2021 Shipping Season

During the 2021 Shipping season, the Port of Monroe saw significant cargo increases in steel coils onboard McKeil Marine vessels. The Port also worked with Interlake Steamship Company to move bottom ash and synthetic gypsum to beneficial reuse markets onboard the tug/barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 & motor vessel Herbert C. Jackson.

2020 Shipping Season

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of Monroe’s facilities stayed busy in 2020, buoyed by inbound wind tower components carried by the Happy River of BigLift. The towers were staged at the Port with other wind energy components and transported up to mid-Michigan for a large renewable energy project. The Calumet made a late season trip amid a snowy backdrop to take on a load of bottom ash.

2019 Shipping Season

In the spring, the Port had three vessels occupying each of the Port’s active docks. McKeil Marine’s Gagliarda (sailing the lakes now as Blair McKeil) ended its maiden voyage into the Great Lakes at the Port of Monroe. In the fall, the Port of Monroe facilitated a direct ship-to-rail transfer with the heavy lift vessel Happy Ranger of BigLift discharging a 350-ton generator stator to a specialized railcar positioned on a new rail spur that had been completed over the summer. The Happy Ranger then shifted over to the riverfront dock and loaded a full cargo of wind tower components for delivery to Peru.

2018 Shipping Season

The season got off to a quick start when the motor vessel Mississagi called on the Port of Monroe for emergency repairs. The new Riverfront dock saw frequent use with several steel coil cargoes inbound and bulk cargoes outbound. The Port welcomed the foreign-flagged tanker Iver Bright on its maiden trip into the Great Lakes later in the season.

2017 Shipping Season

The 2017 season saw a significant increase in international cargo. Construction began on a new dock face along the riverfront to handle additional vessel activity for the growing port.

2016 Shipping Season

The highlight of the season was the Port of Monroe’s handling of a unique cargo, crushed refractory brick. The material was loaded aboard the Herbert C. Jackson and taken to Alpena, Michigan for use in the cement making process.

2014 Shipping Season

The Port of Monroe exported its first cargo of synthetic gypsum on the barge Pere Marquette 41 during the 2014 season. the material and the barge, pushed by the tug Undaunted are erial that has since become a principal commodity at the Port. An inbound cargo of wind tower sections were delivered from Manitowoc, Wisconsin and the brig Niagara visited during the summer months. Several late-season salt cargoes were received with McKeil Marine later in the season.

2012 Shipping Season

The unique cargo transported during the 2012 season was a cargo of wind towers to Oswego, New York. The Great Lakes Towing tug Ohio, which is now a museum at Toledo, Ohio, handled the move.