By Paul Schmitt
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding celebrated the re-commissioning of the Vessel John G. Munson Thursday afternoon. Keystone Shipping Company and Canadian National (CN) were on hand as well. The ceremonial attendees included managers and engineers from all their companies and celebrated the repowering of the John G. Munson from steam propulsion to diesel propulsion. The John G. Munson was built in Manitowoc in 1952 and is one of the nine freighters from Canadian National’s Great Lakes Fleet.
Josh Juel,Manager of Great Lakes Fleet, Canadian National
The ceremony ended with the presentation of the re-commissioning plaque to Scott McPherson & Captain Ron Buczkowski by Todd Thayse & Cheryl Arnott.
Complete news release from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding:
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, along with Keystone Shipping Company and Canadian National (CN), celebrated the re-commissioning of the Vessel John G. Munson on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.
The ceremony, was held in Building 311 at FBS was attended by Don Kurz, President of Keystone Shipping; Josh Juel, Manager of Great Lakes Fleet-Canadian National; Mitch Koslow, Vice President of Engineering & Purchasing, Keystone Shipping Co.; Don Lindquist, Keystone Shipping; Scott McPherson, Chief Engineer of the John G. Munson and Ron Buczkowski, Captain of the John G. Munson. In attendance from FBS was Stu Fett, Production Manager; Cheryl Arnott, Project Manager and VP & GM Todd Thayse, as well as our FBS Production Crews. (The Munson is managed by Keylakes, Inc. out of Duluth, MN, which is a subsidiary of Keystone Shipping Co. Keystone Shipping Company, which part of Canadian National and the Munson is one of nine vessels of the CN Great Lakes Fleet.)
The ceremony was to celebrate the repowering of the John G Munson from steam propulsion to diesel propulsion. Don Kurz and Josh Juel both spoke of the history of the Munson, FBS’s successful and lengthy business relationship with Keystone, Key Lakes and CN has had and will continue to have with FBS and also to say THANK YOU to all of the men and women of Bay Ship who worked on the Munson for their quality and dedication. Mr. Kurz said that it was that hard work and quality that has extended the life of the Munson by decades. Mr. Juel also spoke of the thousands of jobs the Munson has provided since she was first commissioned back in 1952 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding; jobs for the ships captain and crew, jobs for the cities where they make and distribute her cargo, jobs here at Bay Ship where we have worked on this repowering and countless other jobs. He spoke with pride stating that now that the Munson has been repowered that she will continue to provide thousands of jobs for decades and he again said Thank You to everyone involved.