Archives for April 2007

Federal Patroller has had many names

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On April 19th, the Federal Patroller departed Montreal for Burns Harbor to discharge general cargo. On the 24th, it left Burns Harbor for Duluth, arriving Sunday around 5 pm (above). It was last here in April, 2004 but it was called the Atlantic Patroller. Built in 1999, it has also been named the Atlantic Pride, the Seaboard Rover and the African Patroller. It is the first of two ships that will be loading chromium ore at the Hallett Dock in the next couple days. Both ships will carry the cargo to Sweden where it is used in the making of steel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-30-2007

Presque Isle, a tug and a barge

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After discharging taconite in Conneaut, Ohio, the Presque Isle will be here today to load more taconite. Above, it is departing Duluth on August 2, 2002. This is the 3rd trip here for the Presque Isle this month. It is a unique tug-barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet long. When here, it usually loads taconite. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan and the body of the barge was built in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1973, all the pieces were joined there and the vessel was launched as the second 1,000 foot vessel on the Great Lakes. The Stewart J. Cort, also in port today, was the first 1,000 footer on the Great Lakes. It was launched in 1972, also at Erie.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-29-2007

The Fairlane officers and crew

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The Dutch flagged Fairlane arrived in Duluth on Tuesday morning with heavy equipment. After discharging that cargo, they were scheduled to depart shortly after midnight this morning. During a break, the Captain and crew posed for a picture. First row: able seaman Quillermo Denampo Jr (Filipino), able seaman Victor P. Amponin (Filipino), cadet Nicolaas A Snijder (Dutch), welder Virgilio A. Pacturan (Filipino), 3rd mate Martin J. P Kalsbeek (Dutch) Second row: cadet Andrew J. Dudley (Canadian), Gp Steward Sisenando de G Vergara (Filipino), cook Fernando J. Jarino (Filipino), boatswain Ray D Daroy (Filipino), stewardess Maria Jose da Ponte Pacheco (Dutch) Third row: 2nd engineer Patrick L. G. Feddes (Dutch), chief officer Meindert F Schermer (Dutch), assistant engineer Jose M Chantre Lopes (Portuguese), 2nd mate Jeroen van Boheemen (Dutch), Captain Wilhelmus W. G. van Vugt (Dutch) Fourth row: Port Captain R. Dudley, able seaman Jerry Francisco (Filipino), able seaman Sergio Ortega Jr. (Filipino), O/S Albert G Diana (Filipino)
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-28-2007

The tug Mark Hannah brings salt water

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The tug Mark Hannah arrived in port on Thursday morning with a barge filled with calcium chloride, otherwise known as saltwater. The cargo was pumped from salt mines near Ludington, Michigan. The source of the calcium chloride is essentially a well near or in a salt mine. It is a high grade liquid (42% salt content) that needs to be diluted a bit here before it is sent to the end customer, mostly county highway departments in Minnesota. They use it to keep the dust down on road construction or maintenance projects. The tug barge is owned and operated by Hannah Marine, located in a suburb of Chicago. They have the largest U.S. flagged liquid bulk fleet on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-27-2007

Moving the Schnabel car

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Spring time is a time to go outside and get some exercise. It turns out rail road cars also need exercise. The world’s largest rail car is the Schnabel, Model CEBX-800. When not in use, it is kept at the Port Terminal. It has been there since it was used to carry a very large piece of equipment from Duluth to an oil sands project in Alberta in December, 2005. William Bingman is the Schnabelmeister. He is on the car when it is in use; otherwise, he is in Hawaii. But he does come here once a year (not in the winter) to give a yearly maintenance check to the car. It is only connected to a locomotive when it is going somewhere; otherwise it stays in one place. On Tuesday, Bingman borrowed Zoran Pedisic, stevedore at Lake Superior Warehousing Company, and a rather large lift truck, connected the two together and asked Pedisic to move it up and down the track for a few laps to make sure the wheels were rotated and in good working order. In the picture above, that’s the Schnabel behind Pedisic. It is bright red. The Schnabelmeister is watching every rotation but is not in the picture.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-26-2007

Algosoo here for coal

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Just when it was starting to look like we might not get so many visits from salt water ships this season, we are now expecting 7 of them in the next week. The Fairlane and the Irma should be arriving a little after the sun rises at 6:05 this morning. Both may make pretty pictures if you can get down to the lake in time. Ships often do not arrive on time, but the salt water ships that are set to arrive around 6 am in the morning often arrive on time since they set that time while out on the lake for convenience. Arriving at 6 am gives them an hour to tie up at the berth, and another hour to process customs and other legal paper work. Then they are ready to greet Duluth’s longshoremen and get on with the work of, in the case of the Fairlane, discharging heavy equipment and in the case of the Irma, loading grain. Above, the Algosoo was expected here just after midnight to load coal. That put her departure not too much after the two salt water ships arrive.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2007

Polish flagged Irma here for 12th trip

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The Polish owned and operated Irma will be here today for the 12th time since it was built in 2000 in Japan. It only made one trip in 2005 and only one in 2006. The ship has 6 regular cargo holds and it will be filling each hold with a different grain on this trip. Usually a ship will load only one type of grain, or perhaps two. The Irma is a modern ship with a lot of computer controlled activities. The engine room is unmanned, although an alarm system will activate when a computer detects a problem needing human intervention. It usually carries a crew of 20, on past trips, all from Poland. Above, it is departing Duluth after loading grain in May, 2002. You can see 3 onboard cranes that are used for handling cargo, although they are not usually used when the ship is in the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-23-2007