Archives for July 2006

Federal Saguenay inner workings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mesabi Miner preparing to depart

The day should have started early this morning with the two salt water ships that have been at anchor off the Duluth piers coming into port, the Irma to load wheat for Morocco and the Margaretha Green to load the parts of a ball mill brought down here by truck from Hoyt Lakes and destined for India. The ball mill was available after LTV closed their mining operation in Hoyt Lakes in 2001. The Herbert C. Jackson and John G. Munson came in Sunday afternoon, both to load coal after the American Century departed. When the Munson departs, the facility at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior will take a day off from loading boats with coal to do some maintenance, necessitated by a near constant parade of boats loading coal there. The Mesabi Miner, seen above departing Duluth in August, 2002, will be here to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2006


The Irma was expected to arrive off the Duluth piers last night and drop anchor, waiting to come in Monday morning to load both spring and durum wheat. It will then take the cargo to Morocco. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it was built in 2000 and makes heavy use of computers. The ship uses an unmanned engine room, although an alarm will sound in the Chief Engineer’s room if a human is needed. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2006

Anja here from Mediterranean

The Anja will be here today to discharge steel coils that it loaded in Fos-sur-Mer, France, a port on the Mediterranean Sea. Before Duluth, the ship made stops in Cleveland and Milwaukee. From here, the coils will be shipped out of the Port Terminal by Lake Superior Warehousing Company to Minneapolis and cities in Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. They will make this last leg of the trip out of Duluth using both truck and rail.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2006

Canadian Olympic loading at ME

The Canadian Olympic will be here for the 6th time this season, loading coal as usual at Midwest Energy Resources. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. The Olympics were held that same year in Montreal and provided a name for the new boat. Above, it is loading coal in January, 2004. The self unloader is in a raised position to allow access to the boat’s cargo holds. The Midwest Energy coal loader, on the right, is loading coal into a hold toward the bow of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2006