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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in the US recently delivered a new self-unloading barge, 'Michigan Trader', to VanEnkevort Tug & Barge (VTB) for operation on the Great Lakes.

The new barge measures 740ft in length, 78ft. in beam, and 45ft in depth. It has a 265ft unloading boom and capacity for up to 37,000t of cargo.

“This Michigan Trader will be the fourth self-unloading barge in our Great Lakes fleet, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome her into service,” said David Groh, fleet president of VTB.

The Michigan Trader will join as the tenth barge in the VanEnkevort Tug & Barge Fleet, with services on the Great Lakes, Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

“Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has always provided repair services to VTB and built the hull for their first new tug the Joyce VanEnkevort,” said VP and GM Todd Thayse. “The completion and delivery of the Michigan Trader to Dave Groh and his VTB team is another proud event for FBS and our talented shipbuilding team.”

Groh said: “The repair work that Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has completed for us over the years has been good. We are happy to have partnered with them for this new vessel and are thrilled to support the Great Lakes region and its industry. Our growing customer base has supported our vision and we have responded with this new build barge. We are happy to have been able to bring this opportunity to FBS and work with their talented workforces on this project.”

Substantial local suppliers were Broadwind Heavy Industries of Manitowoc, WI which built the Michigan Trader’s boom, Northern Machine & Repair provided its hatch covers, and Marine Travel Lift in Sturgeon Bay, WI manufactured the cargo hatch crane along with many more local parts and services.

“We are happy to have supported the Great Lakes economy during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.” said Thayse “From boom to hatch Crane, and everything in between, this vessel shows the greatness of Wisconsin and Midwest manufacturing and our Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding employees.”

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