With a total of three commercial vessel deliveries for the month of April, traffic on the Saginaw River was down 79% as compared to the same period last year (14 vessel passages) and 75% compared to the five year average of twelve commercial passages. Additionally, there have been no cargos of aggregates delivered to Saginaw River ports so far in 2013. Delays due to weather and river currents certainly played a role in the decrease, as well as a decreased demand for the products handled by the docks along the Saginaw River.
Dredging is underway in the lower river with crews from Luedtke Engineering presently working off the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville. A number of tugs have been active so far this season, with the Superior, Wyoming, Kurt R. Luedtke, Karl E. Luedtke, and Gregory J. Busch all moving in the river at some point. The USCG Cutter Hollyhock has also made a number of visits, working aids to navigation out in the Saginaw Bay. The research vessel, Mudpuppy II, has also visited the Saginaw River.