Kaye E. Barker loading at the CSX dock
Seen loading cargo at the CSX Coal and Iron Ore terminal is Interlake Steamship Kaye E. Barker. Prior to joining the Interlake Steamship Company in 1985, the Kaye E. Barker was owned by two separate companies, Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Company and Rouge Steel Company. In 1981, just before joining Interlake, Kaye E. Barker was converted into a self-unloader by American Steamship Company. In 2012, she was stationed at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin undergoing a repowering. Interlake Steamship announced in 2020 the construction of the M/V Mark W. Barker, the first Great Lakes carrier built in 35 years. The new River-Class, self-loader is scheduled to be completed by mid-2022 joining the Kaye E. Barker and the rest of the fleet.
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