Ashton Marine, LLC has had a busy start to 2018 by breaking ice to extend the busy shipping season.
We started by breaking ice for the Joseph L. Block and the Prentiss Brown in Grand Haven, MI.
From there we mobilized to Holland, MI to break out the channel for the Undaunted/PM41. With the cold winter conditions, this proved to be a little more challenging. The brash ice was anywhere from 4’ to 8’ thick and packed between the Holland break wall arms. It took nearly 8 hours of backing and ramming to go 100 yards to get in the channel. Early the next morning, we were able to keep a path open, which allowed the tug/barge unit to make it out to open water in Lake Michigan.
Ashton Marine hosted over 40 people consisting of Family, Friends and Employees for lunch on the Tug “Candace Elise”. The day consisted of a tour of Muskegon Lake, Muskegon Channel and Lake Michigan. All age groups were represented from 2 1/2 year old Carter Dean to 86 year old John Bronsema. The highlight of the tour came when Jack (6) and Tyler (8) piloted the tug, “Candace Elise” through the Muskegon Channel. All in all, it was a great day. To view all the pictures from the day, visit our Ashton Marine, LLC Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ashton.tugs
We are so excited to announce that we are building two 200’ x 35’ x 15’ ABS full load line hopper barges. These barges will primarily be used on the Great Lakes where they can transport up to 2100 tons of cargo per barge. The unique size of these barges will give customers access to the river system without the cost of transloading into standard river hopper barges. Delivery is expected in mid August of this year. For further information contact Seth Andrie at (231) 220 – 5530 or email@example.com.
Ashton Marine, LLC participated in the Maritime Career Day in Muskegon, which 70 students from area high schools attended. The career day gave students a chance to tour several vessels, including two tug boats and a 600-foot-long barge used to transport coal, sand and stones among other materials.
Here’s a video of the students having fun working the fire cannon aboard the Tug Candace Elise.
Ashton Marine completes tow of a 343 ft by 76 ft barge from Green Bay, Wi. to Muskegon, Mi. The St. Mary’s Cement III was maneuvered through six bridges, (one of which was only 84 ft wide) and delivered safely on time. This is just another example of the Ashton’s Marine team proper planning and allocating the right equipment to execute the tow successfully.
Ashton Marine, LLC has been busy in the winter 2015/2016 with obtaining fresh certificates for our Tug Candace Elise. Both the 5 – year dry docking for our ABS Loadline and our three year Sub-Chapter M sticker have been renewed. Other improvements include adding a heating system for the winter months and a remote power temperature and humidity alarm system to monitor the status of our tug during the winter lay-up months.
Ashton Marine, LLC completes the third Pump Runner delivery to Ludington Pumped Storage Plant near Ludington, MI. This cargo delivery required the tug Candace Elise, which normally operates at a 13’ draft, to get up to less than 10’ draft due to water restrictions at the plant. This project was the smoothest of the 3 to date. This weather sensitive delivery had to be coordinated with the aid of special weather monitoring equipment installed aboard the tug.