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Great Lakes Observing System and Marine Operations Edison Boat Club – June 21 st , 2011. An ISO 9001:2008 Company. Topics:. Who am I? Jayson Toth – Operations Department Cleveland native & Licensed Mariner, 1 st Mate experience The Interlake Steamship Company

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great lakes observing system and marine operations edison boat club june 21 st 2011
Great Lakes Observing System and Marine Operations

Edison Boat Club – June 21st, 2011

An ISO 9001:2008 Company

topics
Topics:
  • Who am I?
    • Jayson Toth – Operations Department
      • Cleveland native & Licensed Mariner, 1st Mate experience
  • The Interlake Steamship Company
    • Great Lakes shipping company
  • Interacting with GLOS
    • GLOS Mission
    • Weather
    • Water Level and Current
    • Operating season / Ice
history of the interlake steamship company
History of TheInterlake Steamship Company
  • 1913 - The Interlake Steamship Company incorporates on April 25th to consolidate the Pickands Mather & Co. shipping interests.
  • The original Interlake Fleet totals 39 vessels – 37 steel steamers and two barges.
  • 1987 - The Interlake Steamship Company becomes privately held under the direction of James R. Barker. Pickands Mather & Company is purchased by Cleveland Cliffs Inc.
    • Headquarters in Richfield, OH
current interlake fleet
Current Interlake Fleet
  • 9 self-unloading vessels
    • 4 modern 1,000 ft. diesel vessels
    • 4 medium size vessels (Traditional Lakers)
      • Re-powered two of our medium sized vessels to a highly automated heavy fuel diesel plant
    • 1 modern self-unloading ATB (1998)
  • 8 vessels owned; 1 managed
  • Total fleet trip capacity 368,000 long tons
  • 1 vessel in Lay-Up, John Sherwin available for conversion
carrying cargo
Carrying Cargo
  • The Interlake Steamship Company exclusively transports bulk commodities
  • Taconite, Coal, Stone, Grain and Salt
  • An Interlake vessel can carry anywhere from 21,000 to 68,000 tons of cargo in one trip
    • That’s equivalent to almost 3,000 semi trucks or 7 trains!
  • On an annual basis, Interlake carries approximately 20 million tons of cargo
discharging cargo
Discharging Cargo
  • Our vessels have a series of gates underneath the cargo which open up to an unloading tunnel containing a large conveyor belt
  • This belt carries the cargo to an angled conveyor transferring it to an unloading boom which in turn carries the cargo off the boat
where we go
Where we go
  • The Interlake Steamship Company operates solely on the Great Lakes (the largest fresh water system in the world) – Primarily upper 4
  • This creates many challenges including:
    • Proximity to land
    • Unique weather patterns
    • Shallow water
    • Locks and river systems
    • Ice
the great lakes observing system glos
The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)
  • GLOS and Commercial Industry
  • Improve the safety and efficiency of maritime operations
  • A complete inventory of federal, state/provincial and municipal observation and monitoring activities
  • Critical, real-time and historical information about the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and interconnecting waterways
  • Uniform monitoring protocols
  • Broad availability of information on Great Lakes conditions and trends for managers and other stakeholders.
unique weather patterns
Unique Weather Patterns
  • Vessel Masters depend on accurate and updated information regarding weather they will encounter for:
    • Voyage planning and anchoring decisions
  • Weather Stations
  • Monitoring Buoy's
  • Forecasts from the NWS
  • Vessel Reporting
water levels
Water Levels
  • What are the issues
    • Low Lake Levels
    • USACE Dredging
      • Funding is low
  • Water Level Stations
  • USGS Water Gage
river systems
River Systems
  • With limited room to maneuver, vessel Masters need to know what direction and speed the water is going
  • Current
  • Direction of flow
  • Surface water speed
ice operations
Ice Operations
  • Vessel Masters need to know where they will encounter ice and how thick it will be
  • Ice reports and observations
  • USCG Recon