Archives for September 2006

Algocape sets up for departure

The Algocape used to be a steady visitor to the Twin Ports but it was only here twice last year. This is only the third visit this season. Built in 1967 in Quebec, the Algocape is a boat with cabins aft and pilothouse forward. The owner, Algoma Central Railway Company of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, bought it as the Richelieu in 1994 and renamed it to the current name. In past years, it has loaded grain in Thunder Bay or Duluth and taken it to a St. Lawrence River port such as Port Cartier, Quebec where it is off loaded to an ocean going ship. It often loads iron ore there to carry back to Hamilton, Ontario, before coming back to Lake Superior to load grain again. Above, the Algocape departs Duluth on August 12, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2006

BBC India taking on cargo

Siemens, in Denmark, filled the BBC India with the parts to 22 wind turbines, a total of 174 pieces weighing 8,039,321 pounds and sent the ship off to Duluth. A lot of hardware, owned by Siemens, was needed to pack those pieces in the ship tightly and safely. The BBC India will be returning those pieces to Siemens. Some of that stuff was placed in containers. In the picture above, a container is being placed on the deck of the ship on Thursday. The container is at the end of a cable connected to one of the Port Terminal’s 2 gantry cranes. The other crane is at the top left. The picture was taken from the bow of the ship. You can see some of the rope used to tie the ship up to the dock. The top of the ship’s pilot house is at top center. Before arriving in Denmark, the ship will drop off electrical housing components in Iceland (they will be loaded onto the deck today), and grain in Ghent, Belgium. The grain was loaded earlier this week at CHS in Superior, after the wind turbine parts were discharged.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2006

Manistee going strong

In 1943, a boat called the Richard J. Reiss was built. It has been a very long time since that boat was in Duluth, but last year, it came in with a load of salt under its new name, Manistee (above). It made a second trip in August and will be back again today. While old, the original steam engine was replaced by a diesel engine in 1976 and it is now a self unloader. It started as a US flagged vessel, but after a variety of US owners through the years, it was sold to Lower Lakes / Grand River Navigation in January, 2004 and is now under Canadian ownership with a new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2006

Columbus brings visitors to Duluth

The 400-passenger cruise vessel Columbus will be here today for the first of two visits this year. Built in 1997 in Germany, it has five passenger decks that include a swimming pool, sauna, spa, gym, hospital, library, boutique, salon, wine bar and a lounge with a stage and dance floor. The visit is part of a 10-day cruise beginning in Toronto and ending in Chicago. Other stops on the cruise include Windsor, Tobermory, Parry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Mackinaw Island. It will depart under the Lift Bridge late this afternoon, returning on October 3rd.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-27-2006

Primary 1 / Gregory J. Busch

The barge Primary 1 was loaded on Saturday with 12 wind turbine base units brought here from North Dakota (above). The tug Gregory J. Busch should be pushing the barge out into the lake today on its way to Buffalo where the base units will be taken to a wind farm being built in Upper New York State. This combination took the place of the BBC India which just finished discharging wind turbine units loaded in Denmark and going to North Dakota. The BBC India, waiting to take the place of the Federal Agno which was delayed by weather loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior, was tied up right next to the tug barge on Sunday. The Federal Agno may leave today, opening the berth to the BBC India. When the cargo holds are filled with grain, the BBC India will return to the Port Terminal to load large electrical components on the deck of the ship, taking them to Iceland on the way to discharging the grain cargo in Ghent, Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-25-2006