Action in our port this past week started with the arrival of the Interlake Steamship Co.’s self-unloading motor vessel Herbert C. Jackson early the morning of June 27. The Jackson was making its first trip into Grand Haven for the season and delivered a load of stone to the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg. Shortly after noon, the Jackson backed out to the lake.
The next day, Pere Marquette Shipping’s articulated tug/barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived in the morning to deliver a load of ag lime to Verplank’s. While the PM41 was unloading, Port City Marine’s ATB Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger arrived and tied up at the St. Marys Cement terminal. The PM41 departed later that day and the Challenger left the next day.
Finally, on Monday afternoon, the Wilfred Sykes returned to our port laden with another cargo of slag for Meekhof’s D&M on Harbor Island. The Sykes was gone shortly before sunset.
The Jackson was making its first visit to Grand Haven for the season. It was built as a straight-deck bulk carrier in 1959 by Great Lakes Engineering Works of River Rouge for the Interlake Steamship Co. In 1975, it was converted to a self-unloader by Defoe Shipbuilding Co. of Bay City.
The ship is named for Herbert Cooper Jackson, a former executive vice president and director of Pickands Mather & Co.
The Jackson is 690 feet long; 75 feet wide; and 37 feet, 6 inches deep. It has a cargo capacity of 24,800 tons. It is powered by two MaK-6M32E diesel engines.
To recap the activities in our port through the month of June, we saw vessels deliver 13 cargos. For the season so far, we have received 32 cargoes in total. This is an 11 percent decrease when compared with numbers from last season, when June 2017 ended with 36 cargoes received.
So far, 11 different vessels have visited our port, eight of them American-flagged and three Canadian-flagged.
It’s hard to predict what the month of July will bring us. The Kaye E. Barker and Wilfred Sykes are due at Verplank’s in the coming days, so keep an eye out for them. D&M is expecting the Sykes, too, as well as the Joseph H. Thompson sometime next week.