Vessel Scrappings Update

The following article was posted to today, giving an update of all the vessels in line for the scrapper’s torch.

The 12,000 horsepower saltwater tug Boulder arrived in Montreal Wednesday morning to tow the Navi (ex Algoma Navigator) to Turkey for scrap. Boulder was built in 1988 and is currently sailing under the flag of the Netherlands.

According to Transport Canada’s website, the tanker Algosar is now officially owned by Marine Recycling Corporation of Port Colborne, Ont. She will be cut up in the coming months.

Peter R. Cresswell, her name now abbreviated to Peter, had her Canadian registry closed on Wednesday. She is docked in Montreal awaiting a scrap tow.

After unloading scrap metal from the former laker Canadian Miner last weekend in Inztmit Bay, Turkey, the Catherine III (ex Catherine Desgagnés) is anchored off Aliaga, Turkey. It can be assumed that she is waiting her turn to be beached at the scrapyard.


This photo, taken by Joe Delaronde, shows Navi docked in Montreal awaiting her scrap tow. Note the stack markings painted out, and the black paint slapped on over the rest of her former name.


The former Algosar is docked at the Marine Recycling Corporation scrapyard, after a final sale to the yard earlier this year. The tanker has spent the past few years in and out of layup due to economic conditions, and Algoma finally decided it was time for her to go.


Algosar was built in 1978 as the U.S.-flagged tanker Gemini, and remained in active service until her sale to Algoma in 2005, when she was reflagged Canadian. Note that the small tanker has two propellers, which is a bit uncommon for a ship of her size.


Also at the MRC yard in Port Colborne is the former laker American Fortitude. She was originally sold to a Texas firm for scrapping last summer, but the deal fell through and the vessel was stuck laid up in Canada for the winter. The scrapyard has wasted no time taking the vessel apart, and she will no doubt be completely gone in a few short months. (Three photos above courtesy of Jeff Cameron)



New Moran Tug/Barge Combo Christened at Bay Ship

Last week Friday, Bay Shipbuilding’s newest tug and barge combination built for Moran Towing Company was christened at the shipyard. The 468-foot barge is named Louisiana, and the 121-foot tug was christened as Barbara Carol Ann Moran. This past winter, I was able to shoot the Louisiana berthed for the winter at the CenterPointe Yacht Services dock in between the Michigan and Oregon Street bridges.

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The barge, like her sisters Texas and Mississippi, will see service on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts hauling various oil and petroleum products.

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Here’s a stern view of the new barge. Note the high notch on the barge’s stern.

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I was unable to get any photos of the tug back in March because it was packed in by other vessels. This photo was taken Friday from the barge Louisiana of the christening ceremony. Note the John G. Munson and Lee A. Tregurtha in the background. The former is having her steam engine replaced with a modern diesel one, while the latter is having new exhaust gas scrubbers installed. (Photo courtesy of the Green Bay Press Gazette)

Alpena Enters Service following Shipyard Blaze

The 1942-vintage steamer Alpena arrived in her namesake port on Sunday evening to load her first cargo of cement for the 2016 shipping season. As many will recall, she suffered a devastating on-board fire while at Sturgeon Bay for her five-year survey back in November. Her owners, Inland Lakes Management, decided to repair the vessel, to the delight of many boatwatchers.

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Alpena ablaze while in drydock in November.


Alpena arrives in her namesake port on Lake Michigan on Sunday evening. Visit this photo gallery for more photos, plus photos of the former Algoma Navigator awaiting her scrap tow. (Photo courtesy of Ben and Chanda McClain)

Algosar Departs for Scrap

On Tuesday, the tugs Jerry G. and Radium Yellowknife towed Algoma Central Corporation’s 1978-built tanker Algosar upbound in the Welland Canal, bound for Port Colborne and an overseas scrapyard. The ship was built as the U.S.-flagged Gemini in 1978, and was purchased by Algoma in 2005. Visit this photo gallery for photos of the scrap tow.

In addition, Algoma’s Peter R. Cresswell departed Port Colborne on Tuesday, bound for Montreal where it is assumed she will be towed overseas for scrap. Stay tuned for further updates!

Two Algoma Vessels likely to be Scrapped

The 1968-built Algoma Navigator‘s Canadian registry was officially closed on April 27. She has been laid up in Montreal since December 25. Her fleetmate Algosar, built as the tanker Gemini in 1978, has had her name and stack markings painted out at Port Weller, Ontario. Both vessels have served for Algoma since being purchased from the former Upper Lakes Shipping Company in 2011.