Yesterday afternoon the tug Victorious/ barge John J. Carrick left the McAsphalt pier in Eastern Passage for sea. They had been idle since January, but are now back in service, and no doubt headed for the Great Lakes. The St.Lawrence Seaway reopens for service next week.
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Earlier in the morning, the tug made an independent trip to pier 30 for about two hours. Due to the construction of the McAsphalt pier, the tug is not accessible for convenient delivery of stores, lube oil, fuel, etc., so that is the likely reason for the rare bargeless trip.
The articulated tug/barge combination is operated by the Upper Lakes Group for McAsphalt Industries. The recent sale by Upper Lakes Group of its large ships to Algoma Central Corporation did not include this pair. Upper Lakes also operates the tug Commodore Straits (built in Halifax as Haida Brave) which was not included in the sale, but has been listed for separate sale.