Archives for October 2004


The Algocen will be here today with a load of cement that it will discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. Above, it was doing the same when it was here in April, 2003. The Algocen loaded the cement in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. It is usually about a 4 day trip from there to Duluth. Photo taken on April 15, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2004

Middletown subs for trucks

Earlier this week, a saltie became a laker while in the Twin Ports. Today, a laker goes local for a day. The Middletown will come in to the Cutler Stone Dock in Superior to discharge limestone, then go over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 12,000 tons of coal to take back to the Cutler dock. It seems a short distance to take so much coal but it would have taken 480 trucks loading 25 tons each to do the same job.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2004

Edwin H. Gott got taconite

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The Edwin H. Gott has been loading taconite at Two Harbors, Burlington Northern (Superior) and the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth this season. It has taken those cargos to a variety of ports on the southern shores of the Great Lakes where they are used to make steel. Some of the ports are Gary in Indiana and Ashtabula and Conneaut in Ohio. It is here today for the 10th time this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2004

Spruceglen is saltie/laker

The Spruceglen came into port as a saltie, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with steel coils loaded in Antwerp, Belgium and discharged in Cleveland and Duluth. It should leave the port today with grain. The Canadian owned and crewed boat will be a laker over the next two months, with several cargos planned between US and Canadian ports. It may take a load of taconite pellets to China at the end of the season and then go into dry dock in China for a five year checkup. That would give the Canadian crew about a 3-week stay in China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2004

Pilica is Malta flagged

After discharging cargo in Cleveland, the Polish built, crewed and owned Pilica set out for Duluth. It is expected here this evening to load grain. This will be the 6th trip the ship has made to the Twin Ports since it was launched in 1999. It is very computer controlled, running an unattended engine room, except during the day. Photo taken July 23, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2004

Reserve shuttles cargo all around

The Reserve has been moving coal, taconite and limestone between Marquette, Calcite, St Clair, Muskegon, Detroit, Cedarville and Escanaba in Michigan, Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior in Minnesota (and Wisconsin), and Lorain, Toledo, Cleveland and Ashtabula in Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2004