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The John G. Munson closed the 2014 shipping season for the port of Duluth Superior when she arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:28 on the morning of January 20, 2015. The tug Nels J. made a trip through the Duluth harbor just before she arrived. Below, the Munson is about ready to turn the corner to the Blatnik Bridge and her winter layup home at Fraser Shipyard. The Nels J. was staying close by but the Munson seemed to have an easy time moving through the ice in the harbor.
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The Mesabi Miner came in on Monday morning, January 19, 2015 after discharging her last cargo of coal at Presque Isle in Marquette. After stopping for fuel, she began to move over to Midwest Energy Resources to spend the winter. She had a tug assist from a Great Lakes Towing tug, seen here (just barely) moving around her stern at left.

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The John B. Aird departed Duluth at 11 am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with iron ore pellets loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 6th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded iron ore pellets on each of those visits; last year, she made only 3 trips here, also loading iron ore pellets on each trip, although she brought a cargo of salt on her August 14th, 2014 trip that she discharged (at Hallett #8) before loading the pellets at Burlington Northern. All cargos but this last one were loaded at the BN.

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Sometimes in the winter, the hardest thing for a boat to do is make a dock; even if the course thru the ice is not much of a problem. A 1,000 footer weighs a lot and can brush aside a lot of loose ice as it goes thru the harbor. Moving all 1,013 feet up against a dock is another story. Loose ice, easy to go thru in open water, compresses as the vessel moves closer to the dock; a tug is often needed to not only break up the ice but also flush the ice away from the dock, leaving room for the boat to move up against the dock and tie up. If the ice is not cleared, the vessel does not make the dock. Here, after coming under the Lift Bridge and moving up the harbor, the Paul R. Tregurtha points her bow to the dock, allowing a deck hand to drop down to the dock to secure the bow. The rest of the boat slowly closes toward the dock, carefully, and often with the help of a tug, pushing the loose ice out of the way. You can see the tug at the far right, moving out of the way after breaking up the ice. That was at 1 pm on Sunday, January 11, 2015. After taking on fuel at Calumet, she then moved over to Midwest Energy to load her last cargo of coal of the season. She left at 4:56 the next morning with 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. Another trip here was planned but has apparently been canceled, making this her last and 41st visit this season. Last year, without a late start due to ice, the Tregurtha was here 49 times.

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American Integrity in for winter layup

January 7, 2015

The American Integrity was the first of 6 vessels coming here for winter layup. She arrived this morning, January 7, 2015 around 11:30. Winter layup, Duluth Superior, January, 2015 Location Vessel Arrival Date Carrier Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott Canceled for Twin Ports GLF/ Key Lakes Port Terminal Berth 6 American Integrity 1/7/2015 […]

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Clear and cold

January 5, 2015

The Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth at noon on Monday, January 5, 2015 to get fuel at Calumet before moving over to the Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The North Carolina was waiting at the bridge for the Whitefish Bay to arrived before she went out into the lake.

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Celebrate 2015 in Duluth

January 2, 2015

Above, the Lee A. Tregurtha started things off in the new year when she departed Duluth at 8:24 in the morning on January 1, 2015. The Paul R. Tregurtha, below, was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports this year at 3:17 in the afternoon. In between those two, the Mesabi Miner left […]

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Indiana Harbor here for more coal

December 29, 2014

The Indiana Harbor comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 29, 2014. I am waiting for the world’s largest Christmas ‘tree’ to come down but at least the leaves are off the trees that frame this shot in warmer weather. This is her 26th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After fueling […]

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Snow, rain, ice and the Lee A. Tregurtha

December 22, 2014

… arriving Duluth on December 22, 2014 for fuel and to discharge at Hallett #8

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Palmerton arrives

December 14, 2014

The Palmerton arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2014 with structural steel to discharge at the Port Terminal. Below, she gets an assist from the Heritage Marine tug Helen H.

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Tug Nickelena brings Ro-Ro barge to Duluth

December 11, 2014

Ro-Ro being Roll on Roll off, as in Roll that pressure vessel onto the barge,  take it to Duluth and Roll it Off. Here the tug is moving the barge up to the back of the slip at the Port Terminal, where the cargo will come off the barge. Below is a video of the […]

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Juno under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

December 8, 2014

Here the Juno arrives Duluth on December 8, 2014. She made one other trip to Duluth, in October, 2011.

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Mamry joins a kayaker

December 6, 2014

The Mamry has been sitting at anchor for a week or more but may finally come in this evening (December 6, 2014), leaving our friendly kayaker alone on the lake. She probably won’t be the last salt water ship to leave the port. She will replace the Erieborg at Gavilon in Superior tonight. Salt water […]

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Not fair, it is only November 28

November 28, 2014

While the Presque Isle waits to leave for Two harbors, the Great Republic makes her way thru the suddenly iced over Duluth harbor. It is only November 28!!

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Kom comes to Duluth for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

There are many reasons why Paul Scinocca (above) is a better photographer than I am. One is his ability to get down and dirty when taking a picture. I might try that sometime (not); getting back up would be the hard part. BTW, the temperature on this Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2014 was 4 degrees […]

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Baie Comeau in Duluth for coal

November 25, 2014

The Baie Comeau arrived Duluth on November 25, 2014 to load coal  for Quebec at Midwest Energy. It was her 15th trip here this season; she was here 7 times in 2013, her first year in service.

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Tregurtha departs for Marquette

November 19, 2014

The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Wednesday morning, November 19, 2914 with 66,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle in Michigan. This was her 34th trip here this season; she was here 49 times last year.

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Saltie departs Duluth

November 11, 2014

This was her first trip to the Twin Ports; she brought machinery here that will soon go to the Twin Cities.

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Two saltwater ships at the Port Terminal

November 11, 2014

The Muntgracht arrived Duluth on November 11, 2014, on her first trip to the Twin Ports. Above, she discharged machinery at the Port Terminal that will be loaded onto trucks that will carry it to its final destination in the Twin Cities. Below, the Yulia arrived Duluth on November 7, 2014 to discharge kaolin clay […]

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3 arrivals on November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014

The Philip R. Clarke, James R. Barker and CSL Niagara came into port under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, November 7, 2014.

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Vikingbank follows Federal Satsuki

October 31, 2014

Like the Satsuki, she will load grain at the Gavilon Elevator, the former Peavey elevator

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Federal Satsuki departs with grain

October 31, 2014

… on October 31, 2014

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Algoma Olympic departs at dusk

October 30, 2014

Algoma Olympic departed Duluth at dusk on October 30, 2014

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Discharging cement and loading grain

October 24, 2014

The Algoma Montrealais arrived Duluth early this morning to discharge a cargo of cement at the Holcim dock in Duluth. Holly Jorgenson took the picture above while the freighter was at the cement dock; she also took the picture of the Isadora below while the boat was loading grain at the CHS 2 dock in […]

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Arkansas gets to work quickly

October 21, 2014

The tug Arkansas arrived here on October 17th, 2014.  Two days later, Carole Lent got a nice shot of her helping the Orla move through the Duluth harbor on the 19th. The Orla picked up a cargo of wheat at CHS in Superior.

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