There were a total of 17 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River during the month of October, 2018. This number represents an increase of two passages over the same time period in 2017, an increase of one over the 5-year average of 16, and an increase of one over the 10-year average, also of 16.
For the shipping season for the year to date, there have been 120 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River. This represents an increase of eight passages over the same period in 2017, an increase of 14 passages compared to the 5-year average of 106, and an increase of seven passages over the 10-year average of 113 commercial vessel passages.
Commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River totaled 18 for the month of September. This is a slight decrease from the same month last year, when there were 20. This was right on par with the 5-year average of 18 passages however.
For the year to date, there have been 103 commercial vessel passages. This is the highest number at this point of the season since 2009, when there were 119 passages by the end of September. Last season, there were 97 passages at the end of September. For the 5-year, September 2018 was 13 passages above the average of 90.
On the Saginaw River, for the month of August, there were 21 commercial vessel passages. This was an increase of two passages over August of 2017 and three more than the 5-year average of 18 passages. For the year-to-date, there have been 85 commercial vessel passages. Also an increase over 2017 by eight vessel passages and twelve passages more than the 5-year average.
So far in 2018, the shipping season is turning out to be the best in years, as far as the vessel passage numbers are concerned. You have to go back to 2013 to have an August with at least 21 passages and back to 2012 to find year-to-date numbers of at least 85.
During the month of July on the Saginaw River, there were a total of 20 commercial vessel passages. This is a decrease of five from July of last year, when there were 25 vessel passages. It is however in increase over the 5-year average of 18 vessel passages for the month.
For the total commercial vessel passages for the year to date, there have been 64 on the Saginaw River as of the end of July. This represents an increase over the 2017 numbers by six passages. Compared to the 5-year average, the 64 total passages for the year to date are also above the average of 55.