Archives for June 2006

Burns Harbor at BN for taconite

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Ship traffic for Duluth may be over before lunchtime today. Only four boats are set to come under the Lift Bridge today. Two of them should be gone before sunrise, while the Adam E. Cornelius may come in the Duluth entry about the same time to get fuel before going to Burlington Northern to load taconite. It will likely depart using the Superior entry. Above, the Burns Harbor is loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe taconite facility dock. It came in and will leave using the Superior entry, seen at the top left of the photo. The Mesabi Miner may be departing under the Lift Bridge in the late morning. As always, this can easily change; the shipping business does not run on a schedule. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2006

John J. Boland departing Twin Ports

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The John J. Boland will be here today to load taconite for Lorain, Ohio. This is the Boland’s 3rd trip here this season, about the same as the last two years, each of which found it coming here 9 times. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2006

Federal Elbe enters harbor to crowds

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The Federal Elbe came into port on July 2nd last year (above), just in time to celebrate Fourth Fest at Bayfront Park. It came into port last night, about a week too early to do the same. It will be loading bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The Federal Elbe is a relatively new ship, built in China in 2003. It is bright red.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2006

American Mariner will take taconite out

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Six boats were recently sold by the Oglebay Norton Company in Cleveland to American Steamship in Buffalo. With that sale came 6 name changes. It has been hard to keep track of the changes. One change was a little easier because the renaming happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. There, the Courtney Burton became the American Fortitude. The other 5 boats received new names at the same time at other shipyards around the Great Lakes. Each new boat name started with American. The 5 had these second names: Valor, Integrity, Century, Courage and Victory. The American Mariner will be coming into port today to load taconite pellets for Indiana Harbor. It has been the American Mariner since it was launched by American Steamship in 1980, although when construction started on it, the name was to be Chicago. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2006

Vlistborg in Duluth shipping canal

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At 434 feet, the Vlistborg is a smaller ship than most that come to the Twin Ports, but it is more flexible and can be configured to carry a wider variety of cargos. Today it is loading beet pulp pellets grown and produced in North Dakota. They are taken usually to Spain or Morocco where they are used for animal feed. Beet pulp pellets, along with molasses, are one of the primary by-products of sugar production.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2006

Tug Twolan pushes wood

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The tug W. N. Twolan has been pushing and pulling a barge filled with logs between the Twin Ports and Thunder Bay this season. In the picture above, equipment on the barge is lifting pine logs piled on the dock and loading them onto the barge. When they get back to Thunder Bay, the logs will likely be used as lumber in the construction industry. They brought down a barge full of birch logs that were lifted off the barge when they first arrived on Friday morning. Those logs will likely be used here in the production of paper products.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2006

Halifax enters Duluth ship canal

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The Canadian flagged Halifax will be here this afternoon to discharge sand. It was built in 1963 in Lauzon, Quebec as the Frankcliffe Hall. It was 730 feet and two inches long. The ‘extra’ two inches made it the longest boat on the Great Lakes, a distinction that lasted until 1965. It is the last steam powered boat in the Canada Steamship fleet and is named for the capital of Nova Scotia. It is bright red.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2006

Middletown is now American Victory

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The American Victory came into port last night (above) with a load of limestone picked up at Port Dolomite, Michigan. It was formerly the Middletown but when it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship a few weeks ago, the name and some paint on the hull of the boat were changed. It now has an American Steamship color stack, red and black. When it completes discharging the limestone, it will go to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets for Cleveland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2006

American Integrity at Midwest Energy

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Three boats will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They have 4 more on Friday, and another 3 on Saturday. So far, Sunday is a day of rest, as was yesterday. That is almost half a million tons of coal that will be shipped out of Superior in the next three days, going to Muskegon, St. Clair and Marquette in Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, you see the American Integrity loading coal at Midwest in September, 2004. The coal pile is obvious. One of the trains that brings coal in daily from Montana and Wyoming is on the track between the boat and the coal pile. The track encircles the coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2006

Goldeneye greeted by many eyes

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The Royal Pescadores has been here over a week and may leave this afternoon with a cargo of peas for Cuba. The Goldeneye came into port on Monday evening (above) and should be departing today with a cargo of spring wheat for Venezuela. The Greek-owned Goldeneye is under charter to a Canadian company, Canadian Forest Navigation. Built in 1986, the ship has also sailed under the names Sun Ocean and Luna Verde.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2006

Kapitonas Serafinas at anchor

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Above, the Greek flagged Goldeneye (left) and the Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Serafinas (right) were at anchor last night, just before both came in to load grain. The Goldeneye will be loading spring wheat for Venezuela while the Kapitonas Serafinas is getting durum wheat for Italy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-20-2006

Kapitonas Serafinas Lithuanian

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The Kapitonas Serafinas dropped anchor off the Duluth piers on Sunday afternoon, waiting for a berth to clear. It is a Lithuanian ship based in Klaipeda, Lithuania and is named for a prominent Lithuanian sailor. Before Lithuania achieved freedom from Russia, the ship was Russian owned and named Kapitonas Stulov. Stulov was a prominent Russian sailor. The Kapitonas Serafinas has 10 sister ships, now all owned by the Lithuanian Shipping Company in Klaipeda. They were all renamed after Lithuanian sailors. Above, it is entering the ship canal in October, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2006

Armco is now American Valor

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The American Valor is due here this morning to discharge a cargo of limestone it picked up at Port Dolomite, Michigan. When that task is complete, it will go to Silver Bay to load taconite for Cleveland. The American Valor is better known here as the Armco, a boat that visited the port 11 times last year. This will be only its second visit this year, the first under its new name. Photo taken June 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2006

Oglebay Norton is now American Integrity

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The American Integrity should have arrived in port earlier this morning. Formerly called the Oglebay Norton, it is here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will load about 64,000 tons of coal and take it up to Silver Bay Power where it will be used to generate electric power. When they complete discharging that cargo, sometime later today, they will return to the Twin Ports to take on another load of coal tomorrow, this time for Detroit Edison, their usual destination. Above, the boat departed the Twin Ports in July, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2006

Royal Pescadores will carry peas to Cuba

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Green and yellow peas came into the port by train from North Dakota recently. That state produces 61% of the dried peas produced in this country. They are being loaded into the Royal Pescadores today. This shipment is a little different from other cargos of peas handled in the port in several ways. Usually, peas loaded here are used as animal feed. These peas are for human consumption, in Cuba. Only the government in Cuba can make such a purchase, although US law requires the Castro government to pay in advance before the cargo is allowed to leave the United States. The money can only be handled through a third party. Presumably our government is afraid his check might bounce. Some of this trade activity can be traced back to a trip to Cuba made by our former governor Ventura in 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2006