Barbara Andrie & Rebecca Lynn 1/29/21

Andrie tugs Barbara Andrie and Rebecca Lynn called on Muskegon on Friday. Rebecca Lynn arrived first, stopping at the Mart Dock, and proceeding to the Verplank’s Cobb Dock to pick up her barge A-397. She and her barge departed for Indiana Harbor late in the evening. Barbara Andrie arrived and docked at the Andrie Dock for layup. The two tugs had towed the cement barge Innovation from Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay to load a storage load of cement at Alpena, then dropped the barge off at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for winter layup. The tugboat normally paired with Innovation, the Samuel de Champlain, is undergoing work on her propulsion systems at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay.

Algoma Intrepid 1/27/21

Algoma Intrepid came into port around 7:00 today, with a cargo of salt for the Verplank Salt Dock. She loaded her cargo in Goderich, Ontario. This was her first visit to Muskegon, as the Intrepid arrived on the Great Lakes on her maiden voyage in November 2020.

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Algoma Intrepid unloading salt at Muskegon, Michigan, January 27, 2021. Photo by Debbie Falkowski

Joseph L. Block 1/15/21

Joseph L. Block brought in a load of slag from Indiana Harbor, for the Verplank Lakeside Dock. This is the Block‘s second visit of the 2020-2021 season, calling on Muskegon on May 15, 2020, with a similar cargo. The slag cargoes for the Lakeside Dock are typically brought in by the Wilfred Sykes, which has been laid up since April due to the economy. Joseph L. Block will be heading to Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, for winter layup after she completes unloading.