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listenwhistlebarblue-2 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, she brought a cargo of salt to discharge before she loaded the pellets.
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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 wind turbine parts to discharge at the Port Terminal. After a short wait at anchor, she followed the Presque Isle in. Built in 2011, the HHL Congo was here twice in 2012 with no trips last season. This is her first trip this season. The Presque Isle is making her 5th appearance this year; she was here 12 times last season.
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listenwhistlebarblue-2 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 or the CN dock in West Duluth. She was only here 5 times last season. Here she is departing on Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

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listenwhistlebarblue-2The 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 American Integrity.

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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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Read about the Reggeborg from an expert

July 7, 2014

Captain Ed Montgomery shared the following thoughts with me and I share them with you. Ed owns Sea Service, L.L.C. and operates the Pilot Boat that is often seen going out to ships at anchor. Words are his; Pictures are mine as she came into port this afternoon (July 7, 2014) (Click pics for larger […]

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The day after the fireworks in Duluth

July 5, 2014

Early in the morning, after the fireworks on the 4th, the harbor was full of activity. Above, the Algosteel came in for iron ore pellets at CN Duluth yesterday afternoon. At 9:20 this morning, she is passing the James R. Barker on her way out of the port. The Barker arrived an hour earlier and […]

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Getting grain and iron ore pellets on a Sunday evening in Duluth

June 29, 2014

After a week at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Raba came in on Sunday evening, June 29, 2014 and with the assistance of 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs, went over to the CHS dock in Superior to load grain. Earlier, the Mesabi Miner arrived and is here taking on fuel at the Calumet Fuel […]

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2 red and white; a US and Canadian flag

June 25, 2014

The Edgar B. Speer arrived today for her first trip to the Twin Ports this season, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 8:16 this morning (June 25, 2014). She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth after she takes on fuel at the Calumet Fuel Dock at […]

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Not too many boats, but 4 horses

June 19, 2014

The Duluth Police Mounted Patrol is back in business and out on patrol. Here they are working the sidewalk in front of the World Headquarters of the Duluth Shipping News, next to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

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Federal Mattawa crew to walk on solid ground

June 10, 2014

The Federal Mattawa has been at anchor off the Duluth piers since May 19th. She finally came into port to load grain on Tuesday evening, June 10, 2014. For more information about her long wait, go here.

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Arthur M. Anderson whistles

June 9, 2014

When the Arthur M. Anderson went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on June 9, 2014, she gave the customary salute. Listen to it here. Photo above taken June 8, 2012

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Federal Mattawa, why so long!

June 8, 2014

The Federal Mattawa has been at anchor off the Duluth piers since May 19th. With all other salt water vessels at the start of the season, she was delayed by ice and a pilot shortage when the season first began. She arrived in Montreal at the beginning of the St. Lawrence Seaway system on April […]

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