Archives for April 2006

Pontoporos here for durum wheat

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

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

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.
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Chios Pride here for grain

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

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

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

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

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.
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Kaye E. Barker here on Sunday

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

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

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

Yarmouth loads wheat

The Yarmouth (now the San Teodoro) is currently loading wheat in Superior. The ship was built in 1985 and has been here 7 times since 1996. It came here once as the Federal Oslo in 2000, and since then as the Yarmouth. It will likely depart Duluth sometime this afternoon, taking the cargo to Tunisia, a country in north Africa, with port cities on the Mediterranean Sea. The Mesabi Miner was loading coal for Presque Isle, Michigan and has probably departed the port, leaving the coal dock open for the Paul R. Tregurtha, expected in this afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/19/2006

Catching up on the Algolake

At 23 years of age, Algolake 3rd mate Audrey Tremblay is starting her second year on the Great Lakes. She served on both the John B. Aird and the Algocape last year. From her hometown of Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, she went to L’Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) for her officer training. While the Algolake was in port last Sunday loading coal, she caught up on her online reading in the boat’s pilot house (above), in this case, the Duluth Shipping News. Audrey and the Algolake departed Duluth late Sunday for Nanticoke, discharging coal there at Ontario Power. From there, they sailed for Conneaut, Ohio, loading coal for the Lambton Hydro Generating Station in Courtright, Ontario. They then departed light for Duluth Superior to load another cargo of coal for Nanticoke. They should be arriving here sometime this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/18/2006

Winona here

A ship called the Vermontborg was built in Romania in 2003. In early January, 2004, it was being towed to the Netherlands to go into service when the tow line broke. The ship was grounded on rocks off an English island called Guernsey, in the English Channel just off the coast of France. Freed 15 days later, it was brought to a shipyard in the Netherlands but was sold to a German company and renamed the Winona. The Winona will be here today to discharge steel coils before loading grain for Europe. The Winona made two trips here last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/17/2006

Mandarin to Duluth

The Mandarin should be here this afternoon to load grain. It is one of many salt water ships that come here under charter to Canfornav (Canadian Forest Navigation). As this one, many of these ships are named after ducks. We have seen the Bluebill, Bluewing, Greenwing and Pintail here before. True to its name, the Mandarin was built in China in 2003 and named after the Mandarin duck, an endangered bird found in Asia. The Mandarin should appear on the horizon early this afternoon, sail right by the Federal Nakagawa, still at anchor off the Duluth piers, come into port and begin loading grain. When the Mandarin completes loading and departs, perhaps on Tuesday, the Federal Nakagawa will then come in. Photo taken May 24, 2005
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/16/2006

Tug Statesboro helps Tug Lake Superior return

There were at least two new signs of spring on Friday. The local tug Statesboro assisted the DECC’s tug Lake Superior, formerly owned by the Corps of Engineers, into its familiar place under the stern of the William A. Irvin. This year, as last year, ice cream will be for sale on the Lake Superior. The other sign of spring; the Minnesota Slip bridge got stuck for the first time this season, and it also got unstuck for first time, unstuck enough so the two tugs could go under it and one could come back out.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/15/2006

Federal Nakagawa loading durum wheat for Algeria

Summer has finally arrived! We should see one and probably two salt water ships at anchor off the Duluth piers during the day. Both ships will be waiting to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. The Kwintebank carries a minimal crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines. The Federal Nakagawa will be loading durum wheat for Algeria. The ship is bright red. It probably will not come in until the weekend.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/14/2006

Interlake officials here for Sherwin

Interlake officials (above) were at Fraser Shipyards yesterday evaluating the condition of the John Sherwin, towed there on Tuesday after spending the last 25 years out of service in the Duluth Superior harbor. From left to right, Bob Dorn, Senior Vice President, Ian Sharp, Fleet Supervisor and Mark Barker, Director of Engineering were paying close attention while Fraser workers assessed the condition of the boat’s hull. They hope to return the boat to Great Lakes service but that is still a decision for sometime in the future pending a good report here, plus many other considerations down the road.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/13/2006

The historic Middletown arrives

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The historic Middletown arrived in the Twin Ports yesterday to discharge limestone. It was the second trip here this season. The Frontenac is expected to arrive today for its first visit of the season. It will load taconite. Last year, the Canadian flagged Frontenac was here 16 times while the Middletown made 20 trips. The Middletown was built in 1942 as the Neshanic, serving as a tanker in both the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. It was awarded nine service stars, one for each major battle it was in. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. It was here 12 times last year, usually, as today, discharging limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/12/2006

John Sherwin finally departs Duluth

The John Sherwin is scheduled to be towed this morning to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Plans call for it to be immediately put in dry dock for an evaluation of its hull. Owned by Interlake Steamship of Cleveland, the Sherwin has remained idle at several Twin Ports docks since 1981. Its sister ship, the Charles M. Beeghly, was outfitted with a self unloader in 1981 and remains in service. A downturn in the steel industry the following year put the same upgrade to the Sherwin on the shelf. Interlake hopes to put the boat back in service, but much work would need to be done before that could happen. Above, Interlake officials raised the company flag on the Sherwin yesterday afternoon, preparing the boat for its short trip around the corner to Fraser Shipyards.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/11/2006

The St. Clair takes coal to St. Clair

We have 3 boats loading coal and two discharging limestone today. The St. Clair (above, departing Duluth in July, 2004) will be here to load coal to take to Detroit Edison’s Belle River Power Plant near St. Clair, Michigan. Although the St. Clair moves a variety of cargos to many different Great Lakes ports, it was built in 1976 to do exactly what it is doing today, taking low sulfur western coal to St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/10/2006

Who wins?

The Columbia Star came in yesterday afternoon to load coal as soon as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. completed loading. Not long after that, the Oglebay Norton entered the Duluth harbor and tied up at the Port Terminal to wait for the Columbia Star. Somewhere out in the lake (Saturday), the Algolake was moving along, perhaps not as fast as usual. It would follow the three thousand footers. From the point of view of the crews, the Oglebay Norton wins hands down. The McCarthy crew spent Saturday night pushing a full load of coal across Lake Superior. The crew on the Algolake (above) could kill some time on their Saturday night, but only within the confines of their 730 foot vessel. The crew on the Columbia Star spent Saturday night loading coal. But the Oglebay Norton crew, … you might have found some of them over at the Home Show, or more likely, at the Casino. Their only problem, after a long evening of gambling, or whatever, they came back to work around midnight. Maybe the Algolake crew wins. They could sleep and rest and kill time. Note: there are always crew members on duty on a Great Lakes vessel; not all could engage in the above pursuits.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/9/2006

Columbia Star loading 62,000 tons of coal

Four 1000 footers will be here today loading coal and taconite. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should be first in, loading 62,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The coal for this particular load came from 3 different coal mines in Montana. The McCarthy will be taking it to electric power plants in two different locations, one in St. Clair, Michigan and one in Essexville, Michigan. The Columbia Star (above, departing Duluth in October, 2001) will follow the McCarthy, also loading 62,000 tons of coal but from only two mines in Montana. All of this load will be discharged at the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/8/2006

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin & Atlantic Huron working together

We should have two visitors from Canada Steamship Lines today, which is always interesting. Many of their boats, including the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, are remakes combining sections of old boats with entirely new sections. That also is a chance to repaint the boats, in the case of Canada Steamship Lines, usually bright red. The Atlantic Huron is a lake freighter with the added capability of working in the ocean, in this case, up the Canadian east coast off Newfoundland. At the end of the 2004-05 shipping season, in January, 2005, both boats were here for a very unusual cargo transfer. The Atlantic Huron (above left) was in a hurry to get off Lake Superior, so as soon as it entered the Duluth harbor, it came along side the Martin (above right), at the Port Authority, so the Martin could transfer its just loaded taconite cargo to the Atlantic Huron, allowing it to turn around and head for the Soo Locks. The Martin then went back to fill its cargo holds a second time in the same visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/7/2006

American Mariner to start season

The American Mariner, which has spent much of the winter in dry dock at the Fraser Shipyards in Superior (above), should finally go out to make a living, in this case, loading taconite at Two Harbors for Zug Island, Michigan. Zug Island is a man made island in River Rouge, Michigan, just south of Detroit, and the home of a steel plant now owned by United States Steel. That leaves the Reserve as the only remaining tenant from the winter. In early March, it was sold by the Oglebay Norton Company to K&K Warehousing in Menominee, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/6/2006

Ziemia Cieszynska welcomed to port

The Ziemia Cieszynska came in early yesterday morning and should depart with durum wheat for Italy later today. After that, the ship will move to a shipyard, probably in Bulgaria, for routine inspection in dry dock. Above left, ship captain Jan Jarosz from Poland watches over the first ship welcoming ceremonies in the pilot house on Tuesday. With him is Scott Hilleren, from Guthrie-Hubner, the local agent for the ship.
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Ziemia Cieszynska: First saltwater ship of 2006

Arrived: April 4, 2006 at 3:29 am
ziemiacieszynska-260404-1-006The Marshall Islands-flagged Ziemia Cieszynska was the first saltwater ship of the 2006 season, arriving at 3:29 in the morning of April 4, 2006. She loaded about 18,000 tons of durum wheat at Superior’s CHS grain elevator that she carried to Italy.
ziemiacieszynska260404-1-039Port dignitaries held a welcoming ceremony for Captain Jan Jarosz from Poland. Here Gene Shaw at left, from Visit Duluth, welcomed Captain Jarosz at right. The winner of the First Ship contest guessed 1:06 a.m. on April 4, the actual arrival was  3:29 am. There were about 2,000 entries from 16 states in addition to Minnesota in this year’s contest.
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Ziemia Cieszynska, first saltie of season

The last big first of this shipping season probably happened early this morning when the first salt water ship of the season, the Ziemia Cieszynska, was due to come under the bridge. Built in Turkey in 1992, the ship is operated by the Polish Steamship Company in Szczecin, Poland. The vessel made stops in Cleveland and Burns Harbor before coming up to the Twin Ports. It was also the first salt water ship to arrive in the Burns Harbor port. Above, the ship is getting a tug assist last July as it was moving between two docks. The Courtney Burton should be departing the Twin Ports today with a cargo of wheat for Buffalo, a route it took over when the Kinsman Independent was retired several years ago.
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The Courtney Burton, now American Fortitude, in Duluth with limestone

The Courtney Burton (above, departing Duluth in August, 2002) should arrive today for the first time this season bringing the first limestone of the season into the port. And it appears that the Earl W. Oglebay will finally get started on the season, leaving the boat’s winter layup at the Fraser Shipyards in Superior for Silver Bay to load taconite. Tonight, the Ziemia Cieszynska should become the first salt water arrival of the season, bringing the first grain of the season. It started life in 1992 with that name but it was changed to the Lake Carling that same year. In 2003, the original name was returned to the ship. It is now owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/3/2006

Old ice

Today is thousand footer day for Duluth, Superior and Two Harbors. Five of them will be loading coal and taconite. We are, I think, still waiting for our first load of limestone of the season. We should be loading the first grain on Tuesday morning when the first salt water ship of the year, the Ziemia Cieszynska, is here. One load of cement has been discharged so far, but no lumber or steel has arrived. Above, the ship canal was full of ice on this date in 2003. The next day, the Indiana Harbor would try 7 times to depart through the canal, but the ice stopped it every time. No traffic went under the Lift Bridge until the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed on April 21st. Enjoy our weather today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/2/2006

Earl W. Oglebay delayed in Duluth

The Earl W. Oglebay was set to depart its winter berth at Fraser Shipyard today, leaving only the Reserve and the American Mariner still in port from the winter layup. It was going to go to Silver Bay to load taconite, but two thousand footers got on the Silver Bay schedule, pushing the 630 foot boat off the list, or at least down. The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, the 60 year old cutter, is still breaking thick ice on each side of the Soo Locks in Whitefish Bay and in the St. Mary’s River. Some folks at that end of the Lake are blaming our end of the lake for all their ice. Instead of east winds bringing the ice to us, west winds have sent ice eastward to the Soo, although we didn’t have much ice to send. The crew aboard the Mackinaw are not complaining. The ship will be decommissioned in June and turning the ice breaking duties over to a brand new Mackinaw. They were afraid they would not get any ice breaking in before the ship becomes a museum. While we will not see the old Mackinaw again, we can be proud that we sent them enough ice to give the Mighty Mac one last shot before it retires.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/1/2006