MV Indiana Harbor

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Name: MV Indiana Harbor
Namesake: Indiana Harbor, Indiana
Builder: Bay Shipbuilding Company[1]
Yard number: 719[1][2]
Launched: 1979[1]
Status: In service as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: lake freighter
  • 35,923 gross tonnage[1]
  • 33,534 net tonnage[1]
  • 1,000 feet (305 m) (overall)[3]
  • 988.8 feet (301 m)[1]
Beam: 105 ft (32 m)[1]
  • 34.75 ft (10.59 m) (Midsummer Draft)[3]
  • 56 ft (17 m) (hull depth)[1]
Propulsion: four 3500 HP General Motors Electro Motive Division (EMD) diesel engines, 14,000 SHP[3]

M/V Indiana Harbor is a very large diesel-powered Lake freighter owned and operated by the American Steamship Company. This vessel was built in 1979 at Bay Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and included self-unloading technology.

The ship is 1000 feet long and 105 feet wide, with a carrying capacity of 75,000 tons, either coal or iron ore.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • In May 1984, Indiana Harbor was the largest ship to ever enter the harbor at Ludington, Michigan and delivered 45,000 tons of limestone to Ludington's Dow plant.[4] It also set another record the following year with 50,090 tons of limestone.[5]
  • August 1986, Indiana Harbor broke the Lake Erie record for loading coal, 52,000 tons, at Toledo.[6] 10 days later, Indiana Harbor ran aground in the St. Clair River.[7]
  • On September 8, 1993, the ship collided with the Lansing Shoals Light Station. There were no injuries and the damage was about $1.9 million for the ship and $100,000 for the light.[8]
  • On January 3, 1996, Indiana Harbor grounded in the St. Marys River and suffered an 8 feet (2.4 m) gash in the port bow.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Vessel Documentation Query". NOAA/US Coast Guard. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  2. ^ Colton, Tim. "Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI". Archived from the original on 2015-07-03.
  3. ^ a b c d "M/V Indiana Harbor". American Steamship.
  4. ^ "Economy, Ice Bring Biggest Ship Ever to Ludington". Ludington Daily News. May 9, 1984.
  5. ^ "Longest Ship on the lakes brings biggest load here". Ludington Daily News. May 7, 1985.
  6. ^ Bates, Eric (August 7, 1986). "Seamen Idled as Lake Ships Become Bigger". Toledo Blade.
  7. ^ "Record-holding Ship Runs Aground In River". Toledo Blade. August 22, 1986.
  8. ^ Thompson, Mark L. (2004). Graveyard of the Lakes. Wayne State University Press. pp. 82–84. ISBN 978-0-8143-3226-9.
  9. ^ Thompson, Mark L. (2004). Graveyard of the Lakes. Wayne State University Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-8143-3226-9.