Archives for July 2006

Federal Saguenay inner workings

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This is a view down the deck of the Federal Saguenay when it was in port last year loading durum wheat. It has been at anchor most of the weekend and probably came in to load grain very early this morning. In the picture, there are 2 spouts from the grain terminal hanging from the left over the ship’s cargo holds, pouring grain into the cargo hold. The big rectangular thing with the half circle on it is a hatch cover, folded up to allow the grain to go into the hold. In transit, the hatch covers are down and the deck flat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2006

Paul R. spends time in Twin Ports

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here today for the 26th time this year. On each visit, as today, it loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It averages 14.2 hours in port each trip, counting from the time it entered under the bridge to the time it departed under the bridge. About 2 of those hours are spent getting from the bridge to Midwest Energy and returning. The quickest trip was 9.2 hours while the longest was 32 hours during its May 5 trip. The differences are caused by a variety of reasons, but waiting its turn at the dock probably takes up the most time and getting fuel the next, although fueling is sometimes done while waiting. In the picture, the Tregurtha is departing Duluth last October 8th at 2:28 in the afternoon, 10.3 hours after it arrived at 4:11 in the morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2006

Gantry cranes lift tons onto BBC Shanghai

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The BBC Shanghai came in Thursday night. On Friday morning at 8:00, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company were setting the rigging before loading two electrical modules onto the deck of the ship. The ship should have departed the Twin Ports by now, on the way to Iceland. Both gantry cranes at the Port Terminal were used to lift each piece onto the ship. One module weighed 100,001 pounds; the other 69,886 pounds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2006

Callaway gets sinter

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Two conveyors were pumping sinter into the Cason J. Callaway cargo holds at Hallett Dock in West Duluth yesterday (above). The sinter, bound for steel mills in Gary, came to Duluth from the Keewatin Taconite mine by rail. Sinter is iron ore that didn’t quite make it as a pellet. It is the material at the end of a pelletizing run, part fine material, part broken pellets, but the mill at Gary is able to use it to make steel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2006

Ball mill transported by Margaretha Green

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A ball mill brought down from Hoyt Lakes in many pieces is being loaded onto the Margaretha Green at the Port Terminal this week for shipment to India. A ball mill is a large steel drum used in the process of making taconite. Steel balls, in the drum, are used to break up hard rock, on its way to becoming marble-sized taconite pellets. Jindal Steel and Power Company in New Delhi bought the ball mill. They are getting all the steel balls as well. They were being lifted into the ship on Wednesday (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2006

Cason J. Callaway departs Twin Ports

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The Cason J. Callaway should be here this evening with a cargo of limestone loaded at Stoneport, Michigan. The boat is named for a man who spent most of his life in Georgia, working in the textile industry. He joined the board of directors of US Steel in 1944 and served until his death in 1961. Cason Jewell Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway founded Callaway Gardens in Georgia to provide a wholesome family environment where all may find beauty, relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world. Photo taken September 19, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2006

Margaretha Green bound for India

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The Dutch flagged Margaretha Green came in from the anchorage on Monday morning and began to load parts of a ball mill brought down here from Hoyt Lakes and on its way to India. Above, the Margaretha Green’s holds are open; you can see one crane from the ship turned over the side ready to hoist one of the larger parts into the ship. Another crane’s cable hangs down the middle, and, off the bow of the ship, the Mesabi Miner was pulling into the Murphy Oil dock for fuel. After that, the boat went over to the CN dock to load taconite. It will leave this morning; the Margaretha Green may be here for a week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2006