Thursday, March 26, 2020

Saginaw River Passage #1 of 2020

The Saginaw River saw her first commercial vessel passage of the 2020 shipping season, with the arrival of the tug Spartan and her tank barge, Spartan II. The pair arrived late Wednesday morning, March 18th, 2020, calling on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload at the Dow/Oxy unloading connection. The arrival of the Spartan/Spartan II starts the 2020 season three weeks earlier than the 2019 season.






Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mississagi Passing the John J. Boland - 9/10/19

Mississagi passing the John J. Boland at the Burroughs North Dock in Essexville, Michigan.  9/10/19

Mississagi Outbound on the Saginaw River - 9/10/19

Mississagi outbound on the Saginaw River, after unloading overnight at the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee,  9/10/19





John J. Boland inbound on the Saginaw River - 9/10/19

The John J. Boland, arriving on the Saginaw River, to unload at the Burroughs North Dock in Essexville on 9/10/19.





Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Saginaw River Vessel Passages - June 2019


For the month of June 2019, there were 23 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River.  This represents three fewer vessel passages than during June 2018.  As compared to the 5-year and 10-year statistical averages, the number of passages was up with the 5-year average being 21 vessels and then 10-year average at 20 vessels.

Looking at the total number of commercial vessel passages for the year-to-date through the end of June 2019, there were a total of 47.  This is three more passages than during the same time period in 2018.  This also represents an increase of six passages more than both the 5-year and 10-year statistical averages recorded at 41 for each.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Saginaw River Passages - June 14th

Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville, early Thursday morning. She finished her unload, but now waited at the dock for extreme Saginaw River currents to subside. The river was at flood stage and the strong currents are from recent heavy rains and runoff.

Algoma Innovator has been anchored out in the Saginaw Bay for two days, waiting to deliver her cargo to the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock.


Alpena as seen from the Islander on 6-14-19

Monday, June 3, 2019

Saginaw River Vessel Passages - May 2019

So far in 2019, traffic has been steady on the Saginaw River, and above both the 5-year and 10-year averages. For the month of May, there were 16 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River. This is an increase from the 14 recorded during May last year. Looking at the historical data, the 16 passages recorded this May were above both the 5-year average of 15 and the 10-year average of 14 vessel passages.
For the total commercial vessel passages for the year-to-date, there have been 24 so far in 2019. This is six more than were recorded for the same time period in 2018. It is also above the 5-year average of 21 and 10-year average of 22 commercial vessel passages