Archives for May 2006

CSL Laurentien enters shipping canal

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A total of 187,000 tons of coal will be loaded into 4 boats today at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. After a brief wait at anchor after discharging salt inside the harbor, the Algolake will be the first of the 4 to depart the coal dock. That should have happened early this morning. The Indiana Harbor arrived last night and would be departing the Twin Ports sometime this AM with its share. The CSL Laurentien and the Paul R. Tregurtha were both trying to be the first to arrive in Duluth to wait for the Indiana Harbor to complete loading. Above, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien coming into port in May, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2006

Cason J. Callaway in the river

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The Cason J. Callaway is expected to arrive today with limestone to discharge at the CN Dock in West Duluth, previously called the DM&IR Dock. When that is complete, it will make the quick trip to Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. This is only the 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Callaway. Last year, it was here 19 times. Above, the Callaway moves up the St. Louis River in May of last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2006

Canadian Enterprise comes in for 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 later this week to take her turn. Above, the Enterprise comes under the Aerial Lift Bridge on January 8, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2006

St. Clair headed toward the bridge

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Some Great Lakes boats load and discharge the same cargo at the same ports. Then there is the St. Clair. Originally built to carry low sulfur coal from Superior to St. Clair, Michigan, it has branched out to carry many cargos to many ports, and in the case of its visit here today, to many berths within one port. It brings limestone in to deliver to two berths, one at the CLM Dock in Superior and the rest to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. That finished, it will move across the St. Louis River to load coal for Nanticoke, Ontario. Originally, it was going take a load of coal back to CLM before returning to Midwest Energy Resources for the load of coal for Nanticoke. That short haul within the Twin Ports was apparently canceled. Still, it is more work than most boats do while in port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2006

Alpena in Duluth ship canal

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and it has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes. As usual, it will first discharge cement at the Superior plant for Lafarge North America and then come over to the Duluth plant to complete the discharge.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2006

Federal Katsura passes Canal Park

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The Federal Katsura, built in 2005, came into port on Thursday for the first time. With an early start loading the ship today, the Panamanian flagged ship may leave this evening, taking its cargo of spring wheat to Puerto Cabello, a port in Venezuela on the Caribbean Sea. The bright red ship brings in a German captain and a crew mostly from the Philippines. Mary George, from the Marine Museum, took the picture above as the ship entered the Duluth harbor yesterday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2006

Indiana Harbor enters Duluth harbor

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The picture above shows the Indiana Harbor arriving Duluth on October 10 last year. It will be here today to load taconite for Stelco Inc., a company in Nanticoke that produces a variety of steel products. This is the Indiana Harbor’s 7th trip here since departing from winter layup here on March 24th. Unlike many visits by boats loading coal and taconite, the Indiana Harbor will almost have a normal work day, coming in about 8 am, working until a little later than normal quitting time and then departing around 8 pm tonight.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2006

Oglebay Norton loading coal

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It is a slow Monday in the harbor. The Federal Sakura, delayed by rain, is still at CHS 1 in Superior loading grain. The Oglebay Norton came in last night and will likely leave early this morning. The John Sherwin is still resting at a dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, waiting for word from the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland concerning its future. Above, the Oglebay Norton is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in July, 2004. The Midwest Energy coal loader is at the left, pouring coal into one of the boat’s cargo holds while the boat’s self unloader, usually sitting on the deck, is swung out over the St. Louis River to be out of the way of the loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2006

Canadian Olympic here for coal

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The Canadian Olympic will be here for the 4th time this season. As usual, it will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. The games also provided the name for the new boat. In the recent past, it has made about 10 trips a year to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-14-2006

Gott getting lined up with bridge

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The Edwin H. Gott arrived here on Friday to get fuel and then load taconite for Nanticoke, Ontario. When the Gott was first built in 1978, it had a short shuttle boom that could only reach about 52 feet beyond the side of the boat. When visiting the port in Nanticoke to discharge cargo, it had to first discharge the cargo into a smaller, Canadian vessel which then discharged the cargo into shoreside equipment. In 1995, the Gott received what still is the Great Lakes longest self-unloading boom. It is 280 feet long. Most are only 250 feet long, but both considerably longer than the Gott’s first boom. The Gott spent the winter layup here but this is only its 3rd trip back this season. It was named for the President of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. Photo taken August 22, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2006

Federal Sakura here for wheat

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The Federal Sakura should have arrived off the Duluth piers around midnight last night. It will spend the night at anchor and then come in this morning at 6 and go over to the CHS 1 grain terminal in Superior to load wheat for Algeria. Built in 2005, it entered the Duluth harbor for the first time last June (above). It was here again in September last year. This is the first trip this season for the boat and its crew from the Philippines. Like most Fednav boats that come here, it is bright red.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-12-2006

McCarthy exits to large crowd

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should be arriving here later today. It will follow the Paul R. Tregurtha loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. When the McCarthy departs, probably early Friday morning, it will have the distinction of being the next boat scheduled to load coal at Midwest. It is making the short trip to Silver Bay before turning around and heading back to the Twin Ports to load coal for the usual destination, power plants operated by Detroit Edison. Today will be the 7th trip back this season since departing Duluth after the winter layup on March 25th. The McCarthy is a frequent and popular visitor here, as evidenced by the crowd greeting the boat in July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2006

Armco makes initial visit of season

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The Armco (seen above coming into Duluth in August, 2002) will be here today to discharge limestone that was loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It should finish this evening and depart for Silver Bay to load taconite for a lower lakes port. It is the first trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Armco. It visited 11 times last year. Built in 1953 in Lorain, Ohio, it was named for the Armco Steel Corporation, located in Middletown, Ohio. Another visitor to the Twin Ports is named after the town where Armco Steel is located.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-10-2006

Algowood arriving Duluth

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood is here today for the second time this season. It has been here 55 times since 1996. As it usually does, it is loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1981 in Collingwood, Ontario, it is named in honor of that town and the shipyard there. It will be a busy day in Canal Park. There should be about 12 vessels going under the Lift Bridge, although the Algowood should be on its way to Nanticoke before the sun is up. Above, it is coming into the ship canal in August, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2006

John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland will be here today for the first time this season. It came 9 times last year. The boat started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John J. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in 2000, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland. The picture above was taken in March last year at the end of the winter layup, just before the boat departed Duluth to start the season. That’s the boat’s 250-foot self unloader in the middle of the picture.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2006

Michipicoten approaching Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to take on fuel in Duluth and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite. It is the 3rd visit to the Twin Ports for the boat this year. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, renamed and reflagged Canadian.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2006

Diezeborg visits for 2nd time

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The Dutch flagged Diezeborg will be here today to load beet pulp pellets for Spain. The pellets, grown and produced in North Dakota, are used for animal feed. Along with molasses, they are one of the primary by-products after sugar is extracted from sugar beets. Built in 2000, this is only the second time the Diezeborg will be in the Twin Ports. On the first trip, in 2004, it loaded beet pulp pellets for Cork, Ireland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-06-2006

Birchglen and the North Pier Light

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The Birchglen was built as the Canada Marquis in Govan, Scotland in 1983. It has been here many times as the Federal Richelieu and then the Federal Mackenzie. It became the Birchglen in 2002 when it was sold to Canada Steamship Lines. It has been at anchor off the Superior entry and should come in today to load coal for Belledune, a small port in the province of New Brunswick, which sits just north of Maine.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2006

Woody hauls grain from here to there

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The Greek flagged Woody should be here around noon today to load spring wheat for the Dominican Republic. I asked a local official why they were going to the Dominican Republic. Most grain boats go to Europe or North Africa from here. He answered my question directly. Someone in the Dominican Republic must have purchased a lot of spring wheat. Simple questions often get direct answers. When it was here in August, 2004 (above), I asked the same local official how the Woody got its name. He checked for me when he was on the ship. No one knew. Sometimes simple questions have no answers. It was once called the NST Challenge. Under that name it was here once in 2001, three times in 1999 and twice in 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2006

Canadian Transport framed by Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Canadian Transport is making its 4th trip here this season, each time loading low sulfur western coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1979, the same year 10 additional inches were added to the allowable width for vessels transiting the Welland Canal. Accordingly, the Canadian Transport was built with a width of 75 feet, 8 inches, providing 31,800 more cubic feet of cargo space. It is loading about 30,000 tons of coal today. Above, it is coming under the Lift Bridge in June, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2006

American Spirit exits Duluth ship canal

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The American Spirit is here today for the 5th time this season. The first four trips found it loading taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Today, it is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth (formerly the DM&IR). Two salt water ships will be departing today. One of them, the Pontoporos, will be taking durum wheat to Algeria. The wheat is often used there to make couscous, a dish that can include a variety of other ingredients including lamb, beef and vegetables.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2006

Victoriaborg ready to depart

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The last couple days have been quite busy with ships at anchor most of the time, waiting for a berth. It settles down a bit today with one thousand footer moving through the harbor in the morning, one in the afternoon and another in the evening. Sometime in the afternoon, the 433 foot Victoriaborg will sail out with a cargo of bentonite. It came under the Lift Bridge on Saturday morning after discharging cargo at Menominee, Michigan. Wagenborg ships, such as the Victoriaborg, often discharge wood pulp there. Above, it is departing Duluth in May, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-01-2006