On Friday, the USCG Cutter Hollyhock escorted the Alpena through the ice on the Saginaw Bay. Once at the Front Range, Hollyhock stopped at Consumers Energy leaving Alpena to bust through the ice on the Saginaw River herself as she made her way to the Essroc dock in Essexville. Alpena's visit is the first of 2013 for the Saginaw River.
|Alpena at the Essroc dock in Essexville - January 4, 2013|
This was an unusual trip for the Alpena as I haven't seen a ILM vessel unload on the Saginaw River anywhere other than Lafarge. In 2012, the G.L. Ostrander - Integrity also unloaded at Essroc. Something to keep an eye on for 2013.
|Alpena busting ice while upbound on the Saginaw River - January 4, 2013|