CSL LAURENTIEN became the final member of Erie's winter layup fleet this morning upon arrival in port at 0900. LAURENTIEN, which last night had tug NEW YORK out to assist, anchored outside of the harbor for the night before proceeding inbound this morning. LAURENTIEN pushed easily through ice in the West Slip and docked at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair next to McKEE SONS.
CSL LAURENTIEN is no stranger to spending winters in Erie; as LOUIS R. DESMARAIS, the ship spent the winter of 1996-97 and also 1997-98 in Erie at the then-Metro Machine facility.
Tug NEW YORK departed at around 1230 today on her return trip to Ashtabula.
CSL LAURENTIEN proceeding inbound this morning. Note the vessel's port anchor lowered to the waterline.
CSL LAURENTIEN was rebuilt over the winter of 2000-01 and given a new, Seawaymax forebody that gives the vessel a length overall of 740'.
Turning into Erie harbor.
CSL LAURENTIEN approaches the West Slip.
LAURENTIEN lines up for the slip.
Mooring across from McKEE SONS.
Alongside the dock at around 1300 today with the unloading boom raised over the deck.