Archives for October 2006

Canadian Enterprise arriving Duluth

canadianenterprise260607-1-005
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

jawiglehart251027-2-059
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

walterjmccarthy261028-1-017
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

daviken210915-318
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

mesabiminer260914-1-069
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

federalmanitou250828-1-113
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

reserve230715-1-024
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

philiprclarke240506-1-029
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

sandviken210818-2002
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

walterjmcarthy260110-029
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

presqueisle240422-2-034
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

skaftafell261019-1-021
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

americanmariner220625-141
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

flinterduin220501-212
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

tatjana261015-2-126
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

American Spirit arrives Duluth-Superior

americanspirit261015-1-034
The American Spirit arrived Sunday (above) to load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It will take that cargo down to Zug Island, a man-made, heavily industrialized island in the city of River Rouge, just south of Detroit. The American Spirit used to be called the George A. Stinson. As the Stinson, it carried taconite for National Steel. When National Steel declared bankruptcy several years ago, the Stinson was renamed the American Spirit by the owner, American Steamship. National Steel had facilities at Zug Island, but sold them to US Steel when the company went bankrupt.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2006

Indiana Harbor arrives to large crowd

indianaharbor261014-1-059
The Indiana Harbor come into port early Saturday evening (above). It will be loading about 62,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The boat will return here next Saturday to load another 62,000 tons for Nanticoke. The American Century and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should also be in port today to load coal. Both of them will be loading 62,000 tons for Detroit Edison. The Tatjana has been delayed by weather but should be here in the late morning to discharge steel coils. It will likely depart light later in the day.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2006

Tatjana in icy fog

tatjana251205-1-098
The Tatjana will be here today to load steel coils at the Port Terminal. Built in 2000 and only 424 feet long, it is making its second visit to the Twin Ports. The first was last December (above) when it loaded grain. With one exception, the ship has always been called Tatjana. For a period in 2002, it was called the TMC Brazil. On this trip, the ship has been in the St. Lawrence Seaway System since October 3rd, discharging steel coils in Burns Harbor and then Milwaukee before sailing to Duluth. Of course, weather, as it has for 3 days, may alter any shipping activity today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2006

Canadian Provider in Twin Ports harbor

canadianprovider240916-1-012
After waiting at the anchorage for a few hours to allow high winds to subside a bit, the Canadian Provider came into port on Wednesday evening at 6:30. It went over to the Peavey elevator in Superior to begin loading grain on Thursday morning. It is a steam powered boat built in 1963 as the Murray Bay and is one of the oldest Canadian boats working on the Great Lakes. It has been here 19 times since 1996 including one trip this past July but no trips last year. The Edward L. Ryerson was getting some minor repairs on Thursday and was expected at Burlington Northern last night. Depending upon weather, it may depart that berth sometime today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2006

Varnebank loads beet pulp pellets

varnebank221003-106
After stops in Cleveland and Burns Harbor to discharge general cargo, the Varnebank arrived in Duluth on Wednesday morning. It is now loading beet pulp pellets from North Dakota that the ship will take to Spain where the pellets are used for animal feed. The American Integrity arrived last night to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. It is the 31st visit for the thousand footer. This is only the 7th visit the Varnebank has ever made to the Twin Ports. The first was on November 11, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-12-2006

Herbert C. Jackson at Aerial Lift Bridge

herbertcjackson260918-022
Today’s shipping looks almost like it was planned. Arrivals and departures are spread out evenly throughout the day, for the most part. The American Mariner and the American Integrity look like they may have to fight for a spot at Midwest Energy Resources in the late afternoon. The first one here gets the berth. Out in the lake, they probably already know who will win that race since these big boats usually run at their most efficient speed and don’t have a lot left over for racing. The Herbert C. Jackson, seen above coming under the Lift Bridge last month, should arrive very early in the morning to load grain and may be able to depart this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2006

Kaye E. James R. both Barker

kayebarker251226-1-049
The Kaye E. Barker may just miss the James R. Barker when the Kaye E. departs Duluth this morning with a cargo of coal for Marquette. A couple hours later, the James R. will be coming in to load taconite. That’s probably enough time for the Kaye E. to be out of the path of the James R. The James R. was named after the chairman of the board and president of The Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland. And yes, his wife is Kaye E. Barker. The James R. is a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports, the Kaye E. much less so. In fact, this is only the second trip here this year for the Kaye E. This will be the 18th trip here this season for the James R. Above, the Kaye E. comes into Duluth on the day after Christmas last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2006

American Century runs to Silver Bay

americancentury261008-1-014
The American Century, formerly the Columbia Star, is expected back from a quick trip to Silver Bay to deliver some coal to Minnesota Power. Today, it is loading coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. It will follow the Algosoo at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and should complete loading coal there early in the morning. That coal will go to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the American Century departed Duluth Sunday afternoon for Silver Bay.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-09-2006

Tuscarora will load wheat for Morocco

tuscarora261007-3-021
The Tuscarora arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon (above), getting a welcome from an unexpectedly large crowd. It was switching places with the just departed BBC Atlantic. The Tuscarora will be loading wheat for Morocco. The American Century, formerly the Columbia Star, will depart Duluth around noon with a load of coal for Silver Bay. The short trip will allow it to return tomorrow to load coal, this time for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. The Algosoo should be arriving here early in the afternoon to load coal and also departing later in the day. That coal will go to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-08-2006

BBC Atlantic will take wheat to Sweden

bbcatlanta261006-1-119
There is good saltie traffic today. The BBC Atlantic came in last night (above) and may leave later today with spring wheat for Sweden. The Voorneborg is due to load beet pulp pellets from North Dakota for Spain, where it is used as animal feed. It is a by product of sugar beet processing. The Tuscarora will be here to load grain. It was here many times before when it was called the Rixta Oldendorff. It will be taking wheat to Morocco.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-07-2006

Milo chased by Vista King

milo260628-1-022
The BBC Atlantic should be here today to load spring wheat for Sweden. This is a new ship, built just last year. It probably won’t surprise you to know that it has a sister ship named BBC Pacific, plus a second sister called BBC Baltic. It may be at the anchorage just off the Duluth piers by morning, waiting there for the Milo to complete loading spring wheat for Italy. The Milo was built in Japan in 1984 and started life as the Silver Leader. It has also sailed as the Alam United and the United. Above, the Milo departs the Twin Ports last June, followed closely by the Vista King cruise boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-06-2006

Alder training new officers

alder261003-1-024
The Coast Guard cutter Alder departed Duluth (above) on Wednesday morning October 4, for a training mission just beyond the Duluth piers. With four new officers joining the ship this summer, it was a chance for them to operate the ship. The strong current provided a chance to navigate under some stress. Some emergency procedures were also simulated. When their training is complete, they will function as Deck Watch Officers, meaning they will be in operational control of the ship, stationed on the bridge. There is a lot to learn on Lake Superior, within the harbor, and on the St. Louis River. With new personnel coming on board every year, training is a year-round activity on the ship.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-05-2006

Halifax approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

halifax220527-334
The Canadian flagged Halifax will be here today to load taconite. It was built in 1963 in Lauzon, Quebec as the Frankcliffe Hall and is 730 feet and two inches long. The ‘extra’ two inches made it the longest boat on the Great Lakes, a distinction that lasted until 1965. It is the last steam powered boat in the Canada Steamship fleet and is named for the capital of Nova Scotia. A self unloader was added to the deck in 1980 that has given it a longer life. A sister ship, the Baie St. Paul, without that addition, was scrapped in India in 1996. Photo taken May 27, 2002. [Halifax was scrapped in June of 2011]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2006

Paul R. Tregurtha departs Twin Ports

paulrtregurtha251008-1-010
The cruise ship Columbus starts the day, probably coming in about 5 am. It will get fuel and then move over to the DECC for the day, departing late afternoon. The Paul R. Tregurtha should be arriving shortly after the Columbus. The Tregurtha will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, as it usually does. It will make a quick trip up to Minnesota Power in Taconite Harbor and then return to the Twin Ports to load coal for its usual customer, Detroit Edison. Above, the Tregurtha departs under the Lift Bridge last October.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-03-2006

Arthur M. Anderson arriving Duluth

arthuranderson221008-108
The Borkum is coming to Duluth today to load spring wheat. The ship was built in 1994 as the Erna Oldendorff but never came to Duluth under that name. The Borkum is 485 feet long. The Rebecca may depart the Twin Ports with spring wheat for Malta. A 3rd salt water ship, the Clipper Falcon, may also depart here after loading grain. The Canadian flagged Algocape will likely continue loading grain here until Tuesday. The Arthur M. Anderson will be here with limestone to discharge before heading over to Two Harbors to load taconite. Above, it is arriving Duluth in October, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-02-2006

James R. Barker greeted by Duluth visitors

jamesrbarker260708-1-027
The number of people who are down at the ship canal has been dwindling as the weather gets colder. The James R. Barker will be arriving here today to load taconite and also departing later in the day. We will not have a welcome like we did last July 8 (above) when the 1,000 footer was arriving Duluth. On that trip, it was here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Today, it will be across the St. Louis River loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. It is the Barker’s 18th trip here this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2006