Duluth, Sturgeon Bay Winter Layup Updates

On Wednesday, Kaye E. Barker moved out of Fraser Shipyards and departed from winter layup. Later in the evening, she was followed out of port by the 1,000 footer American Century, departing from Port Terminal. Their departures leave Indiana Harbor laid up at Lakehead Pipeline, and Herbert C. Jackson being repowered in Fraser Shipyards. In Sturgeon Bay, Joseph L. Block departed winter layup earlier this week, and 1,000 footers Mesabi Miner and American Spirit departed on Wednesday. Wilfred Sykes also departed on Wednesday, sporting a fresh coat of paint. There are now seven vessels still laid up – two of which, John G. Munson and American Courage, are not expected to sail this season unless economic conditions improve. John G. Munson is also being repowered, and that project is not supposed to be finished until June. The other vessels are James R. Barker, Alpena, Lee A. Tregurtha, and the tugs Invincible and Michigan.

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