Archives for April 2007

Federal Patroller has had many names

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The James R. Barker took coal to Marquette, Michigan on St. Pat’s Day

At the beginning of the season, the Mesabi Miner loaded 3 cargos of coal for Lake Superior ports before any other boats had moved. Last year, the James R. Barker did the same thing. Above, the Barker is departing Duluth last year for Marquette, Michigan on March 17th. Today, the Barker was expected to leave Taconite Harbor early this morning to return to the Twin Ports to load coal. This will be its 5th trip here this season. The boat split the first 4 trips evenly between coal and taconite. The Barker was launched in 1976, a year before its fleet mate the Mesabi Miner was launched. Both are 1,000 feet long and are owned and operated by Interlake Steamship in Cleveland. This year, both boats are alternating loads of coal with loads of taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-22-2007

Vista King and Vista Star come out for spring

The Duluth inner harbor witnessed two important signs of spring on Friday, despite the continued presence of floating ice. Both the Vista King and the Vista Star made their way from their winter home at Fraser Shipyards in Superior to their summer positions; the King tying up at the the dock in front of the DECC while the Star pulled up just in front of the William A. Irvin, and next to the Sundew. That brings up the second sign. Our infamous Minnesota Slip Bridge went up on the first try, a true harbinger of a great summer to come. With the bridge up, the Star went under (above) and assumed its usual position. Later today, the Kwintebank will be arriving to load beet pulp pellets. We usually have about thirty visits a year from the Wagenborg boats, this being the first of them.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-21-2007

Atlantic Erie goes through ice with grain

There should be 4 boats arriving today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Three of the boats are US flagged 1,000-footers taking coal to 3 different ports. When they are through, the Canadian Transport will move in although it may drop anchor off the Duluth piers until the big guys get done. The 3 thousand footers, the James R. Barker, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Paul R. Tregurtha will be taking coal to Taconite Harbor, Nanticoke and Detroit respectively. The Canadian Transport will take coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the Atlantic Erie departed Duluth late Thursday afternoon with grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-20-2007

Philip R. Clarke brings limestone from Calcite, Michigan

The Philip R. Clarke loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is expected here today to discharge part of that cargo at the Hallett #8 Dock in Superior before moving across the St. Louis River to discharge the rest of the limestone at the CN Dock in West Duluth. That completed, it will load taconite pellets at the CN Dock and then depart Duluth for Conneaut, Ohio. Above, the Clarke arrives in Duluth last October. 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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/19/2007

Canadian Progress to load coal

The Canadian Progress (now Algoma Progress) arrived in port last night, making its 2nd trip of the year. It was first here on April 9th. Both trips found the boat loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. That is the usual loading dock for the Canadian Progress, and like all the trips it makes to the Twin Ports, it will carry the cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian Progress has a 250 foot self unloading boom to discharge its cargo. When under way, the boom sits on the deck of the boat as above on a trip here in 2004. When loading coal here, the boom is swung out over the river (St. Louis) so it is out of the way as the coal loader moves up and down the deck pouring coal into the boat’s cargo holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/18/2007

Going to Two Harbors on a dredge

The crane barge Dean R. Smith was pushed out of the Duluth piers by the tug Miss Laura early Monday evening. In the picture above they are just beyond the North Pier Light, making a turn toward Two Harbors. Owned and operated by Marine Tech, a local dredging and construction company, the rig will spend two to three days in Two Harbors doing routine maintenance at the CN taconite dock. The rig carries a crew of 4. They do double duty as the crew for the rig when it is under power on the lake and as the work crew for the project. On some jobs, they would spend the night on the tug, but since Two Harbors is close by, they will return home each evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/16/2007


Paul R. Tregurtha crewmembers come home to Duluth

Brad Johnson and Brian Gallop didn’t just arrive in Duluth on the Paul R. Tregurtha Sunday afternoon to work. They were both coming home as well. Brad (above, left) is second cook on the boat. When not on the boat, he is at home in Cloquet. Brian (above, right) is a conveyor man on the boat and calls Grand Rapids home. The Tregurtha is here about once a week during the season, giving both a chance to get some home cooking once in a while. They probably departed the Midwest Energy Resource Dock in Superior earlier this morning, taking about 62,000 tons of coal to the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/16/2007

Cason J. Callaway brings limestone from Calcite

The Cason J. Callaway came into port on Saturday morning at 12:47 with the first cargo of limestone for the year. Loaded in Calcite, Michigan, it first discharged that cargo and then loaded taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It likely departed Duluth this morning, about the same time it arrived the day before, headed for Conneaut, Ohio, a port on Lake Erie. Above, the Callaway on March 9th of this year, at winter lay up at Fraser Shipyards. Above the boat is the Blatnik Bridge and in front, on the right, is the St. Clair, another laker also at Fraser for the winter.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/15/2007