Ohio based US-flag lake-fitted bulk ship operator Interlake Steamship has ordered the first new Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier since 1983. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will be constructed at Wisconsin Shipyard. Wisconsin Shipyard is owned by Italian Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will be delivered to Interlake Steamship in the middle of 2022. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will have a self-unloading mechanism and will be the first laker built in the Great Lakes area since 1983. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will be 28K DWT.
Interlake Steamship is the biggest privately-owned US-flag shipowner and operator on the Great Lakes. Interlake Steamship owns and operates nine (9) Great Lakes fitted bulk carriers. Interlake Steamship is led by president Mark Barker. Interlake Steamship and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding had a prolonged business connection. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has completed exhaust-gas scrubber installations, as well as regular maintenance and regulatory dry-dockings on Interlake Steamship’s bulk carriers.
Interlake Steamship’s 1952 built handysize laker 28K DWT MV Kaye E Barker struck into drawbridge on 16 July 2017 on Lake Michigan. MV Kaye E Barker was transporting coal cargo. No injuries or pollution have been reported. M/V Kaye E Barker is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and P&I club Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association.
Ohio based US-flag lake-fitted bulk ship operator Interlake Steamship installed exhaust gas scrubbers on bulk carriers in order to comply with IMO 2020 low sulfur 0.5% provisions in January 2020. Exhaust gas scrubber is installed on 1977 built lake-fitted bulk carrier 61K DWT MV Mesabi Miner and 1981 built 69K DWT Paul Tregurtha.