Coast Guard continues to work with the Roger Blough

The Roger Blough ran aground Friday, May 27, 2016 in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Information and pictures below, courtesy of US Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They are ordered from first to most recent
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Coast Guard crews and the Aids to Navigation Team  from Sault Ste Marie, and the air crew from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan responded. Coast Guard pollution responders, vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigator arrived on board the vessel to assess vessel damage and crew safety. The Coast Guard has dispatched the cutter, Mobile Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to assist in on-going response operations. The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and overseeing future salvage operations.
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Throughout the night, U.S. Coast Guard boat crews conducted hourly exterior draft readings of the vessel while the crew of the Roger Blough also conducted interior soundings to the tanks each hour through the evening. Based on the stabilized draft readings and tank soundings, the flooding appears to be under control. Plans to safely remove the Roger Blough from the reef have begun. A U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, was launched to provide aerial photos but was diverted due to dense fog.
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The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (below, right),  enforced a 500 yard safety zone alongside the motor vessel Roger Blough to protect passing vessels from potential hazards associated with salvage operations. Sault Ste. Marie Vessel Traffic Service has also increased its measures on commercial traffic to ensure the safe passage of shipping near the safety zone.
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The Roger Blough activated its vessel response plan, taking precautionary measures to ensure safety of the the environment. This includes coordination with their oil spill response organization to deploy oil containment equipment as well as underwater dive surveys to more effectively assess the damage and unground the vessel.
“All indications thus far seem to reveal that the damage is in the forward section of the vessel and all fuel tanks are in the rear section,” said Ken Gerasimos, a representative of Key Lakes Inc., the operating company of the Roger Blough. “No fuel tanks are connected to the outer skin of the ship.”
A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew conducted an overflight of the area Sunday morning and reported no signs of pollution.
The chance of a fuel spill remains minimal and flooding on the Blough remains stable. The crew remains in good condition.
The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to arrive on Monday, May 30, to assist the Coast Guard in the investigation into the cause of the grounding.
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May 29, 2016

Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef in conjunction with Canadian partners and company representatives.

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Responders placed a protective boom around the stern of the Blough strictly as a preventative measure around the location of the Blough’s fuel tanks.
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The motor vessel Edgar B. Speer (above) safely passes the 500 yard safety zone around the motor vessel Roger Blough.
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Lt. Gordon Gertiser, a marine inspector with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, inspects the engine room for possible damage aboard the motor vessel Roger Blough, May 30, 2016, in Lake Superior.
 

Vlieborg, Anderson pass in the Duluth harbor

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The Vlieborg (above) arrived this morning (May 31, 2016) at 6:25 as the Arthur M. Anderson was departing, passing each other in the Duluth harbor. This is the second visit of this version of the Vlieborg; she was also here in November, 2012 (the year she was built) to load beet pulp pellets.  Notice the ladder hanging down from the deck of the Vlieborg and also her direction, as if she, like the Anderson, is departing. The Vlieborg is in the harbor for inspection by local grain officials and other port personnel. When that is complete, she may go out to the anchorage, stay where she is or go over to CHS to load grain. Today’s weather, cold, with high winds and rain, may keep her there; going out to the anchorage in this wind may not be the Captain’s first choice, and grain is not loaded when it is raining. This was the 6th visit to the Twin Ports for the Anderson this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN.

Both the Kurt Paul and the Trudy here for second time to discharge general cargo

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The Kurt Paul, above, arrived on Saturday and went to anchor off the Duluth piers. This morning (May 29, 2016) at 6:14, she came into port and is now discharging wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal.  She was here once before, in May, 2011, also discharging wind turbine blades. She is expected to complete that discharge and depart the port this evening. Below, the Trudy arrived here on May 24 and has been discharging clay at the Port Terminal. She also was here once before; in November, 2015 when she also discharged clay. That job will take a holiday on Monday (Memorial Day) and resume on Tuesday, hoping to complete the discharge late next week.
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Nice day in Canal Park for a picture

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Duluth Police officers Jim Matson and Amber Peterson arrived at the Duluth ship canal this afternoon (May 24, 2016) at 3:50.  And oh yes, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien was also here at the same time. She went to the Calumet Fuel dock to get fuel after loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior. Officers Matson and Peterson went back to patrolling the streets of Duluth. Matson is riding Maggie and Peterson is on Jimmy.
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BBC Haren, the 57th BBC ship to come to Duluth

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The BBC Haren came under the Lift Bridge on Friday evening (May 20, 2016) at 8:15. She is now waiting to load grain at the CHS2 terminal.

This is the most recent of 54 visits that ships operated by BBC Chartering & Logistics of Leer, Germany have made to the Port of Duluth Superior (I might add, the largest port by tonnage of all the ports on the Great Lakes). They are the BBC Amazon, BBC Arizona, BBC Atlantic, BBC Celina, BBC Chile, BBC Elbe, BBC Ems, BBC England, BBC Europe, BBC Finland, BBC Florida, BBC France, BBC Fuji, BBC Germany, BBC Greenland, BBC Haren, BBC Italy, BBC Jade, BBC Kimberley, BBC Louisiana, BBC Maine, BBC Mississippi, BBC Mont Blanc, BBC Ontario, BBC Oregon, BBC Orinoco, BBC Plata, BBC Rhine, BBC Rosario, BBC Scandinavia, BBC Shanghai, BBC Sweden, BBC Texas, BBC Venezuela, BBC Volga and BBC Zarate.

There are many more, including BBC Pluto, BBC Neptune, BBC Moonstone and a lot named for states of the United States, including BBC Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Maine, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California, Arizona, Alabama, Wisconsin, Nevada, Kansas. You may notice some of these states do not have deep water ports, or even shallow water ports for that matter. There are many more, named for mountains,  rivers, countries, cities and some I am not sure about. Notice, there is not one called BBC Duluth or even BBC Minnesota, even though their ships have been here 54 times since the first BBC ship arrived on April 17, 2005. You may remember that was the BBC Ontario.

But still, I must emphasize that we welcome all ships to our port including the BBC Haren. But please, when you get back to the home office, please put a good word in for us, that is, DULUTH MINNESOTA.

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To Duluth by ship then by rail to Fort McMurray

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Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada has been in the news lately, heavily damaged by a windswept fire that forced all the town’s citizens to flee their homes. Thirteen years ago, the heavy lift ship Stellanova arrived Duluth to discharge heavy equipment onto rail cars that then went up to Fort McMurray where the heavy equipment was used in the development of their oil sands project. Click here to see the updated photos on the Stellanova ship page of one the largest cargo projects ever undertaken in the Port of Duluth .

Trader replaces McCarthy at CN

The Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth Friday evening at 6:15 with limestone she discharged at the Graymont Superior Lime dock in Superior. She then went to the Duluth harbor anchorage to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. She arrived Duluth on Friday morning and was loading iron ore pellets for Zug Island, Michigan at the CN dock.
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This morning (May 14, 2016), around 7 am, we see the McCarthy moving down the Duluth harbor to leave via the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for Zug Island while the Trader is on her way to take the place of the McCarthy loading iron ore pellets at CN.
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Prosna, a river, a race and a ship

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Here is the 2015 edition of the annual race through the Prosna River in Poland. The race attracts a lot of runners and the streets by and over the river are filled with spectators. They even named a ship after the river and she arrived Duluth this morning (May 11, 2016) and is now loading grain at the CHS terminal located on the St. Louis River in Superior.
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Check the ship page for the Prosna.

New images, information on Oberstar page

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Coal to Nova Scotia

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The Atlantic Huron departed Duluth today (May 7, 2016) with 33,000 tons of coal she will deliver to Sydney, Nova Scotia (right center on Google Earth map, below). Click here for her ship page to see another image of her departure and to hear her whistle as she went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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New images, information on the Manitowoc/Earl Oglebay ship page

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Federal Biscay departs with wheat for England

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After launch in Japan on October 22, 2015, the Federal Biscay arrived Duluth on April 26, 2016 to load wheat. Above and below, she departed today (April 29, 2016) for England with wheat.
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Federal Biscay brings new ballast water treatment system to Duluth

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On October 22, 2015, Fednav Limited (of Montreal), took delivery from Oshima Shipbuilding (in Japan) of the brand new Federal Biscay. She arrived in Duluth this morning (April 26, 2016) to load wheat at CHS 2 that she will take to England and probably also to Ghent, Belgium. She is the first ship in the Great Lakes to be equipped with a new ballast water treatment system called  BallastAce. It will operate in both fresh and salt water environments using a sophisticated filter and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) injection mechanism in the ship’s ballast system. This will prevent the further intrusion of invasive species into the Great Lakes system.
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At the top, the local tug Kentucky assisted the Federal Biscay from the stern and the tug Arkansas worked the bow.  In the picture just above,  you can see the stern of the Arkansas moving behind the American Century that, arriving at 6:31 this morning, is getting fuel at the Calumet Fuel dock at the Port Terminal.

Cold, windy and rainy but still working

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After arriving Duluth on Sunday to load 66,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan, the Paul R. Tregurtha is seen above making her turn into the Duluth harbor, on her way out, officially going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 11:45 this morning, April 25, 2016. She is passing by the Vancouverborg and Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. docked at the Port Terminal. The Vancouverborg came into port at 1:22 this morning and is waiting to load grain at CHS in Superior. The McCarthy is behind her fueling at the Calumet Fuel Dock. She will probably depart there for the BN terminal to load iron ore pellets.

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Federal Caribou, first of two new ships in Duluth

The Federal Caribou was launched earlier this year at Oshima Shipbuilding  in Japan where she was built. She left there to pick up steel products in South Korea and then started into the Pacific Ocean, through the Panama Canal and then north through the Atlantic Ocean along the US Coast to the St. Lawrence Seaway system, going between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and into the St. Lawrence River. She arrived in Sorel, Quebec to discharge some of her cargo, and then went to the port of Picton, Ontario to drop off more of her steel products.
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Her last discharge port was Windsor, Canada, across the river from Detroit. After that, she departed Windsor for Duluth, arriving here on April 23, 2016. She dropped anchor off the Duluth piers (above), ending her maiden voyage. She will probably come into port on Monday to take the place of the Wigeon at CHS in Superior. There, she will load wheat and then depart for Algeria to deliver the cargo.

New updates to Speer ship page

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McCarthy here for 2nd time this season

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived Duluth at 10:30 this morning (April 21, 2016). She is here to load coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. This in her second trip to the Twin Ports this season since she left her winter layup in Toledo. She was also here on April 10 to load coal for Presque Isle.

In, out, in

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The Polish ship Wigeon (left) entered the Duluth Harbor this morning (April 20, 2016) at 9:15, the American Century (center) departed at 1:15 in the afternoon and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin finally came under Lift Bridge at 8:15 this evening. She was followed by the tug Arkansas for some reason. Click any of the images to see a larger version.

Heavy lift Fairlift returns to Duluth

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The heavy lift ship, Jumbo Shipping’s Fairlift, arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (above) on Thursday evening April 14, 2016. She brought with her 8 large pieces of gas/oil production equipment built in Italy. You can see 2 of the pieces on her weather deck in the picture above and below. She also brought large pieces of equipment here in 2007 and 2000. check
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She docked at the Port Terminal Thursday evening (above) and preparation began to move the large pieces from the ship to railcars sitting beside the ship.
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On Friday afternoon, two on-board cranes slowly lifted the first piece off the deck and out over the waiting railcars.
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Each piece will be carried by 2 rail cars lashed together to handle too large and extra long cargo.
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G3 Marquis first visit to Duluth

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The G3 Marquis arrived Duluth at 8:01 this morning and stopped off at Calumet Fuel at the Port Terminal (above). She then moved up the Superior channel to the BN dock. The G3 web site notes that the G3 Marquis will carry grain eastward out of Thunder Bay, and bring iron ore from seaports on the St. Lawrence back into the Great Lakes. Despite that, on this trip she will load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. She is a new build from China, built for the Algoma Central Corporation, for use by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).  During her winter layup in Hamilton, Ontario, she was renamed from CWB Marquis to G3 Marquis in order to reflect a change of ownership from the Canadian Wheat Board to G3 Canada Ltd. (Global Grain Group). This is her first stop under her new name.

Fairlift, Federal Rideau due here; check new page updates

For Fairlift updates, click here; and for Federal Rideau, click here
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New Whitefish Bay Pictures

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At the Soo Locks when it opened on March 25, 2016

Watch the Soo Locks open for the season on March 25, 2016.

Albanyborg is first salt water ship of the season

2016-0403-6077The Albanyborg arrived last night (Sunday, April 3, 2016) at 7:46 (at right). This is her first visit to the Twin Ports and she was the first salt water ship of the season. She also was the first foreign-flag vessel to enter the Seaway after it opened on March 23. She is listed as a Multipurpose Dry Cargo Carrier, meaning she was built to carry a wide variety of cargo. She started her journey in Germany where she loaded wind turbine components that she discharged in Port Colborne, Ontario before arriving here last night. She will be loading grain at CHS in Superior but is currently at the Port Terminal (below) reconfiguring her cargo holds. Officially, she has 2 cargo holds but they can both be sub divided, both horizontally and vertically. She arrived set up with several levels to hold the wind turbine pieces. They are taking them down since they will be loading a bulk cargo and will be using the full height of each cargo hold.
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