Monday, August 11, 2014

MANITOWOC Visits; YANKEE Emerges from Drydock

MANITOWOC arrived in Erie at 1330 on Sunday and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Cedarville, Michigan. After unloading, MANITOWOC moved over to the Mountfort Terminal to load sand. MANITOWOC shifted to the North Pier to unload at around noon today.

YANKEE was removed from drydock late last week and docked in the West Slip. The tug's refit at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair continues.

Two jetskiers head out as MANITOWOC enters the channel.


A heavy puff of smoke as the vessel passes the lighthouse.

Stern view.

Entering the harbor.


Approaching the Old Ore Dock.

J.S. St. JOHN sits idle for the weekend in the foreground.

Turning to line up for the dock.

Approaching the dock.


Putting a man over the side.

McKEE SONS and YANKEE at Donjon.

Another view.

Close up of the freshly-painted YANKEE.

Another angle of the 1976-built tug.


A section of the new barge being built in the yard, as shown in the drydock.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


MANITOWOC, with stone from Cedarville, is expected in Erie at 1400 on Saturday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


FEDERAL WESER arrived in Erie at 2000 hours on Wednesday, turned on right wheel in Erie harbor and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload three transformers. Unloading is currently underway.

Photos of the arrival and unloading will follow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


MANITOWOC finished unloading sand at the North Pier, after spending the day loading, and departed at 2230.

FEDERAL WESER is expected in Erie between 2000 and 2030 on Wednesday, provided there are no delays with her transit of the Welland Canal.

J.S St. JOHN outbound on Monday.

Stern view.

LADY KATE inbound.

MANITOWOC follows a little while later.

Another view.

MANITOWOC's ALCO engines pour out a lot of smoke.

Another view.

Directing the maneuvering operation from the bridge wing.

Stern view.

Entering the harbor.

Turning for the dock.

Another view.

Close up.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


MANITOWOC, loaded with stone from Cedarville, is expected in Erie at 1700 on Monday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

BBC KIBO Departs

BBC KIBO spent Sunday night securing for sea, and departed the Mountfort Terminal this morning at 0600. The ship, ending it's first visit to the Great Lakes, turned in Presque Isle Bay and departed around 0630 bound for Mozambique. The ship is currently underway on Lake Ontario about 25 miles west of Rochester, NY.

Three more loads of locomotives are scheduled to leave the port this season.

FEDERAL WESER is expected on July 22 with three transformers.

BBC KIBO securing last night at sunset.

McKEE SONS at dock on Sunday night. Note the new railing that has gone up for the new dock wall.

Another view.

This morning, the South Pier's resident herring waits for a fish.

J.S. St. JOHN passes the BBC KIBO.

KIBO departs the dock.

Another view.


Passing the Mountfort Terminal and proceeding into Presque Isle Bay.

A few minutes later KIBO heads back out.

Turning for the channel.

KIBO's voyage will take about three or four weeks.

BBC KIBO was built in 2011, and Erie is the first port of call for the ship on it's maiden voyage to the Great Lakes.

Close up.

Stern view.


Sunday, July 13, 2014


BBC KIBO finished loading locomotives this afternoon at 1800 and is currently working on stowing cargo. KIBO will depart for Mozambique at 0600 on Monday.

NEAH BAY arrived in Erie at 1030 this morning and docked at Coast Guard Station Erie. The vessel proceeded into the bay at around 1900, after spending the day moored at the station.

KIBO loading this morning.

Another view.

Finished loading, the vessel works on stowing cargo.

NEAH BAY proceeding into the bay this evening.