Tug Undaunted, a barge from the Ludington-based Pere Marquette Shipping Co. was the first shipping vessel in the Holland port this spring.
The ship arrived early Friday, April 24, with a load of aggregate for road construction delivered to Verplank Dock Co. It then moved over to Louis Padnos Iron and Metal to pick up a shipment of number 2 frag, or as Padnos Vice President Doug Padnos called it, metal scrap from automobiles and electronics.
Padnos officials presented the ship’s captain, Brian Jankowski, with a pair of wooden shoes, made by The Wooden Shoe Factory at Veldheer Tulip Farms. The gift is given to the first ship’s captain each year and is a tradition dating back decades, Padnos said. It doesn’t happen every year, Padnos said, but the gift has been given by all the companies that use the Holland port.
Tug Undaunted will take 5,200 tons of the scrap metal to an Ontario port. The voyage will take about 41 hours, Jankowski said.
“This is really the greenest way to transport,” Padnos said, saying the tonnage carried by the ship is equivalent to more than 50 railcars or 200 semi truck loads. “There’s no wear and tear on infrastructure.”
Padnos and company president Scott Wolters agreed it’s important to their company to keep the shipping lanes open in Holland and that means annual dredging. That process is handled by the Army Corps of Engineers and paid for by federal taxes on materials shipped through ports.
Wolters said Padnos is able to ship all over the world because of the Holland port and the St. Lawrence Seaway, the shipping route that connects the Great Lakes to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.
This article was originally posted on the Holland Sentinel on Apr. 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM