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SS Badger’s New Coal Ash System Ready for 2015 Season


In Lakeland Boating’s May 2014 issue, we wrote about the ongoing renovations to the beloved Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC), the S.S. Badger — the last coal-fired ship on the Great Lakes. Now, according to Terri Brown, director of media relations for LMC, the 411-foot carferry purchased a new onboard conveyer system in October 2014. This will allow the vessel to transport ash from the boiler room to an ash retention container, and in effect comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s consent decree signed October 2013.

To date, LMC has spent more than $2 million on its two-phase ash retention system, according to an article on The first phase was completed in Winter 2013 and included a combustion control installation.

Pieces of the conveyer will arrive by the end of December 2014, according to the article, and the system will be ready to go by the time the Badger’s 2015 season begins.

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