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