With winter layup only a few months away, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair is busy finishing up tasks and looking forward to what the company hopes will be a good winter season.
Chivers Construction is beginning work at this time on replacing the Holland Street dock wall; the $5 million project is expected to be completed by next spring, though the east side of the slip is expected to be completed by mid-January to allow Donjon to dock vessels there.
Donjon's tug HERBERT P. BRAKE is expected to return to Erie on Sunday or Monday to pick up the third, and final, hopper barge being built for Sterling Equipment.
Perhaps the best news for Great Lakes shipping comes with the news that Canada Steamship Lines' FRONTENAC, which has spent all summer in layup at Sarnia due to a lockout at the U.S. Steel plant in Nanticoke, Ontario, is expected to arrive at Donjon on September 21 for a five-year survey. There had been some question as to the future of the 1967-built FRONTENAC, the oldest self-unloader in the CSL fleet, due to the arrival over the past year of four new self-unloaders built in China for lakes service. Those four are, in order, BAIE ST. PAUL, WHITEFISH BAY, THUNDER BAY and BAIE COMEAU.
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