Archives for June 2007

Paul R. Tregurtha here for coal as usual

Today is another coal day. The Great Lakes largest boat, the Paul R. Tregurtha, should have arrived just after midnight to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will load about 62,000 tons and then take it to Minnesota Power at Taconite Harbor. The short trip will find it back here on Monday to load coal for its usual destination, Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. The Canadian Enterprise will probably move into the coal dock when the Tregurtha departs late morning or early afternoon. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to load and then it will depart, leaving the dock open for another 1,000-footer, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Both the McCarthy and the Canadian Enterprise will be taking their coal cargos to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the Tregurtha left the Twin Ports in June, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2007

Great Lakes Trader exits Duluth

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader is expected in port today with a cargo of limestone. The barge is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The barge was built in 2000 in Mississippi and the tug was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. The picture above, taken on December 11, 2005, shows the tug’s elevated pilot house that allows the captain a better view when navigating the vessel. With lake freighters and salt water ships, the captain is in the pilot house which is usually the highest point on the vessel, many decks above the main deck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2007

American Mariner lines up to depart Duluth

The Kapitonas Stulpinas should be arriving under the Lift Bridge very early this morning. It comes to Duluth about once a year, often, as today, to load bentonite. It was built in Ukraine in 1981 as part of the former Soviet Union’s merchant vessel fleet. Like many other ships in that fleet, it is now owned and operated by the Lithuanian Shipping Company at Klaipeda, a port located on the Baltic Sea. The heavy lift ship Fairlift is another salt water ship expected to arrive today. It has not been here since 2000, although its sister ships, the Fairlane and Fairload, have made 4 trips here since then. They always bring very heavy industrial pieces that are loaded onto rail cars at the Port Terminal and then taken to Alberta where they are used in several different oil sands projects (removing oil from sand). The American Mariner was expected last night with limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will load coal for Milwaukee. Above, it departed Duluth on June 25th, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2007

Federal Power passes under the Bridge

The Arthur M. Anderson will be here today for only the 3rd time this season. It is bringing limestone loaded in Cedarville, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CN Dock in West Duluth, it will move to Two Harbors and load taconite. The American Integrity is due mid afternoon to load coal as soon as the Algowood completes. And last night, the Federal Power came into port (above) and dropped its anchor opposite the AGP grain elevator where the Xenia was finishing up. That ship was expected to complete loading grain early this morning, so the Federal Power will likely be at the dock when the sun comes up. The Federal Power also was here in early May. Photo taken on June 26, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2007

Beluga Expectation and cranes

Two ships that brought parts for wind turbines from Spain to Duluth will be leaving today. The S. Pacific was the first ship in. After discharging the wind turbines, it went over to CHS 1 to load grain. The second ship in was the Beluga Expectation. It was expected to be finished discharging last night but will need to clean up the deck and reconfigure the ship from carrying wind turbine parts to taking grain since that is what it will be loading at Thunder Bay, its next stop. Above, the Beluga Expectation is discharging wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal on Sunday. The ship’s 2 cranes were not used for this job so they are turned away over the water. The port’s 2 gantry cranes were used. You can see them turned to the left, a position they would have if they had just lifted a piece from the ship’s hold and are now slowly setting it down onto a trailer truck. Photo taken on June 24, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2007

Beluga Expectation brings big stuff

Wind turbine towers are large cylinders that hold wind turbine blades and other hardware high up where the wind can do its work. For months, wind turbine towers have been coming into Duluth by ship and by truck, from the east and from the north. Lately we have been sending many of them south to Iowa and east to Buffalo. The one above, and 44 others, came from Spain on the Beluga Expectation and will soon be going to a wind farm in Illinois. We have so many here waiting to go somewhere that they are being moved by truck to a new holding area between slips C and D. The picture above shows the first tower section moved there on Sunday. The Port Authority gantry cranes had just lifted it out of the ship’s hold and placed it on a trailer truck that took it down a specially built road to the new site. The crane next to it had just lifted it off the trailer and placed it on the ground. They are waiting for the next one. They hope to finish tonight. Photo taken on June 24, 2007.  You can see more pictures here:
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2007

Yamaska enters Duluth harbor

Name changes are a part of the International shipping scene, including the salt water ships that come to Duluth. The Yamaska will be here today to load bentonite. This ship has not been in the Twin Ports since 1999 (above). At that time, it was called the Vamand Wave. The name change happened earlier this year and that may explain the appearance of the ship here. New owners may be changing the routes for the ship, or maybe returning to older routes. Over at the Port Terminal, the Beluga Expectation was set to move into the slip vacated by the S. Pacific. Both ships came to Duluth with wind turbine parts from Spain. The S. Pacific will now load beet pulp pellets. Photo taken on August 14, 1999.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2007

S. Pacific brings wind turbine parts

That’s Kirk Teschner high in gantry crane number 1 at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal on Friday morning. At the other end is a wind turbine hub being lifted out of the S. Pacific. The ship loaded wind turbine parts in Spain. They will be taken from Duluth by truck to wind farms in Iowa and Illinois. They hope to complete discharging the S. Pacific late Saturday. The Beluga Expectation is next. It was expected in port last night and is filled the wind turbine base units. The S. Pacific will go next to General Mills to load beet pulp pellets. Next week, after the base units are discharged, the Beluga Expectation will head for Thunder Bay to load grain.
Photo taken on June 22, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2007

S. Pacific in Duluth

In 2005, 7 boats arrived from the BBC Chartering & Logistic Company in Leer, Germany. I doubt I was alone in wondering at first why the British Broadcasting Company had gone into the shipping business. The BBC England even made two visits here and it had nothing to do with the British Broadcasting Company. The next year, 5 BBC ships made at least one visit to the Twin Ports, but until today, we had seen none this season. The BBC Mexico has nothing to do with Mexico but it will be here today to load bentonite and may depart this evening. Meanwhile, the S. Pacific, a ship that was here once last year to load wheat, arrived last night (above) to discharge wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal. Photo taken on June 21, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2007

Canadian Transfer entering ship canal

The Canadian Transfer was expected in port early this morning with 10,000 tons of salt, less than half its capacity. It may be departing sometime between 8 and 10 am. This boat is hard to find in Duluth. The last visit was in 2001 on November 29 and again on December 7th, for 7 hours on each of those trips and that includes 1 1/2 to 2 hours just getting to the dock from the Lift Bridge and back again on departure. It was created in 1998 by joining the bow of one boat with the stern of another, connected with a new 24-foot section in between. And that’s the simple part of the story. The Canadian Explorer contributed its engine room and the Hamilton Transfer the cargo hold and its self unloading system. Both boats had many names, owners and configurations before that, dating back to the 2nd World War. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal on June 4th, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2007

Cedarglen bound for CN dock

The Cedarglen came into port last night around 6:30 (above). It then went up the Duluth harbor and turned under the Blatnik Bridge, moving up the St. Louis River to the CN dock in West Duluth where it will load taconite, possibly departing early this morning. The Mesabi Miner is due sometime this morning. It will have to wait for the Paul R. Tregurtha to finish loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Tregurtha waited a good part of Tuesday for the Algowood to complete. It is a good year for coal. Photo taken on June 19, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-20-2007

Cedarglen departing Duluth harbor

The Cedarglen will be here today to load taconite. It was built in West Germany in 1959 as an ocean going ore carrier and often carried ore between Venezuela and Europe. In 1976, it was purchased by a Canadian firm to carry iron ore between Labrador and Hamilton, Ontario. Now owned by Canada Steamship Lines, it visits the Twin Ports a couple times a year. Today is the first trip this season. Last year, it loaded taconite on both trips, the years before it was usually grain. Photo taken June 16, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2007

Algowood brings salt, takes coal

Most of the 1,000-footers on the Great Lakes carry cargo down bound but not usually up bound. For example, the Indiana Harbor, due here this evening to load coal, will arrive with no cargo. It is big enough and can load enough cargo to make it an efficient boat even when it is empty half the time. Still, the ideal is to keep your boat filled with cargo. The smaller Algowood will arrive here with salt loaded at the Ojibway Salt Dock in Windsor, Ontario. It will discharge that cargo at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior, on the St. Louis River just beyond Midwest Energy Resources, the next stop for the Algowood. After discharging the salt, it will move up river a bit to load coal and will depart sometime Tuesday for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2007

Quebecois brings cement

The steam powered Quebecois will be here today for the 2nd time this season. It was also here on April 1st, at the beginning of the season (above). It was here 6 times last year. On all trips last year and this, it brought cement to discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. Built in 1966 in Montreal, it has two sister ships working the Great Lakes, the Montrealais and the Canadian Miner. The Miner is diesel powered, the other two steam. Beyond that, they are almost identical ships. Photo taken on April 01, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2007

Chase car and dog assist with Umiavut discharging

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The Dutch flagged Umiavut has been discharging parts for 32 wind turbines that will next go to a wind farm in Iowa. But first, each piece was discharged from the ship to trailer trucks that carried the pieces to another part of the Port Terminal where they will soon be put back on trucks and taken south. The pieces are big and very heavy and they need a big, specially built trailer truck to move them. And big very heavy trailer trucks need a chase car behind them to alert traffic coming up on them and to give the driver another set of eyes at the end of the very long trailer. That’s Stacy Wudtke in the driver’s seat of the chase car for one of the many half-mile trips they made on Friday from one end of the Port Authority terminal to the other. Her dog Tyler takes up the back seat, and Gus Johnson is to her left. Both work for Badger Transport Inc. in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Stacy lives in Montana. Photo taken on June 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2007

Umiavut unloading at LSW

The Dutch flagged Umiavut arrived in Duluth at 7:36 this morning. Shortly after tying up at the Lake Superior Warehousing berth at the Port Terminal, longshoremen, along with the ship’s crew, began to discharge parts for 32 wind turbines that will be taken by truck to wind farms in Iowa and Illinois. Above, they have just discharged one nacelle onto a trailer that departed for Iowa just after this picture was taken. The port’s 2 gantry cranes are turned toward the ship, dropping rigging into the ship’s cargo hold to pull up another nacelle. A nacelle is an enclosure for much of the machinery needed to operate the wind turbine. Photo taken June 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2007

Sabrina nearing Duluth ship canal

Each of the last 3 days, the port has welcomed 3 salt water ships that have never been here before. Above, the salt water ship Sabrina came into port on Wednesday afternoon to load wheat for Lisbon, Portugal at CHS in Superior. The Gadwall came into port on Tuesday evening to load beet pulp pellets for Spain at General Mills in Superior. The Hong Hong flagged Gadwall was ending her maiden voyage. Early this morning, the Dutch flagged Umiavut was scheduled to arrive with wind turbine parts loaded in Spain. Photo taken June 13, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2007

Gadwall arrives Duluth from anchor

The Gadwall has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for a day but came in last night around 8 pm (above). This is the end of the maiden voyage for the brand new ship, flying a Hong Kong flag and owned by the Gadwall Shipping Company in Hong Kong. The ship is operated with officers and crew all from China. While here, they will be loading beet pulp pellets, a by-product of sugar beet processing in North Dakota and used for animal feed in Europe. Photo taken on June 12, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2007

John D. Leitch approaching Twin Ports

Four boats will be coming into port to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The first two, the St. Clair and the John D. Leitch, should be here in the early morning. The St. Clair may depart mid morning and the Leitch mid afternoon. While they were loading coal, we expect the James R. Barker will arrive and be a waiting line of one. The American Mariner will then add itself to the line. The Hong Kong flagged Gadwall arrived off the Duluth piers last night and dropped anchor, waiting for the Adam E. Cornelius to complete loading grain at CHS 1 in Superior. Above, the Canadian flagged John D. Leitch comes into port in May of last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth as Oglebay Norton

Today, most of the traffic has already passed under the Lift Bridge or it will do so much later in the day. The American Integrity is the exception, expected out this morning, assuming it arrived as expected last night. The boat usually loads coal but today is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. The Algowood may have come and gone today by breakfast. It was expected in just after midnight to load coal. A salt water ship named the Gadwall should be arriving this evening and dropping anchor off the Duluth piers. This boat is brand new. It will load beet pulp pellets when it comes in. Above, the American Integrity is leaving Duluth in April 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. The name change happened last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2007

Edwin H. Gott at winter layup

The Edwin H. Gott is expected here this morning to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth for Nanticoke, Ontario. Although it spent the winter in Duluth at the Port Terminal (above), until today the Gott has only been back two other times this season. Most of the time, the Gott has been loading taconite at Two Harbors for Gary, Indiana with some trips, as today, taking taconite to Nanticoke. The Gott is the most powerful boat on the Great Lakes, generating 19,500 hp with two diesel engines. Built in 1979 at Sturgeon Bay, it was named for the president of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. Photo taken January 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2007

Philip R. Clarke arrives Duluth harbor

The Philip R. Clarke is bringing in a load of limestone from Calcite, Michigan. When they complete discharging the limestone, the boat will depart Duluth to load taconite for Gary at Two Harbors. This will be the 3rd time the Clarke has been to the Twin Ports this season. It also brought limestone on the previous two trips. The Clark loads a lot of taconite at Two Harbors for Gary, Indiana, but spends a good bit of time in the lower lakes moving coal and limestone to a variety of ports including South Chicago, Wyandotte and Stoneport in Michigan, Toledo and Green Bay. Above, the Clarke has just entered the Duluth harbor on October 21st, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2007

Boats in the harbor

The coal lineup is about straightened out, if in fact, the Indiana Harbor did depart with coal late last night or early this morning, and if the Algolake, who had been waiting at the inside anchorage in the Duluth harbor, went over to Midwest Energy and took Indiana Harbor’s place and completed its load and departed, and if the Paul R. Tregurtha, which entered the harbor around 6 pm last night and waited at the Port Terminal for the Indiana Harbor to finish and the Algolake to finish, perhaps around 3 or 4 in the morning, went over to Midwest to load its share of coal, about 62,000 tons, then the waiting line is empty. That said, and done, the Paul R. Tregurtha should finish around 3 this afternoon and depart under the Lift Bridge a little later. Then, they can rest over at Midwest Energy until around 6 pm on Sunday when the American Integrity is set to come in for coal. Above, last night around 6 pm, the Algolake was at the inside anchorage (left) and the Paul R. Tregurtha had just come under the bridge and was on its way to its waiting station, the Port Terminal. Photo taken on June 07, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2007

Federal Rideau coming for wheat

The Federal Rideau came under the Lift Bridge on Tuesday afternoon (above) to load wheat for Spain. The Hong Kong flagged salt water ship should complete today and depart the port. It was a coal day yesterday and again today. The American Mariner arrived yesterday to load coal and it departed yesterday with coal for Ashland. It is scheduled to return today for more coal, this time for Milwaukee. The Canadian Enterprise, James R. Barker and Indiana Harbor were also in for coal. The Barker spent most of the day waiting at the Port Terminal. This morning will likely find the Indiana Harbor waiting there for the same berth. And somewhere, the Algolake, Paul R. Tregurtha and the ever present American Mariner will have to find a spot in the waiting room. Then, if all of them get their coal, we will have two days with no coal, or rather the workforce at Midwest Energy Resources will have two days without coal, probably not a bad thing in this case. Photo taken on June 05, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2007

Cason J. Callaway loading sinter

The Cason J. Callaway is expected in port today with limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CN dock in West Duluth, it will move over to the Hallett dock to load sinter. Above, Hallett personnel are using two front end loaders to feed two conveyors going directly into 2 Callaway cargo holds last July. At right, one of the loaders is dumping sinter into a hopper at the base of one of the conveyors. The second conveyor can be seen at the left. The bow of the Callaway is in the background. Sinter is low grade iron ore material that is found at the end of a pellet run and is brought down from Iron Range taconite mines by train. Photo taken on July 27, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2007

Federal Rideau all tethered down

The Federal Rideau should be coming under the Lift Bridge this afternoon. The Hong Kong flagged salt water ship will be here for about two days loading wheat for Spain. Before coming to the Twin Ports, the Federal Rideau was in Detroit discharging a cargo of steel. This is the ship’s 5th visit to the Twin Ports since it was built in 2000 in Oshima, Japan. Above, the ship was here in November, 2003 to discharge a cargo of lumber at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2007

Veerseborg approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

Two Wagenborg ships are coming into port today. Both will be loading beet pulp pellets at General Mills, the Vancouverborg at the terminal in Superior, the Veerseborg at the Duluth terminal. The Vancouverborg is set to arrive around 6 am while the Veerseborg will arrive later in the day. The Veerseborg was called the Matfen when it was here last. The ship now operates with the original name. Typically of salt water ships, both have also flown under a variety of flags during their time on the sea. Photo taken on June 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2007

Joseph L. Block unloading

The Joseph L. Block should have arrived earlier this morning with a cargo of limestone to discharge at the CN dock and the Hallett dock, both in West Duluth. This is only the second visit to the Twin Ports for the Block this year. It was here 14 times last year. In the picture above, the Block is discharging limestone at the Hallett Dock #8 in Superior. The 250 foot self unloader that we see sitting on the deck when the Block comes under the Lift Bridge is swung out to the side to discharge the cargo onto the ground. Quite often it is also swung over to the side when the boat is loading cargo, although in that case, it is to keep it out of the way while a loader is pouring cargo into the boat’s holds. Photo taken on November 22, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2007

Busch Buffalo bound

The tug Gregory J. Busch came into port a couple days ago to load wind turbine base units built by DMI Industries in West Fargo, North Dakota. They were brought down here by truck. For two days, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing have been loading those units onto the barge the Busch brought with it. Specially built hardware was attached to each piece and the port’s two gantry cranes slowly lifted the piece, with hardware, onto the barge. Above, you can see they were starting on the second, and last, tier yesterday, using the hardware to connect the first tier units with those on the second tier. When they complete loading the barge, possibly later today, they will depart the port for Buffalo where the base units will be discharged onto trucks and taken to a wind farm in upper New York State. Photo taken on June 01, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2007

Adam E. Cornelius departs in April ice

We load a lot of ships here for some exotic ports, such as Algeria, Iceland, the South coast of France and Venezuela to name a few. And with apologies to the following, we also load cargo for less exotic ports on the Great Lakes, such as Lorain, Ohio or Gary, Indiana. But I never thought of Buffalo as a major destination for our cargo ships but today, it is. The Adam E. Cornelius should be departing Duluth later today with wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years. The tug Gregory J. Busch arrived here yesterday with a barge ready to be loaded with wind turbine base units. They were built by DMI Industries in West Fargo and sent here by truck. The tug was here late last year to take one load of base units to Buffalo but bad weather kept if from making a second trip. Today, it is here for that second trip and it should be back for more wind turbine base units, all of which will be shipped out of Buffalo to wind turbine farms in upper New York state. Above, the Cornelius departs Duluth with wheat for Buffalo on April 11th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2007