Archives for November 2005

Utviken loads wheat for Italy

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The Utviken, built in Spain in 1984, will be here to load grain. The ship will likely go to anchor waiting for a dock. This is its 3rd trip here this season. It was the first salt water ship of this shipping season, arriving on April 11 to load about 18,000 metric tons of wheat for Italy (above). It was back again on September 20th. We should see quite a few ships at anchor in the next 2 weeks since shippers are rushing to get their last loads out of the Great Lakes before the winter ice sets in.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2005

Michipicoten here for taconite

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The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until April, 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed the Michipicoten. This is the boat’s 8th trip here this season. As today, it loaded taconite on the first 7.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2005

Spar Opal will take grain

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The Spar Opal is a Norwegian ship here loading grain. The ship started life in 1984 as the Lake Shidaka. It has also been called the Consensus Atlantic and the Federal Matane. In 1991, it became the Spar Opal. You can still see the imprinting on the hull of the ship’s first name from 1984. Or at least you could when the picture above was taken in 1999 while it was at anchor off the Duluth piers. This is only its 7th visit here since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2005

Atlantic Huron enters Duluth

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The Atlantic Huron should be here today to load grain. When built in 1984, it was called the Prairie Harvest. The present name came in 1989. It sailed as the Melvin H. Baker from 1994 until 1998 when it again became the Atlantic Huron. The name reflects the boat’s ability to venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, a place most lake boats never visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2005

BBC England loads grain

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We had 7 visits this year by ships with names starting with BBC, indicating ownership by BBC Chartering & Logistics in Leer, Germany. The BBC England will be here today to load grain, the first of the ships to make a repeat visit. The last BBC ship here was the BBC Russia, arriving on September 10th. The BBC France and the BBC Shanghai brought wind turbine parts while the BBC Germany loaded bentonite. The others loaded grain. Photo taken May 1, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2005