Archives for November 2005

Utviken loads wheat for Italy

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

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

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

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

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

Stellaprima travels the world

The Stellaprima arrived in the Twin Ports with more than 9.6 million pounds of cargo to be taken by rail to Alberta. The ship started picking up the cargo in Japan, making stops in Malaysia, India, Italy and the Netherlands along the way. They completed discharging that cargo on Wednesday (above). This morning, it departs Duluth for Norfolk, Virginia to load machinery for power plants in Nigeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2005

Schnabel gobble

There is a lot of activity today in the port; too bad for US sailors on a holiday but good for visiting relatives in Duluth. The last of the Canada bound cargo from the Dutch flagged ship Stellaprima was discharged last evening. It will soon be loaded onto the waiting US owned and operated Westinghouse 36-axle Schnabel car, the largest rail car in the world. Above, William Bingman, the Schnabelmeister, (upper left) looks carefully at the cargo he will soon take to Alberta. Today, the only sound from the Port Terminal is a Schnabel gobble.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2005

Frontenac in Duluth ship canal

The Frontenac is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec. This is the 15th trip here for the boat; each time it loaded taconite, usually at Burlington Northern. It may come in the Duluth entry today to take on fuel before moving over to the BN.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2005

Stellaprima to Schnabel

It takes a lot of experts (above) to prepare to discharge a thick walled high pressure vessel for the refining industry, one of the largest pieces of equipment to ever move out of the port, from the heavy lift ship Stellaprima onto the 36-axle Schnabel car, the world’s largest capacity railcar. Above, the experts worked out the plans at the Port Authority on Monday. Today, they move the big red Schnabel car over next to the Stellaprima to begin the complicated process.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2005

Indiana Harbor has season of coal

The Indiana Harbor will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. In past years, the boat has carried both taconite and coal however it has loaded coal on all 33 times it has been to the Twin Ports this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2005

Stellaprima is Jumbo

The Stellaprima, owned by Jumbo in the Netherlands, is still discharging very large pieces of equipment to transport to Alberta by rail. Leon Streur, at left, Cargo Superintendent for Jumbo, has watched over the cargo as pieces were first loaded in Japan, then Malaysia, Venice, Sardinia, and Rotterdam. Gary Bennett (center), Clearance Manager for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, is here from Fort Worth to oversee the cargo as it is loaded onto railcars. Streur and Bennett arrived in Duluth by plane. At right, Stellaprima Captain A. G. van Koldam, from the Netherlands, came on board in Sri Lanka to guide the ship and its cargo to Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2005