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    Posted February 11, 2011 by
    Marinette, Wisconsin
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    Tugs in Menominee River at Marinette WI


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JohnBoyWI was on top of a drawbridge snapping photos of tug boats slowly moving across what seemed like a nearly frozen lake. With the temperature at 9 degrees he found himself going back to his car to warm up in between taking photos.
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    Tug boats Jimmy L, Susan L and Mary E. Hannah working in the Menominee River at Marinette WI. The tugs are preparing the barge Lewis J Kuber to go under the draw bridge. The James L Kuber was down river waiting for its turn. Temperature was 9 degrees at 11:40 AM.


    The Jimmy L and John M Selvick (Cleveland OH) and the Lewis J Kuber.


    The Lewis J. Kuber was originally built in April 1952 by Bethlehem Steel Co. of Cleveland, OH, and was named the Sparrows Point. The vessel hauled iron ore supplying the company's Lake Michigan and Erie mills. The Sparrows was converted to a self-unloader and a bow thruster was added during 1979/80 winter lay-up at the Fraser Shipyards of Superior, WI. The self-unloading system could discharge at a rate of up to 5,327 tons per hour via a 250' stern mounted discharge boom.


    In September 2006, the "new" articulated self-unloading barge emerged renamed the Lewis J. Kuber (LJK) in honor of Tom Kuber's, the owner of KK Integrated Logistics and KK Integrated Shipping, late father.


    Down river the James L. Kuber was christened as an articulated tug barge (ATB) in March 2008 and commenced her inaugural ATB season in April. The James L. Kuber (JLK) was the third conversion that took place at the Menominee, Michigan dock of KK Integrated Logistics.

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