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