Watch for these new faces
Canada Steamship Lines has taken delivery of the CSL Welland and CSL St-Laurent, while Algoma Central Marine greeted the arrival of Algoma Harvester and CWB Marquis, with CWB Strongfield expected to enter service later in 2015.
Ships still on the sidelines
Here are the vessels not expected to sail in 2015, along with their layup ports: American Valor (Toledo, Ohio), American Victory (at Superior, Wis.), and Edward L. Ryerson (Superior). John Sherwin, its rebuild canceled in 2008 by the economy, is still laid up at DeTour, Mich. Yankcanuck has been idle at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for several years and is for sale. The barge Sarah Spencer and her tug, Jane Ann IV, continue in layup at Toledo, while the barge McKee Sons is idled at Muskegon, Mich.
Fleets scrap more familiar ships
Several vessels that have been familiar sights on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway have been dismantled. Algoma Central Marine's Algoma Transfer and Algoma Progress have been or are being cut up at Port Colborne, Ont. Algoma Montrealais is expected to go for scrap in 2015. The former American Fortitude spent the winter at Oswego, N.Y. and is expected to be scrapped in 2015.