Friday, July 31, 2009


The first load of biodiesel to be shipped from the port of Erie in 2009 is scheduled to depart next week aboard the tanker CLIPPER LOYALTY. I will update when I learn more.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MANITOWOC Inbound; Brand New CCGS KELSO Working from Wolverine Marina

MAUMEE departed Erie bound for Cleveland to load salt shortly after midnight last night.

MANITOWOC is currently inbound Erie and should arrive in port at around 2230 this evening to unload stone at Erie Sand and Gravel.

The 2009-built Canadian Coast Guard research vessel KELSO arrived in port at 1500 Monday and has spent the week staying at Wolverine Marina. The 61-foot long KELSO departs each morning at around 0800 and spends its time sampling the water off of Erie and performing hydrographic surveys of the lake bottom. KELSO was designed to be a replacement for the CCGS SHARK and is homeported at Burlington, Ontario.

KELSO inbound Wolverine Marina this evening at 1830.

Stern view.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The classic, 1929-built MAUMEE arrived in Erie this evening at around 1930 with salt from Fairport Harbor, Ohio, turned in Presque Isle Bay and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. The MAUMEE should be out of Erie around midnight tonight.

MAUMEE's Lower Lakes Transportation fleetmate MANITOWOC, with stone from Calcite, Michigan, is due in Erie at around 2115 Thursday.

MAUMEE underway in Lake Erie bound for Erie harbor.

Stern view.

In the channel.

At the piers.

In Presque Isle Bay.



Turned and headed for the Mountfort Terminal.



Saturday, July 25, 2009


Tug VICTORY and barge JAMES L. KUBER arrived in Erie at 1400 this afternoon while fighting a strong west wind. The articulated tug-barge unit had planned on turning in Presque Isle Bay before docking at the Mountfort Terminal to unload stone from Calcite, Michigan; however, the wind prevented the unit from turning, and the VICTORY and KUBER backed alongside the Mountfort Terminal and struggled for an hour before getting the vessel docked. JAMES L. KUBER is still unloading and should be out of Erie sometime this evening.


Another view.

Close up at 1410 hours.

Close up of the VICTORY.

Stern view.

Attempting to turn in Presque Isle Bay at 1435 hours.

Backing alongside the Mountfort Terminal at 1445 hours.

Approaching the dock.

The bow gets closer to the dock at 1455 hours.

Looking closely at this photo, you can see the mooring lines working hard as the KUBER attempts to winch itself into the dock at 1537 hours.

Trying to dock at 1542.

Coming alongside at 1546.

New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Divison research vessel ARGO spent Thursday night and most of Friday moored alongside Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission research vessel PERCA at Presque Isle Marina. The 1986-built ARGO is 42 feet long.

Stern view.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Tug VICTORY and barge JAMES L. KUBER, with stone from Calcite, are due to arrive in Erie at 1115 hours on Saturday.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


MICHIPICOTEN arrived in port at 2000 Wednesday night and docked at the North Pier to unload sand from Thessalon, Ontario. This is the third, and probably final, load of sand delivered for the Presque Isle sand replenishment program. MICHIPICOTEN departed Erie shortly after midnight bound for Ashtabula, Ohio to load coal for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

NEAH BAY returned to Erie last night and remained anchored in Presque Isle Bay throughout Thursday.

Motor Yacht SCOTT FREE underway in Lake Erie on Wednesday night.

MICHIPICOTEN turns for the channel.

Another view.

Passing buoys 3 and 4.

Stern view.

Approaching the North Pier.

The workboat seen between the MICHIPICOTEN and North Pier carries two deckhands from the vessel.


USCG 25573 inbound the channel.

NEAH BAY at anchor.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

NEAH BAY Arrives in Port

USCG NEAH BAY arrived in Erie this evening from Cleveland to spend the night at anchor in Presque Isle Bay. The NEAH BAY is to spend the night at anchor off of Holland Street before departing in the morning, and will be returning to Erie on Thursday night, according to the crew.

NEAH BAY inbound past the Mountfort Terminal.

Turning to head for the anchorage.

USCG 25573 runs alongside the NEAH BAY before coming alongside my boat to conduct a "vessel safety check."

NEAH BAY approaches the anchorage.

Dropping the anchor.

NEAH BAY's anchor hits the water.

Buffalo-based yachts PHANTOM (left) and QANTAS are spending the night at Wolverine Marina.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

FAIRLOAD Unloads, Departs

FAIRLOAD spent today unloading electrical machinery at the Mountfort Terminal before departing at 1930 today. The FAIRLOAD departed for Montreal to bunker before eventually departing North America bound for Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


FAIRLOAD arrived in Erie this afternoon at 1400 from Port Huron, Michigan, turned in Presque Isle Bay and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. Cargo operations will begin in the morning.

FAIRLOAD inbound.

Close up.

Stern view.

Turning in Presque Isle Bay.

FAIRLOAD docking.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

PIERSON Arrives, Departs; FAIRLOAD Due

ROBERT S. PIERSON arrived in Erie today at 1700 with sand from Thessalon, Ontario, and docked at the North Pier. This is the former WOLVERINE's first trip to Erie since being renamed in early 2008.

PIERSON encountered problems inbound while attempting to dock at the North Pier. Several pleasure craft attempted to pass between the PIERSON and the North Pier, with one slamming into the PIERSON and bouncing off. The small craft, which was at fault, remained afloat.

After a short unload, PIERSON departed the North Pier at 2105 this evening outbound.

Jumbo Shipping's Dutch-flagged heavy lift ship FAIRLOAD is currently moored at the Seaway Terminal in Port Huron, Michigan and will begin unloading tomorrow. When the vessel finishes unloading it will sail to Erie in ballast to load.

PIERSON underway approaching Erie harbor.

Flying the Lower Lakes Towing houseflag and "Don't give up the ship." Don't give up the ship has been Lower Lakes' motto since the company's founding in the early 1990s.

Stern view.

PIERSON in the channel at Buoys 1 and 2.

Preparing to dock.

Stern view.

PIERSON churning up mud from the bottom of the channel.

Pleasure craft attempt to sneak between the PIERSON and the North Pier.

Pleasure craft bounces off the PIERSON.