Thursday, July 2, 2015

Saginaw River Passages - July 2nd

There were two vessels calling on the Saginaw River Thursday morning.  American Mariner was first, calling on the Bay City Wirt Stone dock to unload.  Once finished , she backed from the dock and out of the Saginaw River, turning around out in the Saginaw Bay.  The Olive L. Moore - Lewis JKuber were the second in, arriving with a split cargo for the bay Aggregates dock in Bay City and the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw.  The pair were back outbound for the lake late in the evening.

American Mariner inbound at the Essexville turn


Stern view at the Lake State Railway Bridge


Saginaw River Shipping in June

Commercial shipping on the Saginaw River has been on the rebound so far in 2015.  For the month of June, there were 20 commercial vessel passages.  That is six more than during the same month last year, when there were 14, and two more than the five year average.  For the year to date, there have been 45 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River.  This number is twenty more than in 2014, when there were only 25, and five more than the five year average.  July has started out strong as well with two deliveries so far in the first two days of July.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Saginaw River Passages - June 29th - July 1st

There have been a number of vessel passages on the Saginaw River in the past three days.  Monday saw the arrival of two vessels.  Manitowoc made her first visit of the season to the Saginaw River, arriving with a split cargo for the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Stone Docks.  Later in the day the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Burroughs Materials Dock in Zilwaukee.  On Tuesday, the tug Spartan and tank barge Spartan II called on the Port Fisher Fertilizer dock in Bay City, unloading for Dow/Oxy.  Wednesday saw the arrival of the sailing vessels Nina and Pinta, docking at Veteran's Memorial Park in the Downtown Bay City Area.  The replica's of the famous vessels they represent will be in Bay City through the holiday weekend and open for tours.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Saginaw River Passages - June 26th

H. Lee White arrived on the Saginaw River, early Friday morning, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  She was outbound during the late afternoon, after unloading.  Alpena was inbound early Friday evening, calling on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.  She was expected to be outbound on Saturday.

Alpena inbound just past the Saginaw River Front Range


Unloading at the Lafarge Cement dock


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saginaw River Passages - June 17th through 25th

I have just returned from a trip with the family to Walt Disney World in Florida.  Here is what took place on the Saginaw river while I was gone:

The H. Lee White called on the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City on June 19th to unload.  There were two vessels calling on Saginaw River docks on June 22nd.  The American Integrity called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville, while the tug Samuel de Champlain and cement barge Innovation, called on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.

That was all for the week.  Here is a passenger ferry photo I took at the Magic Kingdom while I was there.

Walt Disney Ferry - Richard F. Irvine

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Saginaw River Passages - June 7th, 8th, & 9th

The tug Leonard M., pushing the barge Huron Spirit, called on the Bay Aggregates dock on Sunday to unload.  This was their second visit to Bay Aggregate this season.  The next day saw Algorail make a rare visit to the Bay Aggregates dock to unload.  She was outbound late Monday night. Early Tuesday morning saw the arrival of the tug Zeus and tank barge Robert F. Deegan.  The pair called on the Port Fisher Dock to unload for Dow/Oxy.  Zeus-Deegan were outbound Tuesday night.

Zeus at the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City





Friday, June 5, 2015

Saginaw River Passages - June 4th & 5th

The Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the Saginaw River, Thursday, carrying a split cargo.  The pair dropped a partial cargo at the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City, before continuing upriver to finish unloading at the Wirt Stone dock in Saginaw.  The Moore-Kuber were outbound for the lake Friday morning.  Friday evening saw Algoway inbound on the Saginaw River, traveling up to the Buena Vista dock to unload.  She was expected to be back outbound sometime on Saturday.

Algoway inbound on the Saginaw River at Cheboyganing Creek

Making the turn at Cheboyganing Creek