Archives for June 2007

Paul R. Tregurtha here for coal as usual

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: http://www.lswci.com/belugaexpectation2007.html
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2007

Yamaska enters Duluth harbor

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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