S.S. Badger — iconic cross-lake automotive ferry in Ludington — bought to Ohio agency

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LUDINGTON — The historic S.S. Badger automotive ferry that crosses Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. is below new possession. 

On Wednesday, the Middleburg Heights, Ohio-based Interlake Holding Co. acquired the property of Ludington-based Lake Michigan Automobile Ferry Co., the proprietor and operator of the S.S. Badger, in response to a press release. The deal additionally included the property of Ludington-based Pere Marquette Transport Co., which included the “workhorse” articulated tug-barge Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41.

The customer additionally created Interlake Maritime Companies, a brand new entity that may handle the newly acquired companies together with The Interlake Steamship Firm, which operates a fleet of 9 freighters on the Nice Lakes. 

Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed. 

“There are lots of synergies between our family-owned and operated firms and this deal was a great match for all of us from the start,” Pere Marquette Transport and Lake Michigan Automobile Ferry President Robert Manglitz stated in a press release. “It was essential for us to seek out not solely a extremely dedicated and succesful vessel operator but additionally an organization that shared our tradition of placing its staff and clients first.”

Interlake Holding President Mark Barker stated the corporate is “absolutely dedicated” to persevering with the S.S. Badger’s cross-lake passenger, automotive and truck service. The vessel serves because the connection alongside the U.S. 10 freeway in Michigan and Wisconsin. 

“As a maritime firm, we perceive how vital the Badger connection between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. is to these communities,” Barker stated in a press release. 

The S.S. Badger started serving as a passenger and automotive transporter in 1992, two years after its service as a practice automotive ferry ended. The coal-fired, 410-foot vessel was inbuilt 1952 and is a chosen Nationwide Historic Landmark. It has a capability of 600 folks and 180 vehicles, in accordance the corporate’s web site.

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Lake Michigan Automobile Ferry Vice President Don Clingan known as the sale as “one other milestone” within the ship’s historical past, describing Interlake Holdings as “a extremely certified new proprietor who will prolong the legacy of the Badger into the longer term for each port cities of Ludington and Manitowoc.”

Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41, which is predicated out of Ludington on Pere Marquette Lake, carries a spread of cargo reminiscent of massive stone for breakwalls, pig iron and scrap. 

“We’re including capability and property in areas that our clients have recognized a necessity for,” Interlake’s Barker stated. “It is a market we have now been for a while and this strategic acquisition will permit us to take part in it with a confirmed asset and a revered buyer base.”

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