By Paul Schmitt
The arrival of the “winter fleet” has made its way to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The Great Lakes freighters started coming in on Monday with the Edwin H. Gott, a 1004-foot vessel. Two other 1,000 footers, The James R. Baker along with the Walter J McCarthy arrived on Tuesday. Vice-President and General Manager Todd Thayse says having the big freighters all come in within a couple days presents some challenges for the shipyard.
Two other vessels are expected this week with another two cargo ships arriving next week to round out the 2017 Winter Fleet. For a complete schedule of freighters that have or will be at Bay Shipbuilding for maintenance and repair, go to this story online.