Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - June 28th

After arriving nearly five days ago, both the Algoway and the G.L. Ostrander - Integrity, were able to turn with tug assistance and depart the Saginaw River on Wednesday. Extremely heavy rains caused flood conditions and very strong currents in the river. Conditions had improved enough by Wednesday to safely attempt to turn both vessels with tug assistance. The tug Manitou assisted the G.L. Ostrander - Integrity this morning. Then both the Manitou and the Gregory J. Busch assisted Algoway this afternoon.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saginaw River Passages - June 23rd & 24th

Algoway called on the Saginaw River on June 23rd, tying up at the LaFarge Cement dock in Essexville. She then moved a short distance upriver, to the Port Fisher dock in Bay City, to make room for the arriving G.L. Ostrander - Integrity, which also called on the Lafarge Dock. Algoway is waiting for better, safer conditions before unloading her cargo. G.L Ostrander - Integrity is unloaded and tied up, waiting to be able to turn around, as the current in the Saginaw River is at extreme levels from very heavy rains earlier in the week.
The Saginaw River is under a flood warning and as of 9am Sunday, June 25th, the river is currently at 18.08 feet and rising. Flood stage is 17 feet. The Saginaw River is expected to crest at 20.4 feet. The current rate of flow is 32,100 cubic feet per second near Downtown Bay City. The median flow rate is normally 5,000 cubic feet per second.
Algoway tied up at the Port Fisher dock in Bay City

G.L. Ostrander - Integrity tied up at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville

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.