Archives for June 2006

Burns Harbor at BN for taconite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canadian Progress comes for coal

The Canadian Progress will be here to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal brought in by train from Wyoming and Montana. It is a regular visitor to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, coming here 4 times already this year. It was here 12 times last season. On each trip, the Canadian Progress takes the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken June 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2006

Barker in the ice

It looks like today’s traffic may be half over by the time the sun is up and the rest of it may be over by noon. The port’s main export cargos are moving today: coal, taconite and grain. Last year, 45% of the tonnage that went through the port was coal, 40% was iron ore (taconite pellets), 7% was grain, and other came in last with 8%. The US flagged Charles M. Beeghly takes out taconite today, two more are loading coal and the Ukraine flagged Makeevka should be here to load grain. The James R. Barker will be here for the 11th time this season. Above, it is departing Duluth on March 17th of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2006

Charles M. Beeghly at the Twin Ports

The Charles M. Beeghly will be here today to load taconite pellets for Indiana Harbor. It is nearly identical to the John Sherwin, a boat that was recently towed to Fraser Shipyards for an evaluation after sitting idle in the harbor since 1981. In that same year, the Beeghly was converted to a self unloader so it is still on the lakes. The Sherwin did not get a self unloader and remains idle to this day. There is no word yet on whether the Sherwin will be upgraded so it can join the Beeghly again.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2006

Iglehart in the heart of the harbor

The J.A.W. Iglehart was built in 1936. At 501 feet long, it is the largest cement carrier to operate on the Great Lakes. Past names such as Pan Amoco betray its former life as an ocean going oil tanker. Her high bow is also a reminder of her days fighting large ocean waves. The Iglehart arrived early Sunday morning with a cargo of cement. This is the 3rd trip to the Twin Ports for the Iglehart. It was here 4 times last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2006

Royal Pescadores going away

The Taiwanese owned and Panamanian flagged Royal Pescadores (seen above departing Duluth in October of 2000) arrived off the Duluth piers on Saturday and dropped anchor waiting to come in on Monday morning. It will load both green and yellow peas. Most peas loaded here are for animal consumption but these peas are for humans. Built in 1997, the Royal Pescadores is 486 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2006

Xenia brings steel coils, takes wheat

After discharging cargo in Cleveland and Burns Harbor, the Xenia came under the Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon and went to the Port Terminal to discharge the last of the steel coils for this trip (above). The coils, specialty steel products made in France, will leave Duluth by truck and train for companies in Nebraska, North Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. After that, it moved over to the CHS grain terminal in Superior to load durum wheat for Algeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2006

Canadian Navigator

The Canadian Navigator should have arrived last night and will be departing early morning. This is its second visit this year, and as usual, it will go to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After the boat was lengthened twice and the cargo capacity was also increased, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2006

American Fortitude continued

The American Fortitude was still being worked on Wednesday morning. It still needs an ‘Amer’ added to the nameplate on the stern of the boat. Above, a crane from Fraser Shipyards in Superior is moving equipment onto the boat. Just above the base of the crane you can see the bow of the John Sherwin, the boat that sat idle in the port since 1981, but which was moved to the shipyard in April to evaluate its fitness for a return to service on the Great Lakes. The boat previously called the Middletown is due here on Saturday with a load of limestone, only she will be named the American Victory from now on.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2006

American Fortitude is new name

The Oglebay Norton company has completed the sale of six of their vessels, all frequent visitors to Duluth. American Steamship purchased all six and is now in the process of refitting them. One of them, the Courtney Burton, brought limestone into port and then went over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior to get refitted as an American Steamship vessel. That includes a new name, the American Fortitude. Above, workers at Fraser were sand blasting the old name off the side of the boat, starting with the boat’s ‘former’ owner. The boat should be loading wheat here by Friday. Other name changes are rumored to be: the Armco becoming the American Valor, the Oglebay Norton becoming the American Integrity, the Columbia Star becoming the American Century and the Fred R. White, Jr. becoming the American Courage. No word yet on a new name for the Middletown. Maybe it will be spared.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2006

Alpena brings the usual

Many boatwatchers around the Great Lakes consider the Alpena to be the prettiest boat sailing today. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest. It also has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes. It came into port on Monday afternoon with a load of cement, its usual cargo. It should be departing sometime later today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2006

St Clair arriving Twin Ports

The St. Clair should be departing Duluth this morning after taking one load of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to the CLM Corporation lime plant also in Superior and getting a second load for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should be waiting to follow the St. Clair at Midwest Energy. It will take on a split load, one part to a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan and the second part to a Consumers Energy’s power plant in Essexville, Michigan. Above, the St. Clair coming into port yesterday afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2006

St Clair departing Twin Ports

The St. Clair is due here today to load coal for a local delivery and then load more coal for delivery to Ontario Hydro at Nanticoke, the port it is coming from. First it will load about 25,000 tons at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to take about 2 miles up the Superior channel to the CLM Company lime plant. It will then return to Midwest Energy to load about 44,000 tons for Nanticoke. This is the St. Clair’s 9th trip here this season. Besides coal, it has brought limestone in and loaded taconite here for the lower lakes. Above, it is departing Duluth in June, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2006

Adam E. Cornelius in Duluth harbor

The Adam E. Cornelius will be here today with a load of limestone that it loaded in Port Dolomite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CN Dock in West Duluth, it will load taconite pellets at the same dock for delivery to Zug Island, Michigan. The boat was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973. It became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. Photo taken on August 31, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2006

Philip R. Clarke

The Philip R. Clarke is coming to Duluth today to discharge a cargo of limestone. They will likely stop for fuel first. That completed, they will move to Two Harbors to load taconite. Recent ports of call for the Clarke have included Stoneport, Calcite, Cedarville/Port Dolomite and Zug Island in Michigan, Buffington in Indiana, Conneaut in Ohio, Green Bay in Wisconsin, South Chicago in Illinois, Gary in Indiana and Meldrum Bay in Ontario. And of course, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior. Above, the Clarke spent the winter layup between 2002 and 2003 at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2006

Middletown loads taconite

Three more boats will be here today to load coal. The Columbia Star will load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, a port half way to Chicago on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The American Mariner will be taking coal down the other side of Lake Michigan to Milwaukee where it will be used in power plants operated by Wisconsin Electric Power. Both ports do not receive very many cargos of coal from Midwest Energy Resources. But the Canadian Transport will be here, doing what it was built to do and still does on a very regular basis, carry coal from Midwest Energy to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Middletown, seen above loading taconite in November, 2004, will also load taconite today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2006