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Meet Our Veterans: Jack Brandenburg

November 11, 2018

When Jack Brandenburg enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1998, he envisioned a long career serving in the elite infantry. “I wanted to sign up for 20 years right away, and my recruiter said maybe just sign up for four years right now. So I did,” says Brandenburg, now a relief mate with the Interlake Steamship Company fleet. After boot camp in San Diego, Calif., he joined Charlie company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, and did a couple of deployments pre-9/11, and one deployment post-9/11. But after breaking both of his ankles while serving in the Middle East, Brandenburg was sent back stateside for surgery. His injuries meant an end to his infantry career. Lacking the desire to take the “desk jobs” available, he opted for an early retirement in 2002 and returned to his hometown of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Be Strong Like Mitchell

October 17, 2018

Meet Mitchell Strong. His true love since he was a little boy has been freighters. Amazed at their size, their engineering and their ability to do what seems impossible: carry as much as 70,000 tons of cargo and stay afloat. But defying the odds is something Mitchell understands personally.
#SaturdaySalute: Meet Brielle LeFebre

September 22, 2018

We {heart} our freighter fans! In every kind of weather and at all hours of the day and night, these diehard self-proclaimed boat nerds wave us in and out of ports around the Great Lakes and from the vast and varied shorelines along the way. If they aren’t close to HOMES (remember that grade-school acronym to remember Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior?), they follow us on marine tracking apps, harbor cams, websites and our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The love people have for freighters and our Great Lakes is a special thing and one we hope to foster. With that in mind, we think it’s high time to highlight our diverse fans and followers in a new regular feature called #SaturdaySalute that will appear on Facebook and live on our website (www.interlake-steamship.com). If you want to be featured, please message us a little about you and your love of freighters and the Great Lakes. We’re looking forward to getting to know you. But before you do that, you should get to know Brielle LeFebre, 9, from Byron Center, Michigan, and our first #SaturdaySalute!
A Grad Who Loves Lakers

June 25, 2018

When Kerry Pierce shared with us that she planned to have a miniature Interlake vessel atop her grad cap this spring, we had to find out more about what was driving this 23-year-old’s passion for Lakers.
Interlake Logistics Solutions Introduces Barge Montville to Great Lakes Service

April 30, 2018

The Interlake Steamship Company, through Interlake Logistics Solutions, is pleased to announce it will time charter an asset from the East Coast to operate on the Great Lakes this spring: The 418-foot Montville, a single-hold, covered hopper barge with a 14,400-short ton capacity that will be able to carry a wide variety of cargoes. The Montville barge will eventually feature a rail-mounted gantry that will support a large material handler capable of digging or lifting cargo out of the cargo hold and onto shore.
The Interlake Steamship Company Launches 2018 Sailing Season

February 24, 2018

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS – The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal, a leading integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River. A workhorse of Interlake’s nine-vessel fleet, the 700-foot Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder is one of Interlake’s two River-Class vessels, a designation given to ships that can traverse the narrowest harbors of the Great Lakes. “We are excited to kick off our 2018 navigation season with one of the longest River-Class vessels capable of transiting the winding Cuyahoga River,” says Brendan O’Connor, Interlake’s Vice President of Marketing and Marine Traffic. “With its unique Z-drive (360-degree) propulsion systems, the Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder is the most maneuverable vessel in the U.S. Great Lakes fleet.”
Military to Maritime: Meet Our Veterans

November 11, 2017

Before Andy Jaworski made his living feeding hungry merchant mariners with The Interlake Steamship Company on the Great Lakes, he sailed the oceans serving in the U.S. Navy. A first-generation serviceman, Andy joined the Navy in 1983, following the lead of his three brothers. In fact, four of the five brothers – dubbed the Jaworski Naval Unit by their mother who had to pin a map to keep track of her floating brood – served at the same time. The youngest brother made his career in the Navy. In total, Jeff, Allen, Andy, Neil and Glenn Jaworski had a combined 50 years of honorable service to the country.
Meet one of our newest crew members

October 18, 2017

Lucas Karhoff, a December 2016 graduate of Great Lakes Maritime Academy, joined the Interlake fleet this season as a third assistant engineer after sailing as cadet and two seasons of winter work. We sat down with Lucas on our M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar to find out more about what attracted him to his new career and what he likes best about his job.
The Interlake Steamship Company Moves First Load of Cliffs’ Mustang Pellets for ArcelorMittal

June 3, 2017

The 1,004-foot M/V James R. Barker sailed today from the Twin Ports with 60,000 tons of Mustang superflux pellets – the first cargo of its kind since the new pellet production began at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.’s United Taconite mine last month.
Third Phase of The Interlake Steamship Company’s Exhaust Gas Scrubber Installations Complete

April 24, 2017

The M/V Mesabi Miner sailed today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Company’s fourth self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.
The Interlake Steamship Company’s M/V Herbert C. Jackson Returns to Service

September 26, 2016

The newly repowered M/V Herbert C. Jackson departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., yesterday giving a farewell salute to the Twin Ports where it has been undergoing its steam-to-diesel conversion since December 21.
Second Phase of The Interlake Steamship Company’s Exhaust Gas Scrubber Installations Complete

June 22, 2016

The M/V Lee A. Tregurtha sailed today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Company’s third self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.
Second Phase of The Interlake Steamship Company’s Exhaust Gas Scrubber Program is Underway

June 11, 2016

The M/V James R. Barker sailed today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Company’s first thousand footer and its second self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.
The Interlake Steamship Company Launches 2016 Sailing Season

March 1, 2016

The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal,a leading integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River.
The Interlake Steamship Company Launches Phase II of Pioneering Emission-Reduction Technology

January 25, 2016

The M/V James R. Barker sailed into Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., last week where it will become Interlake Steamship Company’s first thousand footer and its second self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.
The Interlake Steamship Company Proves Phase 1 of Pioneering Emission-Reduction Technology on Great Lakes

August 11, 2015

Building on the successful implementation of exhaust gas scrubbers on its self-unloading bulk carrier M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar, the Interlake Steamship Company announces its plans to expand its emission-reduction efforts to one-third of its fleet by installing similar scrubber systems on the M/V Lee A. Tregurtha and M/V James R. Barker early next year.
The Interlake Steamship Company Gears Up for Final Phase of $100 Million Fleet Upgrade and Modernization Plan

June 8, 2015

The Interlake Steamship Company announced today that it will repower its last steamship – the S.S. Herbert C. Jackson – with a highly automated diesel propulsion system in the final phase of a 10-year, $100 million modernization effort to create the most efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly fleet on the Great Lakes.