Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saginaw River Passage - May 4th

Saturday morning saw the first aggregate cargo of the season arrive on the Saginaw River, brought in by the Olive L. Moore - Lewis JKuber.  Carrying a split cargo for the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City and the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw, the Moore/Kuber stopped first at Bay Aggregate and attempted to back into the slip there.  After numerous attempts with no success, a request for assistance went out to the tug Kurt Luedtke, who was waiting with a mud scow at Consumers Energy for the river to clear.  After having no luck in backing into the slip with the assistance from the Luedtke, the Kuber's cargo was finally dropped upriver from Bay Aggregates, on the cement pad just east of the Dow Chemical dock.  Once finished there, the Olive L. Moore - Lewis JKuber continued upriver, Saturday evening,  to finish unloading at the Buena Vista dock.
Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber upbound at Cass Avenue on May 4, 2013

Stern view

Unloading at the Dow Chemical Dock in Bay City
Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber upbound at Cass Avenue.  May 4, 2013


  1. I saw the other Kuber today...

  2. Just wondering why they had so much trouble getting into the bay agg dock? Was it because of current or other reasons?

  3. Hi Dan. I wasn't able to get down there to watch, but the current in the river is way down compared to what it has been. Back to the normal median levels for this time of year in fact. I don't know if it was wind, possibly shoaling at the entrance to the slip, or some other reason. They have backed into this dock many times before though.