Archives for April 2006

Pontoporos here for durum wheat

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The Pontoporos came into port a little after midnight on Saturday morning. It is loading durum wheat for Algeria and should be departing for there this evening. The ship was built in 1984 in Osaka, Japan and is owned by Ocean Freighters of Piraeus, Greece. Before coming to Duluth, the ship discharged cargo in Burns Harbor and Cleveland. It has only been here 4 times since 1996. Above it is entering the Duluth harbor during a visit in September, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/30/2006

Canadian Enterprise here to load coal

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The Canadian Enterprise is due here today to load low sulfur western coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. The Enterprise was built in 1979, along with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport, to do just that. They still work that trade, taking coal loaded at Midwest Energy to Ontario Power in Nanticoke. The Canadian Transport will be here next week to take her turn. Above, the Enterprise comes into the Duluth harbor in the summer of 2004 while hundreds of visitors look on.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/29/2006

Mesabi Miner

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There should be a lot of ship traffic today in the Twin Ports with a variety of ships likely to drop anchor off the Duluth piers while they wait for their berth. After discharging cargo in Oshawa and Windsor, both in Ontario, the Yick Hua will be here today for the first time since September, 2003. It will likely drop anchor off the Duluth piers very early in the morning and then come in late afternoon after the Chios Pride departs the berth at the CHS grain terminal in Superior. The Yick Hua may be joined at anchor in the morning by the Mesabi Miner, seen above departing Duluth on May 29th, 2002. It will be following the Oglebay Norton loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/28/2006

Chios Pride here for grain

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The Chios Pride will arrive in the Twin Ports today to load grain. It may drop anchor around noon and wait for a berth to clear later in the afternoon. It has only been here 11 times since 1996, and not since December 10th, 2004. Above, it is entering the Duluth harbor in July, 2001. There will be a lot of coal departing today and some taconite, bentonite, flax and peas. In return, we will pick up limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/27/2006

Canadian Progress for coal

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The Canadian Progress (now Algoma Progress) will be here today for the 2nd time this year. Like the first trip in late March, they will be loading about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal brought in by train from Wyoming and Montana. The Progress was here 12 times last year, loading the same cargo. They will carry the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian Progress was built in 1968. The name comes from the Canadian 1967 centennial year motto, “A Century of Progress”. There will be a lot of activity at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior, and the Progress, as several others, may find itself waiting its turn while at anchor off the Duluth piers.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/26/2006

Federal Margaree due here to load bentonite

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After making stops in Toronto and Hamilton, the Federal Margaree is due here this morning to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock. It will then move over to the AGP elevator to load flax and peas. Built in China in 2005, the ship made two visits here last year. It will depart Duluth later in the week for the city of Ghent in Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/25/2006

Reserve finally leaves

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Two vessels that have been waiting to move will finally be sailing today. The Reserve came in for winter layup on Janaury 12th. In early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. It should depart Duluth sometime today for Silver Bay. The Olympic Mentor has been at anchor for the past weekend but should be in early this morning to begin loading spring wheat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/24/2006

Olympic Mentor to come in from anchor

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The Olympic Mentor is at anchor off the Duluth piers and will likely come into port to load spring wheat on Monday. Above, it is entering the harbor with a tug assist in August, 2003. On that visit, the ship had a crew of 24, 10 from Honduras, one from Russia and the rest from Greece. The ship is owned by a Greek company operating from Monte Carlo. It flies a Greek flag.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/23/2006

Kaye E. Barker here on Sunday

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The Kaye E. Barker started life as the Edward B. Greene, sailing for Cleveland Cliffs. It was also operated by Ford as the Benson Ford. In 1989, Ford got out of the shipping business and it was sold to the current owner, Interlake Steamship Company. The boat is named after the wife of James R. Barker, Interlake Chairman of the Board. He also has a boat named after him that visits the Twin Ports regularly. It will be here on Sunday loading taconite at the CN Dock, formerly known as the DM&IR Dock. Today the Kaye E. Barker will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, just across the river.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/22/2006

John B. Aird makes first trip of year

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The John B. Aird made 9 trips here last year. Today, the Canadian flagged laker will be here for the first time this season. With 5 boats here today to load coal at one dock, the Aird, like some of the others, may have to drop anchor off the Duluth piers and wait its turn. The John B. Aird was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The two pieces were joined at the Port Arthur shipyard in Thunder Bay. The Aird is 730 feet long and has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Above, the Aird made its final visit last season on January 12th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/21/2006

Adam E. Cornelius loading taconite

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It will be a busy day in the port today. We have four thousand footers loading coal, four boats loading taconite, and four loading grain. One, the Winona, is in port waiting to load grain after discharging steel coils. The Adam E. Cornelius will be here to load taconite. Built as the Roger M. Kyes, it became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989 and was chartered to Inland Steel for many years. Since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/20/2006