The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound on the Saginaw River on Tuesday, traveling upriver to unload at the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw. The pair finished their unload and were back outbound for the lake later in the evening. The tug Manitou also arrived overnight, tying up at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville. Manitou is on hand to assist the YM Saturn, who is scheduled to arrive in the next few day to unload at the Port Fisher Fertilizer Dock.
The slow start to the Great Lakes shipping season was also evident on the Saginaw River. For the month of May, there were nine commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River. That is only half of the total from last season, when there were 18 during the same period. It is also below the five year average of 12. For total passages, year to date, there were 11. That is 10 less then last season and 12 less than the five year average of 23.