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The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway lost more vessels to scrap than they gained in new construction. Even though eight new vessels are being built for Canada’s Algoma Central Corp., they have yet to arrive from their overseas shipyards, although Algoma Innovator is due in late 2017. Even so, the Montreal-based Fednav fleet saw the debut of several vessels, with more on the way. Canada’s McKeil Marine continues to expand with the addition of the former saltwater vessel Arklow Willow, renamed Florence Spirit last summer. Another vessel, Ardita, has also joined the fleet. Groupe Desgagnés is also welcoming two new eco-friendly vessels, Mia Desgagnés and Damia Desgagnés, this year. John G. Munson returns to service in 2017 with a new diesel power plant replacing her original steam turbines. VanEnkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Mich., has picked up the lease on the tug/barge combo Ken Boothe Sr./Lakes Contender from the American Steamship Co. New names may be in the works.

Ships still on the sidelines

Here are some of the vessels not expected to sail in 2017, along with their lay-up ports: American Valor (Toledo, Ohio), American Victory (Superior, Wis.), Edward L. Ryerson (Superior), Arthur M. Anderson (Duluth), John Sherwin (DeTour, Mich., Adam E. Cornelius (Huron, Ohio), barge Sarah Spencer and her tug Jane Ann IV (Toledo), barge McKee Sons (Muskegon, Mich.) and Manistee (Toledo). Other vessels may come in and out of lay up as economic conditions warrant.

Fleets scrap more familiar ships

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway lost more vessels to scrap or sale (see below) than they gained in new construction. Even though eight new vessels are being built for Canada’s Algoma Central Corp., they have yet to arrive from their overseas shipyards, although Algoma Innovator and Algoma Niagara are due in late 2017. Algoma Strongfield should be arriving from China as well. The Montreal-based Fednav fleet saw the debut of several vessels, with more on the way. Canada’s McKeil Marine continues to expand with the addition of the former saltwater vessel Arklow Willow, renamed Florence Spirit last summer. The cement carrier Stephen B. Roman is also under the McKeil flag this year and another vessel, the Ardita, has joined the fleet as well. Groupe Desgagnés is also welcoming two new eco-friendly vessels, Mia Desgagnés and Damia Desgagnés, this year, while retiring Thalassa Desgagnés. John G. Munson returns to service in 2017 with a new diesel power plant replacing her original steam turbines. VanEnkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Mich., has picked up the tug/barge combo Ken Boothe Sr./Lakes Contender from the American Steamship Co. Their new names are Clyde S. VanEnkevort and Erie Trader.