Archives for August 2007

Beluga Constitution greeted by friends

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The Beluga Constitution returned to Duluth yesterday (above) with the same cargo it brought here when it was here in July; wind turbine parts built in Spain and destined for a wind turbine farm in North Dakota. The Constitution was part of a big traffic day on Thursday, much of it coming in. That means today will be a high traffic day going out. Three salt water ships operated by Fednav in Montreal are in port and all three are expected to depart today. They are distinguished by their very red color. The BBC Finland is expected in today. It had three names before it ever got out of the shipyard, the last one being BBC Finland. Most BBC ships are owned by a company in Germany. This one is owned by a company in Italy and flies an Italian flag. If that isn’t enough, the Socrates will be here today, although it is now called the Ypermachos. There is even a boat in port today that will be loading coal and one loading taconite. Photo taken on August 30, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2007

Spruceglen as Spruceglen in a pickle

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On August 29, 2002, the salt water ship Fraser failed to make the turn toward the Lift Bridge and went aground in front of the Paulucci Pavilion at Bayfront Park. Yesterday, exactly 5 years later, the same boat, now called the Spruceglen and flying a Canadian flag, had finished loading grain at the Cargill elevator in Duluth and was about to depart when they realized the boat, at midships, was sitting on the bottom of the slip. Happily, this year, local tugs were able to pull the boat off the bottom (above) fairly easily and after a short wait at the inner anchorage, it left Duluth early last night. Five years ago, local tugs pulled the boat off the bottom, but it took at least 4 tugs and all of the next day to do it. Photo taken on August 29, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-30-2007

CSL Tadoussac departing Duluth

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Bentonite, beans, coal, taconite, wheat and sand are a sampling of the menu today in the Port of Duluth Superior. We will have to wait for the Beluga Constitution to arrive later this week to add wind mills to the list. Eight vessels will be arriving, 5 under the Lift Bridge and 6 vessels will depart the Twin Ports today, 5 of them under the Lift Bridge. The Federal Mattawa will be making its first trip to the Twin Ports. It was built in China in 2005. The CSL Tadoussac will be here today to load taconite. Above, the freighter is departing Duluth in July, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2007

Spruceglen as Fraser in a pickle

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The Spruceglen has two local claims to fame. At one time, it was named the Federal St. Louis, in honor of the river running between Duluth and Superior. Then there was the day, exactly 5 years ago tonight, when the ship, then called the Fraser, failed to make the turn to the Lift Bridge while trying to depart Duluth. It went aground just beyond Bayfront Park and the Paulucci Pavilion (above). The ship, now called the Spruceglen, should have arrived earlier this morning and is loading grain at the Cargill grain elevator in Duluth. Since Cargill is straight behind the Lift Bridge, the ship should be able depart without having to make the turn. Photo taken on August 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2007

Algomarine in Twin Ports harbor

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Three US flagged thousand footers should be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will have to wait for the 730 foot, Canadian flagged Algomarine to finish up. It was due in shortly after midnight. Seldom seen in the Twin Ports, the Algomarine was just here one week ago. Since 2002, it has only visited here once earlier this year, and once last year. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should closely follow the Algomarine into port and will have to wait for the berth. The McCarthy will likely wait on the Algomarine again when it gets to Ontario Power Generation later this week. That is also the destination for the Algomarine. It was built in 1968 as the Lake Manitoba. The McCarthy was built as the Belle River in 1977. Above, the Algomarine departs Duluth last July.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2007

Block arrives to large crowd

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All hands were on deck and waving as the Joseph L. Block came into port around 6:30 on Saturday evening (above). The 728 foot freighter brought limestone to the CN dock in West Duluth. When they complete discharging that cargo, they will move next door to the Hallett Dock to begin loading taconite by-product. Then they will go to the Two Harbors CN dock to complete loading taconite, departing Duluth about the same time they came in last night. Photo taken on August 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-26-2007

Beluga Elegance unloading

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The German owned Beluga Elegance came into port Thursday morning at 8:45 with a cargo of wind turbine base units and nacelles. A sister ship, the Beluga Expectation, brought a similar cargo here a couple weeks ago, and another sister, the Beluga Constitution, will be here next week with more wind turbine parts. All of these pieces were loaded at the Spanish port of Bilbao. The parts will be taken to the Tatanka wind farm in McPherson County in South Dakota. Photo taken on August 24, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-25-2007