Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saginaw River Passages - Saptember 23rd

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River early Thursday morning with a split cargo. The pair stopped at the Lafarge dock in Essexville, before continuing upriver, stopping briefly at the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee. They then went further upriver, stopping at the Saginaw Rock Products dock. The Moore & Kuber were outbound Thursday evening.

The tug Zeus, with the tank barge Robert F. Deegan, called on the Dow Chemical "Oxy" dock in Bay City Thursday morning to unload. The pair remained there early Friday morning.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Saginaw River Passages - September 20th

The Calumet was inbound early Monday morning, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to unload. She finished and departed for the lake, late in the morning. Monday evening saw the arrival of the Olive L. Moore with the Lewis J. Kuber. The pair also called on the Bay Aggregates dock to unload. They were still at the dock late into the evening.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saginaw River Passages - September 17th & 18th

After a week with no traffic on the Saginaw River, Friday saw the arrival of three vessels. Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was the first to arrive, early Friday morning and calling on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville. She completed her unload by late morning, backed from the dock, and turned near Light 12 to head for the lake. Maumee and Calumet also arrived on the river during the day Friday. Maumee traveled up to the Saginaw area to unload. It is not known at this time what dock she called on. Calumet lightered at the Lafarge Stone dock in Essexville, before continuing upriver to finish unloading at the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw. Both vessels were outbound for the lake Saturday morning.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Saginaw River Passages - September 7th -9th

Calumet was back on the Saginaw River late Tuesday night, with another cargo for the GM dock in Saginaw. She completed her unload and was outbound on Wednesday. Thursday morning saw the arrival of the American Mariner, who called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload coal. This dock is usually serviced by the 1000 footers, so the Mariner's visit is a little unusual. Algorail was also inbound early Thursday, stopping at the Buena Vista dock and the GM dock, both in Saginaw. After unloading, Algorail was outbound Thursday night, and once she had passed Consumers Energy, the American Mariner began backing from the dock and out into the Saginaw Bay to turn at Light 12 and head for the lake.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Saginaw River Passages - September 3rd to 6th

On Friday, the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Lewis J. Kuber arrived on the Saginaw River and lightered at the Wirt Sand & Stone dock in Essexville. The pair then waited out extremely strong winds for the next day and a half at the Essroc dock, before heading upriver to finish their unload at the Saginaw Rock Products Dock.

On Monday, Calumet was inbound for the GM Dock in Saginaw. She was expected to be outbound late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Saginaw River Passages - September 2nd

Three vessels plied the waters of the Saginaw River over the past few days. Calumet was outbound on Thursday after completing her unload at the Saginaw Wirt dock. Inbound on Thursday was Indiana Harbor, who unloaded coal at the Consumers Energy dock, in Essexville. She was later outbound. The tug Karen Andrie, with the tank barge Endeavour, called on the Bit-Mat dock in Bay City, to unload. The pair was outbound Thursday evening. The tug Karl Luedtke, along with a few barges and a lot of dredge pipe, entered the Saginaw River on Thursday, in preperation for the upcoming lower river dredging project.

August 2010 Saginaw River Report

For the month of August, shipping traffic was up on the Saginaw River compared to last year. The 23 commercial passages in August 2010 are 5 more than the same period last year. For total passages year-to-date, there have been 86. This is still below 2009 numbers, which were 95 passages.

Looking at the averages, the six year average for August is 30 vessels. 2010 is 7 passages below that. For the year-to-date, the six year average is 144 passages. 2010 is below that number by a large 58 fewer vessel trips.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Saginaw River Passage - September 1st

Calumet was inbound the Saginaw River, Wednesday afternoon, carrying a split load. She stopped at the Bay City Wirt Stone dock to lighter, then continued upriver to the Saginaw Wirt Stone dock to finish. Calumet was expected to be outbound early Thursday morning.