Last Thursday morning, Port City Marine’s articulated tug/barge combination Bradshaw McKee/Commander arrived in port with a partial load of cement for the terminal in Ferrysburg. The barge had unloaded a portion of its cargo in Chicago before visiting our port.
Later in the day, another tug/barge paid a visit. Pere Marquette Shipping’s duo of the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 called on the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg to deliver a load of stone from Port Inland.
Both units were gone by the next morning.
Tuesday morning saw the arrival of the steamship Wilfred Sykes to the Verplank dock.
Through the month of June, we have seen 29 commercial deliveries. This is three less than we had a year ago and a decrease of the same amount in our five-year average, which is 32.
Eleven different vessels have visited our port so far this season, eight of which are American-flagged and three Canadian-flagged. This is the same number as last season. We usually see 15-17 different vessels visit during a shipping season.
When counting the most recent arrival of the Sykes, the freighter is tied with the Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 for the most visits, each with nine.
We may see the Algoma Innovator and Wilfred Sykes in port this weekend at Meekhof’s D&M, as well as the Kaye E. Barker at Verplank’s. Note that these arrivals are tentative and subject to change.