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

Stellaprima travels the world

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Fairlane cargo moved by rail

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The last of the very heavy pieces brought into port by the heavy lift ship, Fairlane, and discharged onto rail cars, was moved away from the dock at the Port Terminal on Friday morning to make way for the heavy lift ship Stellaprima. The Fairlane then departed Duluth while the Stellaprima, that had arrived Thursday evening, moved in to begin discharging its cargo. Both cargoes are destined for large oil sands projects in Alberta.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2005

H. Lee White nears Aerial Lift Bridge

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The H. Lee White will be here today for the 7th time this season. It brought limestone in and/or loaded taconite for lower lakes ports on the first 5 trips. It will load coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee on this trip as it did on the last trip here on September 30th. Photo taken October 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2005

Fairlane brings big stuff

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A double stacked exchanger was taken off the heavy lift ship Fairlane on Tuesday afternoon at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal. It is one of many very large pieces that will be discharged from this ship and the soon to arrive Stellaprima. This piece was placed on a rail car next to the ship and is part of a train that will move the pieces up to Northern Alberta.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2005

Munson brings ice

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The John G. Munson will be here today to discharge limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After completing the discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Munson will depart Duluth to load taconite at Two Harbors. Above, the Munson arriving Duluth on Christmas Eve, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2005

American Republic rare visit

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The seldom seen American Republic will be here today to load coal for Ashland, Wisconsin. It was here in October to load taconite and before that, it was only here for 5 trips in 2002 since at least 1996. It was built specifically to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio, 35 miles up Lake Erie to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to the LTV Steel plant.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2005

Reserve winter layup

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The Reserve spent the winter here (above) but has only come back 6 times. Today, it will be here to discharge limestone on its 7th trip. But it has been busy. Beside the Twin Ports, the Reserve has visited Calcite, Ashtabula, Alpena, Cleveland, Lorain, Two Harbors, Ontonogon, Munising, Silver Bay, Gary, Indiana Harbor, Marquette and Toledo. On most of those trips, it has carried limestone or taconite. Photo taken February 15, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2005

St. Clair with North Pier Light

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There are many ways to describe a Great Lakes Freighter. Here is one: The St. Clair is powered by three 3500 HP General Motors, 20 cylinder, two stroke cycle, single acting diesel engines built in La Grange, Illinois. The boat is driven through a Falk single reduction gear box to a controllable pitch propeller, with a top speed of 14.5 knots or 16.7 mph. For cargo discharge, a twin conveyor system below the cargo holds transports the cargo to an inclined conveyor belt that elevates the cargo to a deck-mounted boom conveyor. For maneuvering in port the vessel is equipped with 1,000 HP bow and stern thrusters.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2005

Courtney Burton

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The Courtney Burton was laid up for two years in Toledo but came out last year to carry wheat from the Twin Ports to Buffalo, replacing the Joseph H. Frantz and Kinsman boats on that route. It is making its 17th trip of the year to the Twin Ports today. The first 4 trips saw it loading wheat for Buffalo, but that changed to loading taconite during the summer months. With the fall harvest under way, the Burton has loaded wheat for the last 6 trips and will do so today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2005

Isolda passes North Pier Light

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The Isolda is making its 17th trip to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1999. It is owned by the Polish Steamship Company located in the port of Szczecin, Poland. It will be loading spring wheat and peas to take to Spain. Photo taken October 15, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2005

McCarthy turning toward bridge

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Weather, primarily wind, has slowed ship traffic on all the upper Great Lakes. It looks like the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should have made it in last evening. After loading coal for Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan, it should depart for Detroit sometime today. The Global Carrier is due here for the first time around noon today. It will be carrying another load of windmill parts, this trip only the base of the windmills, and not the more interesting blades. Above, the McCarthy departs Duluth on a warmer, quieter day this past summer.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2005

Federal Saguenay gets paint

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Wherever you find sailors on a ship, you find painters, especially on salt water ships that come to Duluth. Their hulls get a double dose since they also have to go through a lot of very narrow locks between here and the Atlantic Ocean, narrow enough that banging against the side of the lock is a normal part of the process of going through them. Painting is also a ‘favorite’ pastime of sailors on the ships that anchor off the Duluth piers. In August, the Federal Saguenay was here and two crew members were painting the side of the very red ship with their very long paint brushes. Hopefully, some of that paint is still on the ship after 3 more months of salt water and Great Lakes locks.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2005

Alpena returns to Duluth

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After spending about a month undergoing repairs in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Alpena is back in the cement delivery business. The last visit here for the Alpena was on October 1st. The JAW Iglehart made several trips here in place of the Alpena. This will be its 16th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2005

Barker enters Duluth ship canal

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The James R. Barker will be here today for the 26th time this season. About half those trips were to load taconite. The other times, as today, it loaded coal. Today’s coal will go to Taconite Harbor. Built in 1976, the Barker was the third thousand footer to sail on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2005

German owned Katja

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The German owned Katja arrived here on April 17 this year to discharge steel coils and then load grain. It will be here today to do the same thing. Built in 2000, these trips are the first to the Twin Ports for the 424 foot vessel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2005

Presque Isle bringing limestone

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The tug-barge combination Presque Isle loaded limestone at Port Dolomite, Michigan and should be here today to discharge that cargo. It will then move over to Two Harbors to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. The tug part of the Presque Isle fits into a notch in the barge section. Together, it is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today. Above picture taken during winter layup in Duluth in March, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2005

Philip R. Clarke

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The Philip R. Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are referred to as the AAA class vessels. Several major structural changes over the years, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat, have kept the Clarke operating on the Great Lakes. The Clarke will be here to discharge limestone it loaded at Calcite, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2005

McCarthy loading coal

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Like most days here, a lot of coal will be going under the Bridge today. One Canadian boat and two US thousand footers will be here loading coal. The Algolake left yesterday to take coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. The Canadian Enterprise followed it in and should have left early this morning with coal for the same destination as will the US thousand footer Columbia Star later today. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here around noon and will leave late this evening with 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. Above, the ship loader at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior pours coal into a cargo hold on the McCarthy last November.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-02-2005

Canadian Olympic departs Duluth

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After waiting at anchor last night for the Oglebay Norton to complete loading coal in Superior, the Canadian Olympic will be in to load about 30,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy. That cargo will be taken to Nanticoke, Ontario. The boat was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. That was the same year the Olympics were held in Montreal, providing the boat with its last name. This is the 8th trip to the Twin Ports this year for the boat, all but one loading coal. It loaded one cargo of taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2005