Archives for October 2006

Canadian Enterprise arriving Duluth

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The Gales of November came a little early on Monday. As anyone who was close by Lake Superior yesterday knows, there was a big blow on the lake, as a crew member on the J.A.W. Iglehart described it to me on Sunday evening. Gusts up to 40 mph were reached, all from the east. Today, the winds will be just as fierce but from the west. I am not sure what that might do to ship traffic. The Monday line up at Midwest Energy Resources to load coal has spread out a little. The Indiana Harbor made it in yesterday to get coal and the John B. Aird should have arrived late last night, weather permitting as we must say at all times. The Canadian Enterprise should be here today. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2006

Iglehart approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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It will be another busy day today at the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior. Five boats are scheduled to arrive in port today to load coal. Some of those boats may slow down out in the Lake while others may drop anchor off the Duluth piers. The J.A.W. Iglehart will be coming here to discharge cement for perhaps the last time this season. It is set to move into layup here as soon as the cement cargo is discharged from the boat. High wind has delayed the Iglehart but the Captain picked up his anchor in Whitefish Bay last night at 8 pm and turned toward Duluth. With no more problems, the boat should be arriving Duluth Monday evening. Above, the Iglehart arrives Duluth in late October, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2006

McCarthy greeted at Canal Park

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The Canadian Transport brought salt into port on Saturday, and then waited for the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources before moving over there to load coal as its departing cargo also. The McCarthy came into port about 1 pm on Saturday (above). It has averaged about 12 hours in port on each of its 34 visits here this season, so it probably departed around 1 am this morning. It takes about an hour to go between Midwest Energy and the Lift Bridge, leaving about 10 hours for loading coal. The Transport, a smaller boat, only takes about 5 hours to load coal so it will probably depart under the Lift Bridge around 6 or 7 this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2006

Daviken enters canal to welcoming crowd

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Today, we have lots of coal going out the door, in fact there will likely be a boat or two waiting in line to get a berth at Midwest Energy Resources. And some more taconite from Burlington Northern is going to Algeria by way of a salt water ship, in this case, the Norwegian owned Daviken. Its sister ship, the Sandviken, was just here a few days ago loading grain. This is only the 5th trip the Daviken has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. On its last trip here, in May of 2004, it loaded chrome ore for Sweden, a very usual cargo and destination for ships loading out of Duluth Superior. Above, it is arriving Duluth in September, 2001. The Dutch flagged Victoriaborg will be arriving to load a more mundane cargo, beet pulp pellets that will be used for animal feed in Spain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2006

Mesabi Miner greeted by North Pier Light

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The Mesabi Miner was greeted by a good crowd when it entered the Duluth ship canal last month on September 14th. It has been here 4 times since then, each time, as today, loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. For the year, this will be its 25th visit to the Twin Ports. On eleven of those trips, it loaded coal at Midwest Energy across the St. Louis River from the CN Dock. The other trips found it loading taconite at CN.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2006

Federal Manitou

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The Federal Manitou should be coming under the Lift Bridge around 6 am. It probably arrived some hours earlier and waited at anchor for the sun to come up. It will be loading wheat for Algeria. In a troubled world, international crews must learn to work together. The Federal Manitou has crew members from Estonia, China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Russia and Latvia. The Federal Manitou is a new ship, built in 2004. This is only the second trip here: it first arrived in the Twin Ports in August last year (above). Of note is the visit of the Lee A. Tregurtha to Two Harbors. This former steam power boat was just repowered with a new diesel engine and is making its first visit since that conversion to this end of Lake Superior. It has been back in service since September 29.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2006

Reserve has been sold

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The Reserve should be here today to load taconite. It will likely follow the Philip R. Clarke at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It came in for winter lay up on January 12th of this year (the last shipping season) and in early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. This will be the 9th trip here for the Reserve this season. That is about the number of trips it has made here for the last several seasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2006

Philip R. Clarke a regular visitor to Twin Ports

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The Philip R. Clarke is expected in port this evening with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. When that discharge is complete, it will go to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite for Detroit. The Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are called AAA class vessels. The boat has been updated several times over its life, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat. This is the Clarke’s 12 visit here this season. It came here 13 times last year, and 12 the year before that.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2006

Sandviken in the Duluth shipping canal

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After a stop in Chicago to discharge general cargo, the Sandviken should be arriving today to load grain. The Sandviken is Norwegian owned. Viken in Norwegian means Bay. Sandviken is a location just outside Bergen, Norway, the home office of the owner, Viken Shipping. Other ships owned by them that also come to Duluth are the Daviken, Goviken, Inviken and Utviken. Above, the Sandviken enters the Duluth ship canal in August, 2001. This is the first trip here for the ship since August, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2006

McCarthy nearing South Pier Light

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is returning today from delivering coal to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe. That is its usual cargo and destination and they will be repeating that on this trip also. It is expected around sunrise and that should allow it to depart under the Lift Bridge sometime in the afternoon. This will be the McCarthy’s 34th trip this season taking cargo out of the port. It will probably continue this pattern until the middle of January when all shipping in the port will shut down for about 2 months. Above, it is coming into port on January 10th this year, ending its last trip of the season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2006

Presque Isle

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The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and brought it to the Twin Ports, arriving late Friday morning. It is now loading taconite for Nanticoke and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor in April, 2004. This is the 12th trip here for the Presque Isle this season, a unique tug-barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet long. It always departs with taconite and like today, sometimes brings limestone in. 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 and the vessel was launched.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2006

Skaftafell passes Duluth North Pier Light

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The Skaftafell arrived Duluth on Thursday afternoon (above). At 8 am this morning, longshoremen at the Port Terminal will begin to load large electrical modules onto the deck of the ship. When completed, perhaps later today, the ship will take them to Iceland where they will be used at aluminum smelters. These smelters are operated by Alcoa and other companies in Iceland because of the abundant geothermal power available there, created from many volcanoes and geysers located beneath the surface of the earth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2006

American Mariner visits the Twin Ports

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I was asking about Skaftafell and people looked down on the ground for their Skaftas. No, the ship named the Skaftafell. It is coming to Duluth to load very large electrical modules to take to Iceland. The BBC India was here earlier loading the same modules for Iceland. It turns out that Skaftafell is the name of a National Park in Iceland that is close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. This is a good day for ship names. The Nina and the Flinterduin should be departing with grain, as will or did the Beluga Indication. And, closer to home, the American Mariner makes its 27th visit today. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2006

Flinterduin arrives Duluth ship canal

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The Flinterduin should be here today to load durum wheat for Algeria. It was also here in May, 2002 and again in May the next year. On those trips it was loading barley to be used in England to brew Budweiser beer. We haven’t had many visits lately from ‘beer boats.’ Above, it is arriving Duluth on its first trip here in 2002. The Flinterduin has sister ships that have also visited the Twin Ports: the Flintereems, Flintermaas, Flinterdijk and most recently the Flinterspirit was here in August, bringing 69 pieces of a crane that will be used to build wind turbines, first in Mower County and then in North Dakota. That was the Flinterspirit’s first trip here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2006

Tatjana at work in Twin Ports

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The Beluga Indication should be arriving here this morning to load soybeans. It may leave before the day is over. This ship is part of the I-series of ships in the Beluga Group, a shipping company located in Bremen, Germany. It was built in 2000. Two other sisters, the Beluga Inspiration and the Beluga Independence, were both built in 2001. None of these ships have ever been here. The Beluga Endurance was here in September, 2005. You may guess which Series it belongs to. It has many sisters, all built within the last 3 years. They are the Beluga – Evaluation, Expectation, Energy, Enterprise, Endeavour, Eternity, Emotion, Efficiency and the Beluga Elegance. There are 4 ships in the P Series. They will be built in 2009.  Above, the Tatjana was discharging steel coils on Sunday night.
[Many changes have come to the Beluga Fleet in 2011.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-17-2006