Great Lakes Trader
IMO 8635966

Downbound in the St. Marys River, May 24, 2016.
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Built for Great Lakes Marine Leasing and operated by Van Enkevort 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 of 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.


Written by George Wharton.



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 39,600 tons

 


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)

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

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, June 17, 2000.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Loading in Escanaba on first trip, June 23, 2000.
(Rod Burdick)

St. Marys River, 2000.
(Roger LeLievre)

St. Marys River.
(Roger LeLievre)

Aerial view, Oct. 2000.
(Don Coles)

Stern view on the Detroit River.
(Mike Nicholls)

Tug in the notch.
(Mike Nicholls)

Close up of the tug, June 19, 2001.
(Todd Shorkey)

Pulling up to a dock on the Saginaw River, June 22, 2001.
(Stephen Hause)

Calm morning, Oct. 22, 2001.
(Todd Shorkey)

Windy day on the Detroit River, May 2, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Tug out of the notch on the Saginaw River, Sept. 1, 2003.
(Todd Shorkey)

Unloading in Saginaw, Sept. 21, 2003.
(Todd Shorkey)

Soo Locks, July 2004.
(Rod Burdick)

Loading in Marquette, Aug. 2004.
(Lee Rowe)

Loading in Escanaba, Dec. 2004.
(Lee Rowe)

Loading stone.
(Roger LeLievre)

Downbound in the St. Marys River.
(Roger LeLievre)

Coming off Lake Huron, March 29, 2009.
(Gordy Garris)

About to go under the Blue Water Bridge.
(Gordy Garris)

Entering the Duluth piers, April 10, 2010.
(Mike Sipper)

Stern view.
(Mike Sipper)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 30, 2010.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the bow.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Passing through the fog on the St. Marys River, May 21, 2011.
(Roger LeLievre)

Making her way through the ice in the lower St. Marys River, April 1, 2014.
(Brian Wagoner)

Ojibway delivering supplies, May 24, 2016.
(Roger LeLievre)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, May 24, 2016.
(Roger LeLievre)


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