Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - June 20th-21st

Indiana Harbor called on the Saginaw River to unload coal at the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville on June 20th.  Later that morning, she backed from the dock, out into Saginaw Bay, to turn and head for the lake.

Olive L Moore - Menominee arrived on the 21st, traveling up the river to unload at the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw.  The pair was back outbound during the early evening hours.

Indiana Harbor booming in after her unload at Consumers Energy in Essexville


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - June 7th to June 15th

The following were the commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River, between June 7th and June 15th:

June 7 -  American Integrity - Consumers Energy Dock - Essexville
June 9 -  Sam Laud - Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates - Bay City
June 11 - Olive L. Moore/Menominee - Burroughs Zilwaukee & Lafarge Stone Saginaw
June 13 - Zeus/Robert F. Deegan - Port Fisher/Dow Dock - Bay City
June 14 - Olive L. Moore/Menominee - Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates
June 15 - Samuel de Champlain/Innovation - Lafarge Cement Dock - Essexville
June 15 - Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder - Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City & Saginaw

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Saginaw River Report - May 2017

There were a total of 14 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River during the month of May. This represents an increase of one passage over the same time period last season. Looking at the 5-year average, May 2017 is right there, equal at 14 commercial vessel passages.
Looking at the total vessel passages for the year to date, there have been 18, the same number logged over the same time period in 2016. Compared to the 5-year average, the 18 passages in 2017, is one less than the average of 19.

Saginaw River Passages - June 4th & 5th

Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder were inbound on the Saginaw River on Sunday, June 4th, delivering a split cargo to the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Stone docks. Monday saw two vessels on the Saginaw River, with Calumet calling on the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City, and Michipicoten delivering a cargo to the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - May 25th to June 1st

A number of recent Saginaw River Passages to report:
On May 25th, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload.. On the 27th, American Mariner was inbound, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. Also in on the 27th was the Olive L. Moore - Menominee, calling on both the Burroughs North dock in Essexville, and the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw. Finally, On June 1st, Great Republic called on the Saginaw River for the first time in her new Great Lakes Fleet colors, and with her new name, unloading a split cargo at the Burroughs North Dock and the Essexvile Wirt sand & Stone dock. Great Republic had previously visited the Saginaw River as the American Republic, while sailing for the American Steamship Company. Her last visit to the Saginaw River was on October 12, 2008, when she unloaded at the Bay Aggregate dock in Bay City.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - May 22nd

Samuel de Champlain - Innovation called on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville on Saturday, bringing in the first cement cargo of the season. Monday morning saw the arrival of the Olive L. Moore - Menominee on the Saginaw River. The pair traveled up to the Buena Vista dock to unload.
Olive L. Moore - Menominee outbound from the Saginaw River - 5/22/17


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - May 19th

There were four commercial vessels moving on the Saginaw River today. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived early Friday morning, calling on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload coal. The tug Olive L. Moore, and her barge, Menominee, were inbound, headed to the upper river to unload at the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw. The tug Dorothy Ann, and barge Pathfinder, were back again, this time with a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw. Last in was H. Lee White, delivering a cargo to the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. All four vessels were expected to be outbound by late Friday night.










Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - May 17th

The Olive L. Moore - Menominee arrived on the Saginaw River early Wednesday morning, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock to unload.  A short time later, Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder also arrived on the Saginaw River with a cargo for Bay Aggregates, but with the slip already in use.  The pair had to tie up at the Wirt Essexville Sand & Stone dock to wait.  Late Wednesday afternoon, the Moore - Menominee finished their unload and departed Bay Aggregates for the lake.  Immediately after, Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder backed into the slip and began unloading.
Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder tied up at Essexville Wirt Sand & Stone


Backing into the Bay Aggregates Slip



Olive L. Moore - Menominee outbound  passing Appledore IV




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saginaw River Passage - May 14th

Cuyahoga was inbound on the Saginaw River, early Sunday morning, calling on the Buena Vista dock, located just above the Zilwaukee/I-75 Bridge. She was outbound Sunday afternoon, after finishing her unload. Cuyahoga is the first vessel to travel to the upper Saginaw river this season.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saginaw River Passage - May 4th

The tug Defiance, and her self unloading barge, Ashtabula, unloaded overnight at the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City. Thursday morning saw the pair backing out of the Saginaw River and headed for the lake.
Definace/Ashtabula backing from the Saginaw River at the Bay Aggregates Slip





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Saginaw River Passage - May 3rd

The American Integrity arrived in the Saginaw Bay on Tuesday, anchoring out there overnight. She came in early Wednesday morning, calling on the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville to unload coal. American Integrity then backed from the dock when finished, backing out to Light 12 in the Saginaw Bay to turn and head for the lake.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saginaw River Report - April 2017

There were a total of three commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River for the month of April, representing a decrease of one passage for the same month last season. Looking at past numbers, the passages were one fewer than the 5-year average of four, and five fewer than the 10-year average of 8 for the month of April.

Looking at year-to-date numbers, 2017 has had 4 commercial vessel deliveries to docks along the Saginaw River, one less than the same time period in 2016. Going back, the four passages are equal to the 5-year average, and four fewer than the 10-year average for the end of April

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Saginaw River Passage - April 26th

H Lee White was inbound on the Saginaw River this evening, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock, in Bay City. this is only the third commercial vessel delivery so far this shipping season.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saginaw River Passage - April 22nd

The American Steamship Company vessel, Indiana Harbor, called on the Saginaw River this morning, delivering coal to the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville. This marked only the second commercial delivery of the 2017 shipping season and the first since March 30th, when the tug Spartan and tank barge, Spartan II, called on the Port Fisher dock in Bay City.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 Season Begins! Saginaw River Passage - March 30th

On Thursday afternoon, and without fanfare or celebration, the 2017 commercial shipping season began on the Saginaw River, with the arrival of the tug Spartan, and her tank barge, Spartan II. The pair called on the Port Fisher dock in Bay City, arriving on March 30th and starting the season 11 days later than last year.
Spartan - Spartan II upbound on the Saginaw River at Bay Harbor Marina




Monday, January 9, 2017

Saginaw River 2016 Year End Season Report

Saginaw River 2016 Shipping Season Wrap-Up

After an increase in commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River during the 2015 season, there was optimism that we would again see an increase in commercial traffic for the 2016 season.   That optimism however, never became a reality, with numbers coming in more like the dismal 2014 season.  The following is a look back at what took place along the banks of the Saginaw River during this past year:

The 2016 shipping season officially started on March 19th, with the arrival of the tug Samuel de Champlain and her cement barge, Innovation.  This was the second year in a row that the pair called on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville to start the season, this time, starting the season twenty one days earlier than the 2015 season opener.  The 2016 season came to a close on December 18th, when the American Integrity, departed the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville.  This was five days sooner than the 2015 close, for a season lasting 274 days.  For 2016, there were a total of 113 commercial vessel passages.  That is 19 fewer than the previous season.  These passages were made by 28 different vessels, representing fourteen different companies, an increase of one more unique vessel and one more company as compared to the 2015 numbers.

Looking at some of the other statistics from the 2016 season, there were 14 docks receiving cargos this season. While this number was unchanged from last year, the docks receiving product however, did change, as the GM Dock in Saginaw, received two cargos, after not receiving any in 2015.  The North Star Fertilizer Dock in Essexville did not receive any deliveries by boat in 2016, after receiving two in 2015.  The dock seeing the most traffic in 2016 was the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City, seeing 25 vessel deliveries.  This was the same number of deliveries as in the 2015 season.  Coming in second was the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City, with 22 cargo deliveries, nine fewer than the previous season, and the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw coming in third, with 20 cargo deliveries. These three docks accounted for 47% of all vessel deliveries to the Saginaw River in 2016.  The top two docks, Bay Aggregates and Bay City Wirt, have now been the two busiest docks for the past five years running.  In all, accounting for split cargos by some vessels that unloaded at two different docks on the same visit, there were 143 deliveries to the various docks along the Saginaw River.  This is 19 fewer actual dock deliveries than in 2015.

For the tenth year in a row, the tug Olive L. Moore, paired with the self-unloading barge Lewis J. Kuber, made the most trips to the Saginaw River, logging 25 visits.  This is a huge decrease from 2015, when the pair made 55 trips to the river.  The vessel with the second most trips to the Saginaw River, logging 18 trips, and cutting into the total of the Moore-Kuber due to a new contract acquisition, is Interlake Steamship Company’s tug Dorothy Ann, paired with the self-unloading barge Pathfinder. The top two were followed by Manitowoc, with 6 passages and then the Alpena and the Herbert C. Jackson with 5 visits each.

Lower Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation, as they have for many years now, logged the most visits by a fleet in 2016, with 44 vessel passages.  This was 19 fewer than 2015, but was still good enough for the tenth year in a row for LLT/GRN in the #1 position, accounting for 39% of the vessel passages on the Saginaw River.  The next busiest fleet was the Interlake Steamship Company with 23 vessel passages, and then in third was American Steamship Company with 16 passages. These three companies accounted for 73% of all deliveries on the Saginaw River in 2016.

There were a number of vessels that were visitors to the Saginaw River in 2015, that did not make a delivery here in 2016, with those vessels being American Courage, American Mariner, Buffalo, Indiana Harbor, Sam Laud, Manistee, Harbour Fountain, Larsholmen, and Chem Norma.  The list of boats that were not visitors in 2015, but visited the Saginaw River in 2016 were:  John J. Boland, Sjard, Dorothy Ann – Pathfinder, Calumet, Defiance – Ashtabula, Robert S. Pierson, Saginaw, Harbour Fashion, Happy Ranger, and Floretgracht.  The Floretgracht, Happy Ranger, and Sjard made their first ever deliveries to the Saginaw River in 2016.  The tugs Manitou and Kimberly Anne were also visitors. The USCG Cutter Hollyhock made visits to work aids to navigation in the Saginaw River Entrance Channel, and the tug Gregory J. Busch, who calls the Saginaw River home, was also up and down the river numerous times.

There were a few notable stories during 2016.   Crews from Dean Marine & Excavating worked out in the Saginaw Bay, west of the Saginaw River Front Range, dredging the Kawkawlin River Entrance Channel.  As mentioned earlier, neither the North Star Dock in Essexville, nor the Bit-Mat dock in Bay City received any cargo deliveries by water this season.  Another exciting story of note was the arrival of wind turbine components and blades, brought in to the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City, by foreign flagged cargo ships.  Port Fisher also received turbine components and blades by rail as well.  Finally, the tall ship festival returned to the Saginaw River in 2016, with the following vessels taking part: Pride of Baltimore II, Denis Sullivan, US Brig Niagara, El Galleon AndalucĂ­a, Draken Harald Harfagre, Madeline, Mist of Avalon, Pathfinder, Playfair, When and If, Appledore IV, and Appledore V.

The upcoming 2017 season will hopefully be a safe and profitable one for everyone involved. As I write this, ice is just now taking a firm hold on the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay.  Hopefully we will see all of our regular vessels again during the upcoming season, as well as some new boats, or boats that have not visited in some time.  We will also see if there is any maintenance dredging to be done on the Saginaw River this season.



Here is wishing everyone a safe and prosperous shipping season in 2017!