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1044, 10 Apr 19

Wisconsin Shipyard to Build New Bulk Carrier


Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay has signed an agreement with The Interlake Steamship Co. of Ohio to construct a U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier that will be the first of its kind to be built in 35 years.

The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983, according to a press release from Interlake and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, a unit of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. The ship, which will transport unpackaged raw materials to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region, also represents hundreds of jobs for U.S. merchant mariners and Wisconsin shipyard workers, Fincantieri said.

The ship, measuring 639 feet long and 75 feet wide, will be constructed in Fincantieri’s Sturgeon Bay shipyard by its nearly 700 employees. The work will will generate business for partnering contractors, vendors and suppliers. Major partners include American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bay Engineering (BEI), EMD Engines, Caterpillar, EMS-Tech Inc., Lufkin (a GE company) and MacGregor. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2022.

The Interlake Steamship Co., based in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is the largest privately held U.S.-flagged fleet on the Great Lakes with nine vessels. Based on the length, the new bulk carrier will be the smallest ship in Interlake’s fleet, but the company hasn’t built a new ship in 40 years, according to Interlake president Mark Barker.


1044, 10 April 2019


  1. Mar

    Gee, the economy is getting better and better.

  2. Mar

    And Trump’s approval rating is at 53%.
    The other 47% are deranged.

  3. Pat

    And how is Trump doing in Wisconsin? Let’s look at the latest Marquette poll.

    With Wisconsin looming as a battleground in 2020, every movement in Trump’s approval is scrutinized. Since January’s last poll, the president ticked up 2 points to 46% approval, compared with 52% disapproving his performance in office.

    Just 28% say they will definitely vote to re-elect Trump next year, while 14% say they will probably vote for him.

    Meanwhile, 8% say they will probably vote against the president and 46% say they will definitely vote against him.

  4. Merlin

    It’s a good thing pollsters don’t decide elections. Marquette polling also had Hillary +6 (3.5 MoE) over Trump in Wisconsin in their last poll before the 2016 election. Voters said otherwise.

  5. Pat


  6. Mar

    Jjf, thanks for the tin foil hat wearing comedy article. Quite funny.

  7. jjf

    I hear the Innovation Centers are working on even better tin foil hats.  Gen 11.  That’s right, they go up to 11.

  8. guinness

    Good for Bay Shipbuilding. More good stuff during this presidency.

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