Monday, November 24, 2008


MAUMEE arrived in Erie last night at 2145 and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload salt from Fairport Harbor. The MAUMEE unloaded for several hours before departing at around 0300 bound for Marblehead, Ohio to load stone.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

KERRIA Loads, Departs

ORIENTAL KERRIA began loading at 0600 yesterday and finished around midnight, making this the shortest load time for any biodiesel tanker. ORIENTAL KERRIA departed with 600,000 gallons of biodiesel bound for Rotterdam at around 0200 this morning.

Monday, November 17, 2008


CALUMET arrived in Erie at around 1800 yesterday evening, docked at the Old Ore Dock and unloaded stone from Calcite. The vessel departed at midnight bound for Toledo to load coal.

ORIENTAL KERRIA arrived in Erie this morning at 0630, turned in Presque Isle Bay and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. At around 1030 this morning Lakeshore Towing placed the oil-containment boom around the KERRIA. Loading on the KERRIA, the first biodiesel tanker in the port in almost three months, is scheduled to begin at 0600 on Wednesday morning.

ORIENTAL KERRIA at dock in the snow on Monday morning.

Another view.

With the oil-containment boom down this afternoon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

CALUMET Underway; KERRIA Bound for Erie

CALUMET is underway and expected to arrive Erie at around 1645 today. Whether or not the CALUMET will choose to wait off Erie for the wind to die down or will attempt to enter port at that time is unknown.

ORIENTAL KERRIA, meanwhile, is underway from Corunna and expected to arrive in Erie at around 0500 Monday morning. This ETA could change depending on weather.

Note that this time of year all ETAs are subject to change frequently due to the unpredictable nature of weather on the Great Lakes. As of 1700 CALUMET is nowhere to be found and has possibly gone back to anchor to wait for more favorable weather to enter the port.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

CALUMET Anchored; Next Biodiesel Tanker Due

CALUMET is currently anchored just east of Southeast Shoal in Western Lake Erie on the south shore of the lake. The vessel is about eight hours away and I will update when the vessel gets underway.

After the cancellation of the CLIPPER LEANDER the next biodiesel load had been in question. However, ORIENTAL KERRIA arrived in Corunna, Ontario this morning to unload. After unloading the KERRIA will sail for Erie to load biodiesel. The ORIENTAL KERRIA should depart Corunna for Erie sometime tomorrow or Monday, depending on cargo and weather conditions.

Friday, November 14, 2008


CALUMET, with stone from Calcite, is due in Erie at 1900 hours on Saturday. This will be the first stone vessel in nearly a month to visit the port.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


CLIPPER LEANDER's biodiesel load has been cancelled and the vessel is now on its way to New York City with a partial load of chemical products from Becancour, Quebec. At this time I'm not sure if the load is to be shipped at a later date or not.

Monday, November 10, 2008


ORIENTAL KERRIA has departed Clarkson, Ontario but the CLIPPER LEANDER has yet to take the dock. It is fitting on this day, the 33rd anniversary of the EDMUND FITZGERALD sinking on Lake Superior, that the LEANDER is delayed for weather. The CLIPPER LEANDER has no ETA for Clarkson at this time.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


CLIPPER LEANDER is currently at anchor off of Port Weller, Ontario; the LEANDER is there waiting on the departure of ORIENTAL KERRIA from Clarkson, Ontario. Once the KERRIA leaves the CLIPPER LEANDER will take the dock at Clarkson to unload before sailing to Erie to load biodiesel.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Next Biodiesel Tanker Expected

The port's first biodiesel export since late August will be here sometime next week. CLIPPER LEANDER is currently inbound for Mississauga, Ontario to unload and after unloading, should arrive in Erie sometime between November 8 and November 12.