Commercial vessel deliveries on the Saginaw River totaled 18 for the month of August. This was one less compared to the same month last season. Looking at the long term averages, August 2015 had two less commercial vessel passages than the 5-year average and six less than the 10-year average.
Looking at the 2015 shipping season to date, there have been 82 commercial vessel passages as of August 31st. This number represents a big increase over the 2014 season, when there were 60. Comparing this to the 5-year average, we again see an increase for 2015 of four commercial vessel passages. The 10-year average however comes in at 104 passages for the season through the end of August, so although traffic is increasing, we are still behind where we once were.