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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julieonmartin_20140926_125337My 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.


Paul R not in a good place

September 20, 2014 · 13 comments

“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 Guard responds to Paul R. Tregurtha grounding
DULUTH, MN – Coast Guard marine safety unit (MSU) Duluth is responding to the U.S. laker Paul R. Tregurtha which ran aground near the Duluth-Superior harbor entrance off of the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN at approximately 3:20 P.M. on September 20, 2014. The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and will board the vessel to determine the cause of the grounding and inspect if any damage occurred. There are currently no reports of injury or signs of pollution at this time. The cause of the grounding is currently unknown and will not be released until the investigation is complete.
The Paul R. Tregurtha, trying to depart the Duluth harbor, did not negotiate the turn toward the Aerial Lift Bridge. These pictures were taken about 4 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014. She went aground sometime in the hour before the pictures were taken.


Nancy J. is number 4

September 18, 2014 · 4 comments

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.


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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Three boats at the end of the day

July 30, 2014

The Heloise came in from the anchorage at 6:30 in the evening of July 30, 2014. Right behind her, fishing boats were going home for the day while the tug Kentucky gave an assist to the Heloise as she made her way over to CHS 1 to load grain.

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Sea Bear in Duluth in the morning

July 25, 2014

When the boat traffic is down, it is great to have a friend like John Zywicki who has a keen eye for beautiful pictures. Here, on July 23, 2014, he was standing behind the pilot boat, Sea Bear, operated by Sea Service, LLC in Superior. That’s the General Mills A mill on the left. The […]

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Cedarglen makes some noise

July 19, 2014

The Cedarglen came into port on Saturday, July 19, 2014 and blew her whistle to the delight of all but two visitors, seen above. After that she went over to the CN dock to load sinter, which is, according to Wikipedia, “Sinter plants agglomerate iron ore fines (dust) with other fine materials at high temperature, […]

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Defiance pushes an Ashtabula full of coke breeze into Duluth

July 18, 2014

The tug Defiance pushed the barge Ashtabula into the Duluth harbor on Friday, July 18, 2014. She is bringing in coke breeze to discharge at Hallett #8 in Superior. When that is done, she will cross the St. Louis River and load iron nuggets at the Hallett #5 dock in Duluth.

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Algoma Montrealais here for 2nd time this year

July 15, 2014

The Algoma Montrealais makes her turn into the Duluth harbor after coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014. On this her second trip here this season, she brought cement to the Holcim dock. She was here 14 times last season; 8 times she brought cement; on the other trips […]

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Peter Rönna here with wind turbine parts

July 14, 2014

The Peter Rönna arrived this morning (above) on her first visit to the Twin Ports. She brought the 15th shipment of wind turbine parts to come here by ship for Minnesota Power. They loaded the cargo in Brande, Denmark, where the equipment is manufactured by Siemens. After the equipment is discharged here, trucks will take […]

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Capt. Henry Jackman here with salt

July 10, 2014

The Capt. Henry Jackman came into port last night (July 9. 2014) at 10:41 with salt to discharge at the North American Salt Company in Duluth (above). She then loaded iron ore pellets at BN in Superior. This was her 5th trip here this season; she was here only twice last year and once in […]

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More on the Reggeborg

July 8, 2014

Wagenborg Shipping in The Netherlands sent the picture above showing her launching on December 18, 2013 and the additional information below. On February 14th 2014, Shipyard Ferus Smit delivered the m.v. “Reggeborg” (yard number 404), which was christened and named on 18 December, 2013 by Mrs Marieke Reehoorn-Geerdink, to Royal Wagenborg.Over a timeframe of sixty […]

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