STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Seven ore carriers departed the Port of Sturgeon Bay this weekend to begin the 2012 sailing season. The Sault Locks opened on March 25, marking the start of major Great Lakes shipping efforts. The vessels scheduled to leave have been in lay-up and maintenance mode at Bay Shipbuilding Co. here since early January. Of the seven vessels scheduled to depart, three are 1,000-footers and four are 700- to 800-foot-class ore carriers.
Over-winter repairs at Bay Shipbuilding ranged from steel renewals to machinery overhauls and scheduled U.S. Coast Guard/American Bureau of Shipping inspections, according to a press release. More than 20 ore carriers have cycled their way through repair periods at Bay Shipbuilding this winter, employing more than 600 people in various trades.
Bay Shipbuilding is an operating division of the Fincantieri Marine Group, the U.S. subsidiary of Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA, which employs about 10,000 people and has produced more than 7,000 ships.