ESCANABA, Mich. — An international ship has docked in Escanaba for the first time in more than 80 years.

The Daily Press ( ) reports that the BBC Mont Blanc, a saltwater vessel, arrived in Escanaba on Wednesday morning. The ship was welcomed to North Shore Marine Terminal and Logistics with a ceremony in the afternoon.

The vessel came from Italy, carrying three Wartsila Italia power generators that are powered by natural gas and will be used to upgrade the Marquette Energy Center.

The generators will be unloaded from the Mont Blanc to a barge operated by Basic Towing, part of the marine terminal. The barge will then travel through the Soo Locks and into Lake Superior to its final destination in Marquette.

Terminal owner Dan Kobasic said he’s grateful for those who worked hard to get the vessel to Escanaba.

Lyle Bero, business development manager for North Shore Marine Terminal and Logistics, said many years of work has made it possible to get the ship to Escanaba and this shows the importance of having a deep water port constructed in here.

According to the Delta County Historical Society, the first international ship to dock in Escanaba was the Lyscker III, which came from Portugal in 1936.

Information from: Daily Press,