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The Great Lakes Towing tug Missouri brought the tugs Indiana and Arkansas into port yesterday to replace the tugs North Dakota and Kentucky. Today (October 18, 2014), she departed with the Kentucky and the North Dakota, two tugs that take with them a lot of harbor history guiding salt water ships as well as thousand footers around the port and  breaking ice in the harbor for all who needed a clear path.
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New tugs for old tugs

October 17, 2014 · 6 comments

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We started the day (Friday, October 17, 2014) with 4 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the Minnesota, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Dakota tied up at  their dock in Duluth. By noon, the tugs Indiana and Arkansas  had joined the lineup replacing the Kentucky and North Dakota. Above, the Indiana (2nd from left) and Arkansas (third from left) had joined the lineup.
That’s the Kentucky still tied up on the left; she will be leaving and the North Carolina is at the head of the line here. She will be staying along with the Minnesota. Below, the tug Missouri pulled the Arkansas and Indiana under the Lift Bridge this morning.
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Above, the Missouri (left) is still pulling the Arkansas and the Indiana while the
North Dakota and Minnesota are behind them.
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Below, they break up while they get the new tugs tied up at the dock, one at a time. The Minnesota is bringing the Indiana in first.
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New tugs for the port.

October 16, 2014 · 1 comment

The Kentucky and the North Dakota will be replaced by the Arkansas and Indiana. They should be here between 10 am and 2 pm Friday (October 17, 2014).

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For more information about the Ruddy and this visit, go here.

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Ruddy makes 2nd trip to Duluth

October 13, 2014

The Ruddy came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge around 4 am today (October 13, 2014). This is her 2nd trip here, her first came on September 16, 2012 when she loaded grain at CHS. Today, she is loading grain at Riverland Ag, formerly the Cargill elevator. She is under contract to Canfornav. We see […]

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Federal Yukon departs Duluth

October 8, 2014

The Federal Yukon departed Duluth late afternoon on October 8, 2014 with a cargo of grain loaded at CHS. This was her 9th trip here since she was built in 2000.

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Baie St. Paul arrived under Lift Bridge

October 6, 2014

Baie St. Paul arrived Duluth on October 6, 2014 for her 8th trip here this season. She will load 32,000 tons of coal for Quebec.

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Alder and Tregurtha come into Duluth

October 2, 2014

Late in the afternoon of October 2, 2014, the Coast Guard cutter Alder came in under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Half an hour later, the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived on her way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal.

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Watch the Clarke leave on October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

After discharging a cargo of limestone at the Hallett #5 dock, and fueling at the Calumet Fuel Dock, the Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth for Two Harbors where she will load iron ore pellets.

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Julie and Paul came back for a visit today

September 26, 2014

My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, was back in town today (Friday, September 26, 2014) with the Martin and took these pictures as they arrived under the Lift Bridge on their way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal.

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Paul R not in a good place

September 20, 2014

“She’s definitely moving” from the tug/boat radio at 6:15 pm 6:18; “just swing a little, not so much moving away” See Coast Guard statement below 6:29 big storm approaching tug Kentucky at her bow; tug Minnesota on the stern 7:00 She is free and on her way to tie up at the Port Terminal Coast […]

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Nancy J. is number 4

September 18, 2014

Heritage Marine brought their 4th tug, the Nancy J., into Duluth on September 18, 2014, finishing a long trip that started in Texas. DSN ace photographer Holly took these pictures while Heritage Marine owner Mike Ojard filled in our ace reporter with all the details.

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Merwedegracht arrives with the surf

September 10, 2014

The Merwedegracht arrived Duluth at 9 am, September 10, 2014 with wind turbine pieces to discharge at the Port Terminal. Just after the Merwedegracht cleared the Lift Bridge, the local pilot boat, Sea Bear, approached the ship, and the ladder that had been dropped from the deck. The ship was taking a second pilot for […]

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Calumet here with salt

September 6, 2014

The Calumet came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 with a cargo of salt to discharge at the Hallett #8. This is her first visit here this season; she was here twice last year; loading iron ore pellets on each trip; she brought salt in on her September 23rd […]

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Baie Comeau outbound with coal

September 5, 2014

The Baie Comeau departed Duluth on Friday evening, September 5th, 2014 with 32,000 tons of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources for delivery to Quebec where it will be offloaded into a larger, ocean going vessel for delivery to Europe. Click above to hear her salute us.

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Volgaborg arrives Duluth for 5th trip

August 31, 2014

The Dutch flagged Volgaborg arrived Duluth on August 31, 2014 on her way to load grain at Gavilon in Superior while the Vista Queen passed behind her. The Volgaborg was built in 2013 and made 3 trips here that first year. She loaded beet pulp pellets at GM, on her first trip last summer, bentonite […]

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Peter R. Cresswell blows her horn

August 27, 2014

The Peter R. Cresswell arrived Duluth at 4:40 on Wednesday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is her 4th trip here this season. On all those trips, she loaded iron ore pellets, the first 3 at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. On one of the trips, […]

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Presque Isle, then the HHL Congo

August 25, 2014

  After days of rain and fog, Monday morning dawned with fog but no rain and by late morning, not much fog. Time to reward the visitors to the Duluth ship canal with a 2-fer. The Presque Isle was first, in the center background, followed by the HHL Congo which had arrived over night with […]

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CSL Tadoussac departs with pellets

August 21, 2014

After a short wait at the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, the CSL Tadoussac came in to port (August 20, 2014) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 10th trip here this season, always loading iron ore pellets at either the Burlington Northern dock in Superior […]

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American Integrity says hello

August 15, 2014

The American Integrity arrived this morning (August 15, 2014) at 4:09 to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe.  The American Century arrived at 1:50 this afternoon. She will load the same amount of coal at Midwest Energy and take it to the same destinations as the […]

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Speer pays a visit to Duluth

August 14, 2014

After delivering iron ore pellets from Two Harbors to Gary, Indiana, the Edgar B. Speer returned to the Twin Ports on August 14, 2014 to get fuel and then load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. This is only her second trip to the Twin Ports this season. On her first trip, […]

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Duluth Shipping News on the air

August 12, 2014

Dana Thayer, at Fox 21 in Duluth, was going to come down to the World Headquarters of the Duluth Shipping News on Monday (August 11, 2014) and interview me for her show, Sunrise at Seven) but the CSL Assiniboine decided to depart backwards, and I could not afford to miss such an event right outside […]

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Backwards under the Duluth Lift Bridge

August 11, 2014

  The CSL Assiniboine went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (August 11, 2014)backwards. Such a thing is not easy to surmise from the photo above but have you ever seen the Lift Bridge down with a boat in the ship canal going forwards. Either way, check out the video above.

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Fortunagracht comes to Duluth

August 4, 2014

It is nice to have the Fortunagracht here to discharge wind turbine pieces but other ships have done that. Earlier this year, she made Great Lakes history when she was the first ship to deliver containerized cargo to Cleveland for the new service, Cleveland-Europe Express. From Crain’s Cleveland Business: The Fortunagracht arrived in Cleveland late […]

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Tug barge brings cement to Duluth

August 1, 2014

The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity into the Duluth harbor on Friday morning, August 1, 2014. Owned by LaFarge North America, they  brought cement to the company’s cement dock in Superior. This is the tug/barge’s first trip here this season; they were last here in 2012 when they made 3 trips to […]

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