The M/V Burns Harbor was originally owned by Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Great Lakes Steamship Division. The vessel was named for the firm’s newest fully-integrated steelmaking complex located at Burns Harbor, IN. The vessel came under the ownership of American Steamship Company in 2005.
Built by the Bay Shipbuilding Corporation at Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1980. The M/V Burns Harbor sailed on its maiden voyage, light from Sturgeon Bay, WI on September 28, 1980 to Superior, WI to load iron ore pellets.
The M/V Burns Harbor is powered by four 3500 HP General Motors Electro Motive Division (EMD) diesel engines. The vessel uses a conveyor system below its cargo holds to transport cargo to a "loop conveyor" system that elevates the cargo to the deck-mounted boom conveyor. For maneuvering in port and restricted waterways, the vessel is equipped with 1,500 HP bow and stern thrusters.
The M/V Burns Harbor is primarily used for long-haul transport of iron ore pellets on the Great Lakes.
|Midsummer Draft (MS)||34'- 3/4"|
|Deadweight Capacity at MS Draft||80,900 Gross Tons|
|Deadweight Capacity at 27'-6"||62,100 Gross Tons|
|Unloading Boom Conveyor Length||250'|
|Maximum Unloading Rate||10,000 Tons/Hour|
|Number of Cargo Holds||7|
|Number of Hatches||37|
|Number of Propellers||2|