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2014-04-21 at 16:05

Ice jamming port

The Capt. Henry Jackman and U.S. Coast Guard Adler attempt to leave the harbour Monday morning.
Chase Kruger, for tbnewswatch.com
The Capt. Henry Jackman and U.S. Coast Guard Adler attempt to leave the harbour Monday morning.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- The start of the city’s shipping season continues to run into delays.

The Thunder Bay Port Authority expected two ships to arrive into the harbour early Monday, but they have both been bogged down by harsh ice conditions.

The ice in the harbour has caused problems for the Capt. Henry Jackman, which was wintered in the port for repairs and attempted to leave Monday morning.

Its progress came to a halt for much of the early afternoon, thus blocking the channel for the arriving ships.

The two arriving ships, the Algoma Enterprise and Radcliffe R. Latimer, were forced to wait in Lake Superior just south of the Sleeping Giant.

“It’s had some difficulties in the ice,” Port Authority CEO Tim Heney said of the Jackman’s progress.

“The U.S. Coast Guard Alder is out there assisting and it’s making slow progress.”

The Algoma Enterprise, which is arriving from Sault Ste. Marie, is headed to the James Richardson International Elevator to pick up grain.

The delay was not a long one, as the Jackman was able to depart by late afternoon and the Enterprise was able to reach its destination by early evening.

There will also be some reinforcements on the way.

“We have another heavier icebreaker coming into the port so that will assist with some of these ice conditions,” Heney said.

Despite the temporary setback, Heney does not anticipate the delays having any impact on the season.

“There’s a huge amount of grain to move and the elevators are starting to get pretty full in Thunder Bay. Once things open up you’ll see a lot of ships that are backed up starting to show,” he said.

“We’re anticipating a much larger season than last year.”

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humnchuck says:
JACKMAN was out of the harbour by about 4pm Monday, with ALGOMA ENTERPRISE and LATIMER in shortly afterward. Not a big deal. I'm sure the strong winds Monday afternoon played a role in the broken ice shifting and packing a bit.

Anyone interested in seeing what ships are out on the lake and where can do so for free at sites such as www.marinetraffic.com

4/22/2014 4:06:38 PM
Sinjo says:
If those couple ships can gain a few days by starting the season in these tough conditions it might allow them one extra trip to Thunder bay at the end of the season which would pay off in the long run. Not only does it pay off with the cargo that is on the ships it creates much needed space in the elevators to receive more grain shipments. They will be shipping grain from the west all summer long until the lake freezes up again in November.
4/22/2014 10:52:11 AM
progress now says:
The port has been the heart of our economy, which is to say the transport industry.

"A much larger season " than last year is most welcome.
4/21/2014 11:27:25 PM
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