Erie Trader
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Tied up at Donjon Shipbuilding in Erie going through final fit out, Feb. 9, 2012.
(John McCreery)


The self-unloading barge Erie Trader was completed at the Donjon yard in April 2012. She is mated with the articulated tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort, which was completed in February 2011 at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair LLC in Erie, Pa. Both are owned and operated by Van Enkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Mich.,

Both units, which were owned at the time by Seajon, a joint venture between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Donjon, were christened at ceremonies in Erie on April 10, 2012. The combined tug/barge unit entered service under charter to American Steamship Company in May 2012 under the names Ken Boothe Sr. (tug) and Lakes Contender (barge).

Lakes Contender was named by the builder to commemorate its entry into the Great Lakes shipbuilding industry. The Ken Boothe Sr. was named in memory of the former shipyard manager for Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair.

The American Steamship Co, charter was not renewed in 2017. Both are now owned and operated by Van Enkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Mich.,

The Erie Trader is equipped with electric power generators for ballast pump operation and hydraulic power units for conveyor system operation. Self-unloading equipment consists of a single tunnel belt and loop belt system which elevates cargo to a hydraulically-actuated unloading boom. The barge is equipped with a 1,000 HP diesel-driven bow thruster.

Clyde S. Van Enkevort, the tugís namesake, entered the marine industry in the late 1960s. He was a specialist in integrated tug/barge design, with one of his biggest accomplishments being the building of the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and the barge Great Lakes Trader. He died Feb. 20, 2016.


Written by Roger LeLievre.



Barge Particulars
Length 740' 00" (225.55m)
Beam 78' 00" (23.77m)
Depth 45' 00" (13.72m)
Midsummer Draft 30' 00" (9.14m)
Unloading Boom Length 265' (80.77m)
Capacity 38,516 tons
Previous Names
Erie Trader 2017 - Today
Lakes Contender 2011 - 2017

 


Tied up at Donjon Shipbuilding in Erie going through final fit out, Feb. 9, 2012.
(John McCreery)

Departing Erie for sea trails, March 29, 2012.
(Donjon Marine Co.)

Stern view.
(Donjon Marine Co.)

Ellen Boothe, wife of the vesselís namesake, the late Ken Boothe, Sr., former general manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, christens the Ken Boothe Sr, April 10, 2012.
(Roger LeLievre)

Close up of the tug connector.
(Roger LeLievre)

Lakes Contender and Ken Boothe Sr. at the dock.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound in the St. Marys River, July 5, 2012.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound at Mission Pt. in the evening, July 5, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Another view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 28, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view of the tug and barge.
(Matt Miner)

Aerial view while loading in Marquette, May 2016.
(Neil Harri)

Close up of the stern.
(Neil Harri)

New name welded to the bow, March 1, 2017.
(VanEnkevort Tug & Barge)

Coming through the Charles Berry bridge in Lorain, March 24, 2017.
(Ed Bansek)

Previous names are still visable on the tug and barge.
(Ed Bansek)


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