More wind turbine blades for Minnesota Power

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HHL Tyne arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the early evening of August 26, 2015 with her deck piled high with wind turbine blades.
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UMD Marching band come to the Marine Museum

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Today, August 22, 2015, the University of Minnesota Duluth Marching Band played two sets on the front lawn of the Marine Museum. I broadcast the concert live using Periscope on my cell phone. You can see it here, as long as you forgive my beginning attempt at using Periscope. I was also taking pictures while I held the cell phone and trying to find out how it was going at the same time. But I think the sound came through pretty good.
Go here to watch the video of the live broadcast; it will only be available here for 24 hours. Also, Periscope can only do portrait at this time and the band is set up for landscape, but enough apologies.
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Alpena brings more cement to Duluth

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The Alpena brought cement to Duluth Superior this morning (August 13, 2015) arriving in the Duluth ship canal at 10:30. This is her 7th trip here this season; she brought cement here 12 times last season. She has one of the best, and loudest, whistles on the Great Lakes. Click the Alpena link just above to listen.
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More wind turbines in Duluth

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The HHL Elbe arrived Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 2015 with wind turbine parts to discharge at the Port Terminal. Built in 2008, this is her first visit to the Twin Ports. When she completes discharging the wind turbine pieces, she will go over to CHS in Superior to load grain as her departing cargo.
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Hon. James L. Oberstar departs Duluth

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The Great Lakes freighter Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Tuesday afternoon August 4, 2015 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She departed Duluth late morning the next day (above). This was her 6th visit to the Twin Ports this season; she was here 17 times last year. On most of her trips, she brought limestone in and then loaded iron ore pellets, usually here but sometimes departing for North Shore Mining in Silver Bay.

Thomas the Train comes to Duluth

Kayla’s picture

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My friend Kayla Currens, from Rockford, Illinois, took this picture of the American Integrity this morning (August 1, 2015) as she came into town to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison’s power plant in St. Clair. It is the boat’s 15th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she made 22 visits last season.
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Boats in all directions

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Looking out into Lake Superior in an early morning on a soon to be hot July 26th, 2015, visitors are out to catch a glimpse of the American Integrity coming in through the fog to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Turning around, we see the Algowood just moving away from the dock at North American Salt. She arrived at 10:54 Saturday evening and deposited the 3 large piles of salt you see in the center during the night. To the right of the salt, there is evidence of the new hotel, resort and boat watching paradise, Pier B Resort, as you can read, opening up in less than a year.
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Four tugs in a row on a summer day in Duluth

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In the old days, I took pictures of the front end of boats. But I am slowing down in my old age and are now happy to get the back ends. So here are the back ends of a flotilla of all the tugs from Heritage Marine, out to get their picture taken (from the front, mostly). In the background, at right, notice the very red, or orange, HHL Amur discharging wind turbines pieces at the Port Terminal. Above, left to right, the Nels J., Helen H. Nancy J. and the Edward H.
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Above, left to right, the Helen H., Nels J., Nancy J. and Edward H.  Below, the Nancy J., Nels J. and the Helen H.
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HHL Amur, under Bridge, into slip

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The HHL Amur arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, July 17, 2015 at 1:45 with wind turbine blades on her deck. She is now discharging them at the Port Terminal. (Two images above courtesy of Dave Campbell; click pics for larger versions)
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Barker runs local deliveries

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The James R. Barker departed Duluth today (July 15, 2015) with 58,000 tons of coal for Marquette, Michigan that she just completed loading at Midwest Energy Resources. She was just back from taking the same amount of coal to the Minnesota Power plant at Taconite Harbor. Thousand footers do not usually spend so much time making ‘local’ deliveries within Lake Superior. This was her 20th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here 43 times last year. Above, how she looked approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge today; below, how she sounded.

Our Local Hero

2015-0710-2416On Friday afternoon, November 1, 2013, Zoran Pedisic was on his fork lift moving heavy things around the Lake Superior Warehousing loading area next to Berth number 1, where the giant cranes sit waiting to be called into service. He noticed a man walking close to the edge of the pier and then going into the icy water. Zoran went in right after him and brought him up, saving his life in the process. Rescue story, North Star Port MAG pg6
A year and a half later, (July 10, 2015) Captain Steve Teschendorf, the  Commander of Sector Sault Ste. Marie, came to town to present Zoran with the USCG Silver Life Saving Medal. It was a homecoming of sorts for Teschendorf; he was the last Commander of the Sundew, and after taking her out of commission, became the first captain of the Sundew’s replacement, the Alder.
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2015-0710-2390But Zoran was the hero of the hour and friends and family of Zoran’s and family members of the man he saved, were out to honor their hero. Work even stopped for the many Warehouse employees who took a moment out of a busy day to celebrate a hero,  one of their own.
2015-0710-2446Before the ceremony, children just getting out of their car noticed Zoran’s different kind of car and lined up for a ride. Zoran is a wonderful man and clearly a hero to the children who gathered around him again, this time for a picture after the ceremony.  In his work, Zoran is always lifting and moving stuff, and he seemed to enjoy holding the smallest child in her basket for the picture.  Zoran was busy as always enjoying his time entertaining the children, accepting the award and talking with the local media.  Notice his medal around his neck.

Missed the bridge by seconds but phoned it in

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I have a really tough job. Every day in the summer I have to figure out how to cross the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to deliver my daily newsletter to my good friends (and advertisers) at the South Pier Inn. Or I should say, how to time my trip across so I can deliver the papers and get back before it goes up again.Today, Sunday, July 5, 2013, was not my best day for timing my sprint. On the good side, the John D. Leitch was set to enter the Superior entry to load iron ore pellets at the BN but had a change of heart and perhaps more to the point, needed to get fuel at Calumet so she decided to come in using the Duluth entry. My readers would be able 2015-0705-2056to see her come in and better yet, I found out about it before I printed the paper.Next challenge, I went out to take my run across the bridge to the Inn, at about 10:23 this morning, knowing that I would have enough time (8 minutes) to get across and back before the bridge went up to let the Vista boat come in at 10:30 (the bridge only goes up on the half hour for smaller vessels). I started across. After all, this was my 46th issue of the summer and I had the pattern down good. I could make it across and back in 8 minutes, if no one wanted to talk to me. As I approached the bridge, I saw the Leitch way out there and the Vista boat  2015-0705-2068approaching the Duluth piers. I stopped and did some mental calculations (not my strong point, as you will see). The Leitch was far enough out there that I had time (I thought) to deliver the papers and get back again before the bridge went up for the Vista boat and maybe the Leitch too. So I started to run across, ran into the South Pier Inn, threw my papers on the counter and ran out (luckily, no one wanted to say hello). I had 3 minutes left, I started to run, just as I arrived at the new light they installed, it turned from walk to stop. I thought I still had enough time to cross, since I still had 2 minutes left before she went up. But I thought about the clean record I have had for the last 15 years. The bridge has never yelled at me, as it sometimes does and someone tries to beat the system. I stopped, said a bad word and turned around.

I decided to take a walk down to the water behind the Hotel; might as well get some exercise since I could not get back to take a picture of the Leitch. We don’t see her so much these days. I ran into 20100806_3126Dale and Bette Sola, the owners of the hotel. They were out back tending to their wonderful garden. I started to tell Dale (at right, taking me for a ride on his luxury liner) my sad tale. He added to it by reminding me that it was too bad I didn’t have my camera since the light is better on that side of the bridge in the morning. I felt worse, then realized I had my iPhone on my hip; it had a camera in it. Most of the world knows that but I keep forgetting since I am a snob about taking pictures with a phone.

But it was a chance to turn defeat into victory. I phoned the pictures and the Leitch went by, I crossed the bridge and started to write this. Above you see the symbols, thanks to Dale, of my victory, the work of my iPhone. Now I just have to remember to get my finger away from the lens when I take an iphone picture.

World War II veteran visits Duluth

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 leeatregarticalfromjuly12015The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth this morning (July 1, 2015) on her 6th visit this season. She was here 22 times last season; she has been here 164 times since 1996, when I first started to keep records for Twin Ports arrivals and departures.
2015-0701-1993She is one of the most interesting  boats we see here; she won battle ribbons in the Second World War (click to enlarge the image to the right) and keeps steaming forward. She caused me a little trouble this morning since she was scheduled to arrive about the time I am distributing my daily copy of the Duluth Shipping News and with this boat, I want to alert visitors to her significance  which  means I had to write and print the newsletter much earlier and faster than usual. Happily, I finished and ran out to hand deliver sheets before filling my distribution boxes and take some pictures. Read more about her by clicking on the piece of this morning’s paper I clipped (above) or go to her web page where you can also find other pages I have created over the years about this beautiful boat.

HHL Volga brings more wind turbine blades to Duluth

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After half a day at the outside anchorage, the HHL Volga came in Sunday afternoon, June 28, 2015, with a cargo of wind turbine blades she will begin discharging on Monday morning. She is the former Beluga Family when she was operated by Beluga Shipping in Bremen, Germany. After Beluga went bankrupt, the ship was purchased by Hansa Heavy Lift, also in Bremen. Although many Beluga ships have been to Duluth before, this will be the first visit for this ship. This is, I think, the 3rd shipment of wind turbine pieces to come to Duluth this season. There are more coming.

Friday night, let’s have a party

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The salt water vessel Eider (the green one) came into port on June 16th to discharge a lot of pipe at the Port Terminal. Eleven days later (June 26, 2015), they are still here. Maybe they decided to test out Duluth night life and invite a few new friends over. The Great Republic (in the middle) and the James R. Barker (in back) arrived on time, but it appears the Barker had to leave early; must be another party in Superior.

Paul R brings Detroit Free Press to Duluth

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 9:00. Jim Schaefer, reporter for the paper, was streaming the arrival live via Periscope from his cell phone. My guess is, this is the first live video from a boat coming under the Bridge. Periscope is a program recently published by Google that allows live streaming via cell phone, which is to say we now all have  television stations in our pocket. And I thought the World Wide Web was impressive. This may be the best way to follow the trip, or, if they are leaving the boat here, to see their past videos of the trip. https://twitter.com/DetroitReporter
and follow Jim on Twitter: @DetroitReporter where you will be notified when he goes live; at least a couple times yet today. Only 3  problems; like a lot of new cell phone camera persons, it is a little bumpy and Periscope has not yet learn how to do landscape. And worst of all, Jim calls those of us watching from the dock, Freighter Watchers. I have informed him, via Twitter, that we are Boatwatchers.

Duluth/Superior, an International port

Two ships: Whistler and Eider, 5 countries: US, Greece, Venezuela, Hong Kong (China), Algeria and 3 states: Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota, at least
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In the top picture, the Whistler is leaving Duluth on Thursday evening, June 18, 2015, after loading durum wheat at the CHS terminal in Superior. She arrived on June 13 and dropped her anchor while she waited for the Drawsko to finish loading spring wheat. On Monday evening (June 15, 2015), the Whistler came in as the Drawsko was departing for Venezuela and took her place at CHS. The Whistler began her trip to the Twin Ports after discharging cargo in Houston in early April. She loaded durum wheat here that she is now taking to Algeria. Because of the ice, ocean going ships cannot come to Duluth or enter the St. Lawrence Seaway from mid-December to mid-March. During our winter, many of those ships load the same grain they load here in ports in the Southern United States, brought down the Mississippi River by barge from Midwestern farms. The Whistler is such a ship.
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Wow, Burns Harbor visits Duluth

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On June 13, 2015, the Burns Harbor made a surprise (at least to me) visit to the Duluth ship canal, coming in around 5:30 in the afternoon. Most of the time, she comes in using the Superior entry since she loads iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock just inside the entry. I think she needed fuel and is at the Calumet fuel dock in Duluth. And the brand new CSL St-Laurent is at the BN dock now (6:00 pm).
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Block departs Duluth

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The Joseph L. Block departed Duluth on Monday afternoon, June 8, 2015 after discharging a limestone cargo at Graymont. She is going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This was her 4th trip to Duluth Superior this season; she was here 15 times last year.

Science Friday at the Duluth ship canal

2015-0605-1734The Blue Heron returned home this afternoon (June 5, 2015) after a six day research trip to recover and redeploy a set of scientific moorings deployed throughout Lake Superior.  Moorings collect data that are used to study lake water warming and  changing ice conditions on the lake and to study internal waves in Lake Superior.
The Blue Heron is owned by the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota at Duluth and is often on the lake working with water quality issues, fish populations and the geo physical structure of Lake Superior.
She is the largest university-owned research vessel in the Great Lakes. Built in 1985 for fishing on the Grand Banks, the Blue Heron was purchased by the University of Minnesota in 1997. She sailed from Portland, Maine, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Duluth, and was converted into a limnological research vessel during the winter of 1997-98. She is outfitted with state-of-the-art research equipment.
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The Blue Heron has berthing for 9 crew and scientists, and can operate 24 hours per day for up to 14 days in between port calls. She is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), and is available for charter by research scientists on any of the Great Lakes. She served in the Grand Banks fishing fleet until the federal government bought the vessel through an incentive program to protect the depleted fishery.
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Clipper Makiri arrives Duluth with blades

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The Clipper Makiri arrived Sunday night at 11:41 with wind turbine blades she loaded in China and some machinery she picked up in Thailand. This is her first trip to the Twin Ports. She was built in 1999 as the Makiri Green. She then sailed as the Sloman Server until 2012 when she became the Mikiri Green again. Her name was recently changed to Clipper Makiri. She was a member of the Dutch shipping company Green Fleet and still sailing with her green colors. Many Green Fleet ships have visited Duluth in the past, although this is the first trip here for the Clipper Makiri.

New dock groundbreaking set for May 27, 2015

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Port of Duluth Intermodal Project which will feature a complete rebuild of docks C & D. The area has been cleaned up over the last 20 years and today, it is ready to go (just below). (all photos courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority)
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Below, a Port Authority graphic outlines the improvements to be made. At the upper left, you see the gantry cranes in operation as they have since they were built in 1959, the year the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway opened the port of Duluth to the rest of the world.
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And speaking of 1959, the picture below shows the same area as it looked in 1959. Notice more ships in port than we usually see but much smaller ships.
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One of the first jobs in clearing away the old for the new was the demolition of the exiting structures, no longer in use. That was in 1997.
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Below, as she looked a few years ago. Notice the area that will be developed  was used as a holding area for cargo shipped to Duluth by boat but not yet  delivered, by truck, to the customer. Most of the cargo in the lay down area were wind turbine parts.
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Twenty years old: Duluth Shipping News

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I started my 20th year publishing the daily summer edition of the Duluth Shipping News today (Friday, May 22, 2015). Click to see a PDF. For more information about Duluth Shipping News, go here.

Dool today, Fraserborg yesterday

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The Tim S. Dool came in this afternoon (May 20, 2015) with cement to discharge at the Holcim dock in Duluth. Yesterday, the Dutch flagged Fraserborg arrived (below) to load grain. The Fraserborg is making her third trip here; she was here twice in 2011. The Dool was here many times as the Algoville; she was renamed to the Tim S. Dool in 2008 after Dool retired from his position as President and CEO of Algoma Central Corp. Since then she has made 11 trips to the Twin Ports.
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