Port of Milwaukee hosts five ships for winter lay-up

The Port of Milwaukee is hosting five Great Lakes ships this winter season, all of which are docked in the Port’s inner harbor for their annual lay-up.

Three of the ships, the Stewart J. Cort, the Edwin H. Gott and the Burns Harbor, are1,000-foot bulk carriers. The two other winter lay-ups are integrated tug/barge cement carriers: the Samuel de Champlain with the barge Innovation and the G.L. Ostrander with the barge Integrity.

Each of the vessels pays a daily mooring fee and charges for other port services. In all, the Port expects to collect tens-of-thousands of dollars related to the winter lay-ups.

Additionally, ship owners frequently schedule repairs and maintenance on their vessels during this time, hiring local companies and employing local workers, according to port spokesman Jeff Fleming.

Depending upon ice conditions on the Great Lakes, the ships are likely to remain in Milwaukee until late March or April.

The Port of Milwaukee remains open during the winter, and lakers that are not in lay-up continue to deliver cargo such as salt to the Port.

For more information on cargo delivered to the Port, click here.

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