel Group was acquired by foreign-owned Mittal Steel. Shortly after, the Burns Harbor became part of the American Steamship Co. fleet under the ownership of American Steamship Co.'s parent company GATX Corp.

Burns Harbor's trade routes remained the intact, as the vessel was long-term time-chartered back to Mittal Steel, operated and managed by American Steamship Co.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 1000' 00" (304.8m)
Beam 105' 00" (32.0m)
Depth 56' 00" (17.07m)
Midsummer Draft 34' 00" (10.36m)
Unloading Boom Length 250' (76.2m)
Capacity 80,900 tons
Engine Power 14,400 bhp diesel

 


Burns Harbor 1979 - 2003
(Bethlehem Steel Corp.)

Western Lake Erie in 1983.
(Rudi Rabe)

Under the holiday deck lights of the Mackinac Bridge in this time exposure in 1997.
(Andy LaBorde)

Passing Detroit June 9, 2000.
(Pat Pavlat)

Drawing a crowd at Mission Point, June 30, 2000.
(Roger LeLievre)

Siding the wall into the Poe Lock, June 30, 2000.
(Dick Lund)

Exiting the Poe Lock.
(Dick Lund)

St. Marys River.
(Roger LeLievre)

Tied up for the winter at Bay Ship, March 23, 2001.
(Orrin Royce)

Flags flying at the Soo, April 16, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

Laid up in Milwaukee for the winter.
(J. Zeirke)

Laid up in Milwaukee for the winter.
(J. Zeirke)

Upbound at Mission Pt., June 27, 2003.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

   
Burns Harbor 2003 - 2005
(International Steel Group)

Downbound at Mission Point with a temperature of -18 degrees, Jan. 9, 2004.
(Lee Rowe)

Stern view.
(Lee Rowe)

Entering namesake port of Burns Harbor, Dec. 13, 2004.
(Peter Zagorac)

Head on.
(Peter Zagorac)

Completing the turn.
(Peter Zagorac)

ISG stack logo.
(Peter Zagorac)

       
Burns Harbor 2005 - Today
(American Steamship Co.)

Unloading in Burns Harbor, June, 15, 2005.
(Peter Zagorac)

New stack colors.
(Peter Zagorac)

Winter lay-up in Milwaukee, Jan 2006.
(Paul Espamer)

Loading ore in Escanaba, Aug. 16, 2016.
(Lee Rowe)

Head on view.
(Lee Rowe)

Winter lay up in Milwaukee, Jan. 23, 2007.
(Jim Zeirke)

Loading at Escanaba, Mar. 24, 2007.
(Dick Lund)

Loading at Escanaba, Mar. 24, 2007.
(Rod Burdick)

Downbound at Mission Pt., July 22, 2007.
(Alex & Max Mager)

Close up of the stern.
(Alex & Max Mager)

Stern view.
(Alex & Max Mager)

Lining up to go under the Mackinaw Bridge, Oct. 27, 2007.
(Dianne Donati)

Longer view.
(Dianne Donati)

Upbound at Marine City, April 12, 2008.
(Don Detloff)

Backing to the dock in Silver Bay, Aug. 9, 2009.
(Brian Kays)

Downbound in Soo Harbor, June 30, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the stern.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

   

 


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