G-Tug Photo Contest Begins!

The Great Lakes Towing Company’s 2nd Annual 2016 photo contest has officially begun! Some viewers may remember this contest from last season as well. Any photos containing or featuring a G-Tug can be submitted for a chance to win Great Lakes Towing gear, recognition on the company’s website, and many other prizes! The contest runs from now through the end of the 2016 navigation season. To see all the details and submit your photos, visit the contest information page.

And as a guide for those of you wishing to participate, visit this page on the Great Lakes Group’s blog to see last year’s contest winners! Good luck!



Algomarine on Final Trip

Algoma Central’s Algomarine is on her final trip, carrying a load of salt from Goderich, Ontario, to Montreal. After unloading, she will be towed overseas to Turkey for scrapping.

Algomarine, built in 1968, is the first of six vessels Algoma announced earlier this year that were to be retired. The company did not give any names, although vessels such as Algoma Navigator, Algosoo, Peter R. Cresswell, Algosteel, and the tanker Algosar are likely to be retired also. Visit this photo gallery from boatnerd.com for photos of her last trip.

Sturgeon Bay Updates

It’s been over a week since Sturgeon Bay saw any departures, but there has been plenty of work going on. On Friday, the large crane over the graving dock lowered the new diesel engine into the hull of the John G. Munson. The Munson was towed out of the graving dock on Saturday morning and moored in a slip, where work on securing the new engine will continue. According to a report on Boatnerd.com, the tug and barge combination Ashtabula/tug Defiance arrived last Sunday. The tug Defiance and the tank barge Great Lakes are in the floating drydock for various repair work. In addition, the tug Michigan (paired with Great Lakes), is in the small drydock. James R. Barker and Lee A. Tregurtha are having exhaust gas scrubbers installed, and American Courage remains in layup.

Duluth’s First Saltie of the Season Arrives

The Netherlands-flagged Albanyborg passed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Sunday evening, becoming the port’s first saltwater ship of the season. The ship docked at the Port Terminal to move bulkheads around before she moves to the CHS elevator in Superior for a load of grain. The Wagenborg vessel was also the first to transit the St. Lawrence Seaway when it opened for the season on March 23.

Indiana Harbor and Herbert C. Jackson remain in layup at Duluth, and with the shipping season having started only a week ago, traffic at Duluth has been quite steady.