Monday, August 31, 2009


Loading began this morning on the SEDNA DESGAGNÉS at the Mountfort Terminal and continued throughout the day. The DESGAGNÉS remains in Erie this evening loading drilling equipment bound for Korea. The vessel will be making stops in Montreal and Louisiana before heading for Korea.

Video of the SEDNA DESGAGNÉS arriving on Sunday is below. I will be working to catch up on videos that have yet to be posted over the next month or so.

DESGAGNÉS at the Mountfort Terminal on Monday afternoon.

Another view.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Group Desgagnés' 2009-built SEDNA DESGAGNÉS arrived in Erie at 0900 this morning and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. The vessel is in port to load machinery.

As I mentioned Friday, this is the SEDNA's first trip into the Great Lakes. The vessel, which, along with fleetmates CAMILLA DESGAGNÉS, ANNA DESGAGNÉS, and sisterships ZÉLADA DESGAGNÉS and ROSAIRE DESGAGNÉS, spent the summer under the Canadian flag running from Montreal to the Canadian Arctic with supplies, was reflagged out of Bridgetown, Barbados, in preparation for this ocean voyage. This is the first visit to Erie by a Desgagnés vessel since the AMÉLIA DESGAGNÉS, MELISSA DESGAGNÉS and CATHERINE DESGAGNÉS were regular visitors in the mid-1990s to unload pig iron. The last visit by one of those vessels was 1998.

Loading of the SEDNA (SEDNA means "mermaid" in the Inkuit language and is the namesake of this vessel, which supplies the Inkuit people) is scheduled to begin on Monday morning.


Another view.

Passing the lighthouse.

In the channel.

Slowly passing Coast Guard Station Erie.

Stern view.

Approaching the Mountfort Terminal.

Another view.



Friday, August 28, 2009


The 2009-built SEDNA DESGAGNES, owned by Canada's Groupe Desgagnés, is due in Erie at around 0800 on Sunday. The Canadian-flagged vessel unloaded cargo in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario before sailing to Erie to load machinery, and is on its first trip into the Great Lakes. The SEDNA's visit is the first to Erie by a vessel from the Desgagnés fleet in at least 10 years.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Below are photos of the VICTORY and JAMES L. KUBER inbound on Tuesday.


Another view.

Stern view.

Turning for the Old Ore Dock.

Approaching the dock.


Overhead view.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Tug VICTORY/barge JAMES L. KUBER arrived in Erie at around 1115 this morning and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Cedarville, Michigan. The unit spent the afternoon unloading and departed at around 1845 this afternoon bound for Calcite, Michigan.

I will post photos tomorrow.

Monday, August 24, 2009


VICTORY/JAMES L. KUBER are currently due in Erie at 0830 on Tuesday.


Tug VICTORY and barge JAMES L. KUBER, laden with stone from Cedarville, are due to arrive in Erie at around 0700 on Tuesday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lakeshore Towing Pulls Sea Ray off of Gull Point

Monday morning, Lakeshore Towing's tug FLATTOP and Marine Services of Erie's tug LOW BIDDER were dispatched to Gull Point on Presque Isle to salvage a 37-foot long Sea Ray, SECOND OBSESSION, that had gone aground there at around 0300 Monday. Tugs were dispatched by 0830 and had the SECOND OBSESSION off of Gull Point and in tow for the Erie Yacht Club by 1030 hours. No damage was done to the vessel when it went aground.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Lakeshore Towing's towboats ENDURANCE and TITAN pulled the oil-containment boom from around the CLIPPER LOYALTY at 0830 this morning, and the LOYALTY departed the Mountfort Terminal and Erie at 1030 bound for Quebec City. In addition to the biodiesel taken aboard at Erie, the LOYALTY is loaded with a partial cargo of nonene from Sarnia, Ontario.

At 0915 this morning, a 26-foot Bayliner called Coast Guard Station Erie and reported that they had picked up a swimmer in the water a mile off of Gull Point. At the time, waves on Lake Erie were reported to be cresting at five to seven feet, with an occasional eight foot wave. The swimmer reported that his 20-foot ski boat had capsized and the three other people aboard the vessel were clinging to the overturned wreckage. The four had launched from East Avenue and were out for a day of fishing on a lake not suited for fishing.

Station Erie launched a major search effort with both of the station's vessels, 47241 and 25573, along with Lakeshore Towing's towboat ENDURANCE, that lasted for almost an hour before the two Coast Guard vessels rescued the other three, alive but tired and suffering from various injuries, and transfered them to waiting EMS at Beach 11. Two of the four persons were wearing personal floatation devices, and the other two were not. Two were treated for mild hypothermia, one of the vessel's occupants was treated for diabetic shock, and at least one needed stitches after being hit in the face when a wave knocked the vessel's bimini top off and hit him in the face.

Lakeshore Towing's ENDURANCE took the vessel in tow to Lampe Marina, where it was righted and pumped out before being returned to East Avenue.

This is the third salvage job Lakeshore has performed in the past two weeks. On Monday, July 27 the company's tug DON HENRY, stationed in Conneaut to perform dredging work, put a fire out on a boat that had exploded and injured two people. Yesterday, DON HENRY and barge 401 were pressed into service to salvage a 23-foot Lund fishing boat that ran up onto the Conneaut breakwall while on autopilot, injuring five occupants of the vessel. The excavator on barge 401 was fitted with slings and the vessel was lifted off and carried to the boat launch in Conneaut harbor.

Towboat TITAN departs after assisting in removing the oil-containment boom around the CLIPPER LOYALTY.

Towboat ENDURANCE exits the channel at a high rate of speed to begin searching for the capsized vessel.

CLIPPER LOYALTY departs the Mountfort Terminal.

Lining up for the channel.

CLIPPER LOYALTY in the channel.

Stern view.

Another view.

Passing 47241. Note the group of onlookers watching the EMS on Beach 11.

25573 returning to Station Erie.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

LOYALTY to Depart Sunday

CLIPPER LOYALTY has continued to load biodiesel throughout the day today and loading is scheduled to continue through the night. If all goes well the vessel will be departing sometime around 0700 on Sunday.

Friday, August 7, 2009


MANITOWOC arrived in port at 0300 today with stone from Cedarville and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload. After unloading through the early morning hours, the vessel departed at 0900 bound for Sandusky to load coal and should be arriving in Sandusky at this time. As a reflection of a lousy economy, Erie has received only nine loads of stone in 2009, compared to 22 at this point in 2008.

The Bahamian-flagged CLIPPER LOYALTY arrived in port from Sarnia at 1600 today, turned in the harbor and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. Crews from Lakeshore Towing Services placed an oil containment boom around the vessel and biodiesel loading commenced at around 1900. This is the first load of biodiesel shipped from Lake Erie Biofuels this season.

MANITOWOC unloading this morning.

Leaving the dock.

Backing away.


Stern view.

CLIPPER LOYALTY inbound this afternoon.

Another view.

Close up.

Stern view.

LOYALTY turning in Presque Isle Bay.

Turn nearly complete, LOYALTY prepares to dock at the Mountfort Terminal.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


MANITOWOC, with stone from Cedarville, is due in Erie tomorrow at 0250. CLIPPER LOYALTY, ballast from Sarnia to load biodiesel, is due in Erie tomorrow at 1600.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


VICTORY and JAMES L. KUBER arrived in Erie at 0700 on Monday with stone from Calcite, and after unloading at the Mountfort Terminal departed at around 1400 bound for Cedarville, Michigan.

CLIPPER LOYALTY is expected to arrive Erie at 1800 on August 7 to load biodiesel.

U.S. Brig NIAGARA returned to Erie at about 1630 this afternoon after an extended Great Lakes trip. A "pan-pan" alert was out briefly on the vessel this afternoon after it failed to call in upbound at Long Point and did not answer repeated radio queries from Seaway Long Point and Sarnia Traffic. The NIAGARA finally answered a radio call from Sarnia Coast Guard Radio at around 1500 this afternoon.

VICTORY/JAMES L. KUBER departing the Mountfort Terminal.


Another view.

Stern view.

Passing the lighthouse.

KAILARY, of Port Dover, ON, stayed at Wolverine Marina on Saturday.