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Detroit River, Sept. 2004.

Mike Nicholls

Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Great Lakes Trader & Joyce L. VanEnkevort

By Roger LeLievre

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader has the distinction of being the last major vessel built for Great Lakes service. Built for Great Lakes Marine Leasing and operated by VanEnkevort Tug and Barge of Escanaba, MI.  Great Lakes Trader is pushed by the 135-foot tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, which was built in 1998 by Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.  The tug is powered by two 5,100 b.h.p. Caterpillar 3612 12-cylinder diesel engines.

Great Lakes Trader was constructed in two halves at Halter Marine's yard in Pearlington, MS and then towed to the New Orleans yard to be joined together and outfitted. The tug sailed from the Great Lakes to New Orleans to be mated up with the newly finished barge for the return trip back to the Great Lakes.  The pair departed the Gulf on May 28, 2000, and arrived on the lakes in mid-June after transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway. Special care had to be used in transiting the locks because of her size.

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes, with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet. Her cargo capacity is 39,600 tons. The Great Lakes Trader loaded its first cargo, taconite for Indiana Harbor, June 23, 2000 in Escanaba. Since then she has been a frequent visitor, not only to Escanaba, but to Lake Superior ports, carrying ore for various customers around the lakes and stone cargoes to various ports.
 

Overall Dimensions (barge)
Length  740'00" (225.56m)
Beam  78'00" (23.77m)
Depth  45'00" (13.72m)
Capacity  39,600 tons (40,236 tonnes)


Overall Dimensions (tug)
Length  135'04" (41.22m)
Beam  50'00" (15.24m)
Depth  26'00" (7.92m)
Power (diesel)  10,200 b.h.p.
Gross tonnage  1,179 tons

 

Combined Overall Dimensions (articulated tug/barge)
Length  844'10" (257.60m)
Beam  78'00" (23.77m)
Depth  45'00" (13.72m)

 


Soo Locks, July 2004. Rod Burdick

Marquette, MI Aug., 2004. Lee Rowe

Escanaba, MI Dec. 2004. Lee Rowe

Rod Burdick

Rod Burdick

Todd Davidson

Stern view of the barge at Halter Marine's shipyard in New Orleans. Alex Rankine

The boom waiting to be installed. Alex Rankine

Close up of the vessels name. Alex Rankine

Departing Mississippi. Alex Rankine

Great lakes Trader filling the Iroquois Lock to capacity.  Bud Bonner

H-9901 secured in the notch ready for the lock to be filled.  Bud Bonner

Joyce L. backing out of the lock and the H-9901 entering to push the Great lakes Trader. Bud Bonner

The barge Pathfinder passing the Great Lakes Trader in the Welland Canal below Lock 3. The Pathfinder was on a rare trip down to Quebec City. Jeff Thoreson

Great Lakes Trader upbound in the Welland Canal followed by the tug H-9901. Jeff Thoreson

Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre

More pictures of the Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort


Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre

Aerial view. Don Coles

Detroit River, stern view.
Mike Nicholls

Tug in the notch. Mike Nicholls

Mike Nicholls

Mike Nicholls

Escanaba on first trip. R. Burdick

Stephen Hause

Jim Hoffman

Todd Shorkey

Mike Nicholls

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

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