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Busy port

Samuel Hankinson/Ships Log • Dec 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The Port of Grand Haven saw quite a bit of activity this past week as the calendar turned from November to December.

Grand River Navigation’s self-unloading motor vessel Calumet arrived in port last Wednesday with a partial load of stone for the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg. The Calumet’s load had been taken aboard in Calcite, Michigan. Part of it had been unloaded in Ludington prior to its arrival here.

Last Thursday night, Port City’s articulated tug/barge Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger came in with a partial load of cement for the St. Marys Cement terminal in Ferrysburg.

Following several hours behind the Challenger was the steamship Wilfred Sykes of Central Marine Logistics. The Sykes crossed the pier heads early Friday morning, bound for the Verplank dock.

Both vessels were gone by the afternoon. The Challenger headed across the lake to Milwaukee to discharge the remainder of its cement cargo. Indiana Harbor was the next port of call for the Sykes, where the vessel would be loading another cargo of slag.

On the first day of December, Pere Marquette Shipping’s articulated tug/barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 paid a visit to the Verplank dock with a load of slag from Burns Harbor, Indiana. The duo was outbound in the afternoon.

The Wilfred Sykes returned to Grand Haven early Tuesday morning, this time with slag for Meekhof’s D&M on Harbor Island. The Sykes was gone by mid-morning.

This season, our port has received 81 cargoes through the month of November, not counting the two cargoes in December we’ve gotten so far. This is a significant decrease in activity when compared with last season, when our port had 97 shipments. We are ahead of our five-year average for the month of November, which is 79.

As we enter the last month or two of our season, activity will likely be scarce. There are still some vessels on the schedule, but those loads can change or get canceled altogether, depending on weather.

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