In 2022, the Port completed a renewable energy export project and celebrated a huge increase in steel coil tonnage.
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.
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.
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.
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.