On the afternoon of July 31, Central Marine Logistics self-unloading steamship Wilfred Sykes arrived in port and traveled up the Grand River to Meekhof’s D&M to unload a cargo of slag. The Sykes blew several salutes as it came in, and delivered one to the Escanaba, Neah Bay and Constable Carrière tied up at Government Basin. All three Coast Guard boats returned the salute, and then the Sykes saluted again, this time with dual whistles.
The next day, Port City Marine’s articulated tug/barge combination Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest was inbound in the morning to deliver a cargo of cement to the St. Marys Cement terminal in Ferrysburg. The pair was gone by dawn the next morning.
Cement cargoes are loaded in Charlevoix, and the Conquest mainly stays on Lake Michigan during a typical shipping season, calling on Chicago, Grand Haven, Green Bay, Manitowoc and Milwaukee in a season.
However, a trip to Owen Sound, Ontario, is usually made during the season by either the Conquest or St. Marys Challenger.
In the past few years, the Conquest and Challenger have both made trips down to Lake Erie to deliver loads to Detroit and Toledo.
Through the month of July, we have received 43 cargoes. This is a 19 percent decrease from July 2017. When compared with numbers from the past five seasons, we hold a slight 3 percent increase.
Nine U.S.-flagged vessels have called on our port so far, as well as three Canadian-flagged carriers. Our most frequent visitor is the Wilfred Sykes with 10 visits, followed by the Kaye E. Barker with seven.
There are a number of vessels to look out for in the next week or so. Keep an eye out for the Joseph H. Thompson at Meekhof’s D&M and possibly the Wilfred Sykes. Verplank’s is expecting the Pere Marquette 41 and Kaye E. Barker.