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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BBC KIBO Arrives

BBC KIBO arrived in Erie this morning around 0300 and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. Loading of locomotives destined for Africa began this morning and will continue for the next couple of days.

LAKE GUARDIAN at dock on Wednesday.

Another view.

LAKE GUARDIAN departed on Thursday morning.

A view of the port side.

Overhead view.

BBC KIBO loading on Saturday morning.

Her cargo.

Photo caption.

Friday, July 11, 2014


LAKE GUARDIAN spent Wednesday tied up at Dobbin's Landing on a break from water quality research in Lake Erie. I will post photos later tonight or tomorrow.

BBC KIBO, in ballast and due to load locomotives, is expected to arrive Erie at 0100 Saturday. The ship should be in port for two or three days loading.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


A new fade to the Great Lakes, BBC KIBO, is due in Montreal on July 10. The ship is in ballast from Albany, NY and will be proceeding to Erie (probably arriving July 12 or July 13) to load locomotives.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MANITOWOC Unloads; Loads Sand

MANITOWOC arrived in Erie at 1430 on Monday and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone. After unloading, MANITOWOC shifted over to the Mountfort Terminal to load sand for beach replenishment. Loading continued throughout the day Tuesday, and MANITOWOC finally moved to the North Pier to unload at around 1830 on Tuesday.

MANITOWOC turns for the channel on Monday afternoon.

Another view.

At Buoys 3&4.

Close up.

Stern view.

MANITOWOC slows in between the piers.

Lining up for the move to the North Pier.

LADY KATE passes by.

Moving forward.

Another view of the ship.

Stern view.

Approaching the dock.