Duluth’s winter fleet is slowly arriving as the closing of the Soo Locks for the 2016-17 season approaches on January 15. Burns Harbor arrived through the Superior entry on Monday, January 9, and laid up at Lakehead Pipeline for the winter. Interlake fleetmates Herbert C. Jackson and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth on January 10, the former to lay up at Fraser Shipyards and the latter for Midwest Energy. With American Century and American Spirit already berthed for the winter, there are a total of five vessels laid up so far. Sister ships Arthur M. Anderson and Philip R. Clarke are both due on Saturday, January 14. Roger Blough and Lee A. Tregurtha will be the final two ships in, both arriving on January 15.
In Sturgeon Bay, Indiana Harbor arrived on January 6 and was immediately put into the dry dock for what I assume will be routine maintenance after the vessel spent a year laid up. So far, there are only five vessels at the shipyard, two of which are in long-term layup. I assume the remainder of the winter fleet will be arriving over the next week or so.