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

Gregory J. Busch / Primary 1

After completing the discharge from the BBC India of 22 wind turbines on Thursday evening, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company turned to loading wind turbine base units onto the barge Primary 1. It arrived in port, pushed by the tug Gregory J. Busch, on Friday morning. All the pieces were loaded on Saturday. After some finishing work on Monday, the tug barge combination should depart for Buffalo. The tug was built in Superior in 1919 as the Humaconna. In 1977, it became the Gregory J. Busch. It served many years in the Pacific Ocean off Puget Sound and up to Alaska. Above, it was at the Port Terminal loading the base units on Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-24-2006

BBC India discharges nacelles

The BBC India completed discharging the parts for 22 wind turbines last night that will soon be shipped to a North Dakota wind farm built by Siemens. The electrical power generated there will be used by Minnesota Power to keep the lights of Minnesota bright. The last pieces to be brought out, from the bottom of the ship’s hold, were the nacelles, 22 of them. Above, one is being pulled out by the two Port Terminal gantry cranes yesterday. There are five more still sitting in the hold. The nacelle is a covering, or shell, that holds much of the machinery that operates the wind turbine. Doors on the top of the nacelle, here visible on the right side, are opened so that very strong cables hanging down from the crane can be connected to the nacelle so it can be pulled out of the hold. You can see more pictures at:
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2006

Federal Agno relief crew greets crew

The Federal Agno has been here 10 times since 1996 but did not make it here last season. This very bright red ship came into port Thursday evening and began loading grain on Friday morning. That had to stop fairly quickly because of the rain. If the rain goes away, it may be able to depart sometime late today. This ship was built as the Federal Asahi (1) in 1985 but has been the Federal Agno since 1989. It is 599 feet long. The ship, like many ships operated by FedNav in Montreal, is named for a river, in this case, a river in the Philippines. On the most recent trips here, the ship has operated with officers and crew from the Philippines also. On a trip here in May, 2004, a relief captain and 3 crew members had flown to Duluth from the Philippines to report for duty. Here they are greeting their mates on the ship as it went through the Duluth ship canal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2006

American Spirit departs Duluth ship canal

The American Spirit should be coming into the Twin Ports this morning for the 24th time this season. On this trip, it will be loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. That cargo will be delivered to an ISG steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The Arthur M. Anderson has been discharging limestone at the CN Dock that it picked up at Cedarville, Michigan. It will leave here later today and load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth for a lower lakes port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2006

BBC India discharges onto truck

The BBC India came back to Duluth on Monday afternoon and began discharging a cargo of wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal on Tuesday morning. The cargo hold on the ship contains parts for 22 wind turbines. With 3 blades per turbine, the ship brought 66 blades, lashed to the deck and some in the cargo hold below deck. They also brought 23 hubs, 23 nacelles, 23 spinners, 23 power units and 20 containers filled with smaller components. These parts will go by truck to North Dakota where Florida Light and Power will build and operate the wind turbines. It will all eventually come back to Minnesota since all the electrical power generated there will be purchased by Minnesota Power. Above, a blade is lowered from the ship to a waiting truck by the Port Terminal’s two gantry cranes.  Pictures of the discharge can be seen at the Lake Superior Warehousing Company page at:
[many more recent entries are there also]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2006

Kroonborg under the Aerial Lift Bridge

The Dutch flagged Kroonborg was expected here very early this morning. It will be loading beet pulp pellets and may complete and depart the port by this evening. The Kroonborg is 428 feet long and was built in 1995. This is only the 4th trip here for the ship, the first since 2001. Yesterday, the BBC India came into port with wind turbine parts to be discharged. A barge called the Primary 1 that is coming here to load wind turbine parts has been delayed by weather and will now have to wait until the BBC India completes discharging its cargo, in 3 or 4 days. Photo taken June 8, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-19-2006