Just after sunrise on the morning of January 9, Interlake’s Kaye E. Barker made her way into Duluth to lay up at Fraser Shipyards, becoming the first vessel to arrive there for the winter of 2017-18. Later that day, her fleetmate James R. Barker arrived, and after stopping for fuel at the Husky Energy (formerly Calumet fuel) dock, she backed through the harbor to Midwest Energy, which will serve as her home for the next few months. The following day, Lee A. Tregurtha arrived, and joined Kaye E. Barker at Fraser Shipyards. As of now, no further information is available regarding other vessels that will spend the winter in Duluth, however I will update as vessels arrive!
Since mid-December, the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory, Paul R. Tregurtha, and Robert S. Pierson have all arrived in Sturgeon Bay for the winter. Interlake’s Mesabi Miner and Stewart J. Cort are expected soon, as are Cason J. Callaway, John G. Munson, and Joseph L. Block. The rapid buildup of ice in the St. Marys River and other parts of the Lakes has prevented traffic from moving much, and many vessels are behind schedule for their last loads of the season.