VanEnkevort Tug & Barge

VanEnkevort Tug & Barge is an American shipping line, founded in 1967, that specializes in shipping bulk cargoes in tug barge units.[1][2]

In 2018 the firm was charged with negligence over allegations an anchor dragging from one of its tugboats, the Clyde S. VanEnkevort, damaged three transmission cables and dented an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.[3]

VanEnkevort Tug & Barge fleet
image name type acquired disposition notes
Olive L. Moore tug 1967
FC-1 cargo 1968
  • Acid barge
FC-2 cargo 1968
  • Acid barge
BP-100 cargo 1973
  • Acid barge
Buckeye cargo 1979
CY-11 cargo 1979
  • Acid barge
Joseph H. Thompson cargo 1990
  • Converted to a self-unloading barge
Joseph H. Thompson Jr. tug 1993
  • Built from scrap left over from converting the Joseph H. Thompson to a barge.
Laura L. VanEnkevort tug 2019
Dirk VanEnkevort tug
Michigan Trader cargo 2020
McKee Sons cargo 1993
Clyde S. VanEnkevort tug 2011
Joyce L. VanEnkevort tug
Erie Trader cargo 2012


  1. ^ VanEnkevort Tug & Barge History. VanEnkevort Tug & Barge. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  2. ^ Samuel Hankinson (2019-09-26). "Tug new to the Great Lakes helps barge deliver to Grand Haven". Grand Haven Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-03. The VanEnkevort arrived in Toledo a few weeks ago, where the Joseph H. Thompson/Joseph H. Thompson Jr. were waiting. The VanEnkevort mated with the Joseph H. Thompson, leaving the Joseph H. Thompson Jr. alone. VanEnkevort's plan is to have the VanEnkevort push the Joseph H. Thompson (likely to be renamed at some point) and the Joseph H. Thompson Jr. (expected to be renamed Dirk VanEnkevort) push the new barge Michigan Trader upon its completion at some point next season.
  3. ^ "Feds: Human, mechanical failures likely led to Line 5 anchor mishap". Detroit News. 2018-06-05. Retrieved 2020-01-03. The 2018 strike and resulting spill propelled negotiations over the future of Enbridge's decades-old Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits. It prompted former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to file suit against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge Inc., alleging its tug was responsible for the alleged anchor strike.
  4. ^ "Dirk S. Van Enkevort, Joseph H. Thompson Jr".
  5. ^ a b Roger LeLievre. "Clyde S. Van Enkevort: IMO 9618484". Boatnerd. Retrieved 2020-01-03.