Archives for August 2006

John B. Aird exits Duluth ship canal

It’s another coal day in the Twin Ports. The John J. Boland will be here early today to load coal. The John B. Aird, American Century and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are all scheduled to arrive in port tomorrow evening. First one here gets to load coal first. The McCarthy will likely be at anchor off the Duluth piers when the sun comes up, but there are other alternatives. It could have slowed down out in the lake or come in to wait at the Port Terminal. The Boland will leave here for Milwaukee, the McCarthy will be going to Detroit and the rest will be taking coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. The John B. Aird is pictured above departing Duluth in September, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2006

Canadian Olympic loading at ME

Today, we have lots of limestone coming in and lots of coal, taconite and grain going out. The Atlantic Huron should have departed very early this morning with coal for New Brunswick. The American Integrity will follow at the coal dock and may have been waiting at anchor until the dock cleared. The Canadian Olympic may also have arrived and sunrise may find it waiting at anchor for the American Integrity to complete loading. Above, the Canadian Olympic is at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior in January, 2004. The coal loader is extended over the deck of the boat pouring coal into the cargo hold.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-30-2006

Atlantic Huron travels entire Seaway

The Atlantic Huron was here on March 31st and again 8 days later. It has not been back until today when it will arrive to load 28,000 tons of coal. The Atlantic Huron was built in 1984 with salt water capability as its name reflects. When it departs, either late today or early Wednesday morning, it will carry that cargo of coal the entire length of the St. Lawrence Seaway System (Duluth being the western most extension), out the St. Lawrence River to the ocean port of Belledune in New Brunswick, Canada, just northeast of Maine.When built, it was called the Prairie Harvest. The present name came in 1989. It sailed as the Melvin H. Baker from 1994 until 1998 when it again became the Atlantic Huron.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2006

Federal Sakura with tug Minnesota

Since it was built in 2005, the Federal Sakura has made the Twin Ports a regular stop. It was here twice last year and here today for her 2nd visit of the season. It has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days, waiting for a berth here after making stops at Erie, Burns Harbor and Milwaukee. When it comes in, it will load wheat to take to Venezuela. Above, the Federal Sakura received an assist from the tug Minnesota while entering the harbor this past June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2006

Lady Hamilton loads wheat

After stops in Cleveland, Hamilton, Detroit and Burns Harbor to discharge steel coils that were loaded in Antwerp, the Lady Hamilton came into the port on Friday morning and went directly over to the CHS Terminal in Superior to load wheat for Ravenna, Italy. Captain Prabhat Ranjan wants to be in Italy on September 17th; they were hoping to depart the Twin Ports last night. Captain Prabhat lives in New Delhi and after 5 months at sea, he will be returning home after they arrive in Italy. He commands a crew of 23, one from Pakistan and the rest from India. Above, longshoreman Tom Fisher from ILA Local 1037 is guiding the spout as they top off one of the ship’s cargo holds on Saturday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2006

Presque Isle oft forgotten

After arriving under the Lift Bridge late Thursday morning, and waiting at the Port Terminal, the Presque Isle should have moved over to the CN Dock in West Duluth late last night to load taconite for Nanticoke. Assuming yesterday’s high winds have died down, and it made it over to the dock, it should be completing the load and departing Duluth in the late morning or sometime this afternoon. The Presque Isle is a tug barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet in length. Of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes today, the Presque Isle is usually the last one to be remembered when trying to list them all. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan. The body of the barge was built in Erie and in 1973, all the pieces were joined there. Launched in 1973, the Presque Isle became the second 1,000 foot vessel on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-25-2006

Sam Laud in the Twin Ports harbor

The Sam Laud came in last night (above) with limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan. It is one of the ‘river’ boats that spends much of its time moving taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It also works the stone trade between a variety of lower lakes ports and only very occasionally gets a chance to come up to Lake Superior. It will cover the whole route on this trip, leaving here this morning to load taconite at Silver Bay and taking some of it first to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga, and then going up the river with the rest of the cargo for discharge at the ISG Steel plant.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2006

Federal Kushiro first visit to Twin Ports

Originally the Federal Kushiro was supposed to join the Ziemia Gnieznienska at anchor (right, in back) off the Duluth piers, but plans were changed and the Panamanian flagged vessel came in last night around 6 pm (above). The Ziemia Gnieznienska is expected to come in this afternoon to begin loading durum wheat for Morocco. The Federal Kushiro is loading wheat for Casablanca. It is the first visit to Duluth for the 624 foot ship, despite the fact that it was built in 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-22-2006

Capt. Leslaw Konarzewski of Ziemia Gnieznienska

Captain Leslaw Konarzewski (above) brought the Ziemia Gnieznienska into port on May 28, 2003. That ship should be at anchor off the Duluth piers by now, waiting for a berth to load durum wheat for Morocco. Captain Konarzewski is probably not aboard on this trip, but the picture above shows him sitting in the ship’s office during that trip in 2003. When I asked the Captain during that visit what the meaning of the ship’s name was, he pointed to the wall hanging behind him. He told me it was the city of Gnieznienska, the first capital of Poland. He added that Ziemia means around a city. We hope the captain and crew make it into port this trip. The Captain told me he had the same ship at anchor off the Duluth piers in 1999. While at anchor, the ship’s orders were changed. He lifted his anchor and left, without ever getting into port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-21-2006

Algosoo enters Duluth shipping canal

The Algosoo will be here today for the 4th time this season. It is owned by Algoma Central Corporation located at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, at the other end of Lake Superior. It was built in 1974. You will note in the picture above of the Algosoo coming through the Duluth ship canal in August, 2003 that the pilot house is at the forward end of the boat. The Algosoo was the last boat built for Great Lakes service with that arrangement. After the Algosoo, lakers were built with the pilot house aft or at the back of the boat. At the back, you can see the deck of the boat in front of you and then the water. Living quarters would be below the pilot house. With the pilot house at the fore end of the boat, you had only water in front. The deck and the rest of the boat is behind you, as it is above on the Algosoo. Typically, with an arrangement like the Algosoo, officers quarters were at the front of the boat while the galley and crew quarters were at the back of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2006

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load its usual cargo, taconite. It is the vessel’s 3rd trip here this season. It was here 5 times last year. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. The combination is usually referred to as the Great Lakes Trader. Above, it is departing Duluth in December last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-19-2006