Archives for September 2007

Ziemia Cieszynska in early morning light

It’s the time of the year when you can go down to the Lake in the early morning and take some good sunrise pictures and still get your sleep and be warm. In the summer, sunrise is too early; in the winter, sunrise is too cold. Saturday morning might have been the best. The Ziemia Cieszynska cooperated by arriving off the Duluth piers on Friday evening so it would be there when the sun appeared. At least 4 people were under the North pier light as the sun came up (above). The Ziemia Cieszynska is waiting for the Redhead to complete loading wheat at AGP. The Ziemia Cieszynska will follow the Redhead there, loading both durum wheat and spring wheat for Antwerp, Belgium. Photo taken on September 29, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2007

Presque Isle departs with a wave to CSL Tadoussac

Above, two ships are passing in the night, or rather, early Friday evening, the tug barge Presque Isle, while departing Duluth, passed behind the CSL Tadoussac as it was coming in. The Presque Isle was taking taconite pellets to Nanticoke. The Tadoussac was replacing the Presque Isle at the CN dock in West Duluth and was also loading taconite. Photo taken on September 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2007

Nice weather…for ducks

It isn’t even October and the ducks are flying in Duluth, or rather sailing. Earlier this week, we had two ‘duck’ ships here, the Bluewing and the Greenwing. Today, 2 more duck ships will be arriving, the Redhead and the Cinnamon. All these ducks are loading grain for overseas ports. Above, the Cinnamon was here in November, 2004 loading grain. There has been a line waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Paul R. Tregurtha moved over there late Thursday afternoon and has probably already departed, allowing the American Integrity to move in. Before it moves out later today, the Mesabi Miner will likely arrive to wait and early this afternoon, the St. Clair will join the line. With all the waiting, it is too bad it isn’t duck hunting season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2007

Charles M. Beeghly

Two salt water ships should be coming under the Lift Bridge today. The Uta is expected in from the anchorage and the Beluga Expectation should be coming in sometime this morning. Both will load grain. Before 4 more salt water ships arrive on Friday, three thousand footers will be here today to load coal, the Paul R. Tregurtha, Indiana Harbor and American Integrity. The Charles M. Beeghly was expected in late last night to load taconite. Above, it is moving through the harbor on August 18, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-27-2007

Grigoriy Aleksandrov departs Duluth

Longshoremen and agents may get a rest today. Three salt water ships departed Duluth with grain late Tuesday afternoon, and another was set to depart later in the evening. That leaves one more still in port (Pilica). We expect no new salties today but three more are expected on Thursday. The Russian flagged Grigoriy Aleksandrov departed Tuesday afternoon (above) with spring wheat. To get here, it traveled the entire seaway in ballast (no cargo) as did the Bluewing that departed on Monday. That indicates a good world wide demand for Midwestern grain since it is expensive for a ship to travel any great distance (such as the entire St. Lawrence Seaway system) without carrying cargo. Photo taken on September 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-26-2007

Pilica crew on break

One salt water ship departed yesterday and another one came in from the anchorage (Vancouverborg). Today, we expect 3 more to depart and one new one to arrive. The new arrival is the Pilica, a Polish owned ship that flies a Maltese flag. Launched in 1999, it will be making its 8th trip to the Twin Ports, about one trip a year. It was not here in 1999 but came twice the next year. During the second trip, in July, some of the crew took a moment from work for a photograph (above). The crew was all Polish on that trip. Photo taken on July 26, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-25-2007

Canadian Progress backdrop for wedding

On Sunday, the Canadian Progress appeared off the Duluth piers in time for the wedding of Brandon and Jessie Pritchard in the Rose Garden. Jessie is from White Bear Lake. Her new husband will soon be returning to Groton, Connecticut where he serves on the USS Hawaii, the Navy’s newest attack submarine. Undoubtedly, crews on the two ships at anchor, the Vancouverborg and the Grigoriy Aleksandrov, watched the festivities. It appears that folks on the Vista King, moving toward the Canadian Progress, may not have known about the wedding. Anyone in the Rose Garden on Sunday might also have seen the Adam E. Cornelius, the American Spirit, the Tuscarora, the John J. Boland, the Isadora, and the Inviken pass by. It was a busy day all around. Photo taken on September 23, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-24-2007

Bluewing ducks around the dredge

The corner of the Duluth harbor by Bayfront Park was a busy place on Saturday. The Marine Tech dredge has been there for a couple weeks (and will be there until the ice comes back). The Greenwing came under the Lift Bridge at 2:30 and went to the AGP elevator to load grain (background). An hour and twenty minutes later, a sister ship, the Bluewing, arrived and moved into the berth at Cargill, just next door to AGP. Both ships are 611 feet long, were built in China in 2002 and were named after ducks. Photo taken on September 22, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2007

American Courage arrives Twin Ports

The American Courage came into port on Friday evening (above) with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the stone, the boat will move up to Silver Bay today to take on a cargo of taconite that it will take down to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. After discharging some of the cargo there, it will go up the River to the Mittal Steel plant to discharge the rest of the taconite. Photo taken on September 21, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2007

Halandriani frequently renamed

The Halandriani is at anchor waiting for the Federal Danube to complete loading at the CHS #1 grain terminal in Superior. This is the 15th trip here for this ship since 1996 although some of those visits came when it was called the Ocean Leader and the Chios Pride. It was launched in 1981 as the Regent Palm, and was renamed the World Palm, Protoporos III, Crystal B and Ocean Leader prior to becoming the Chios Pride in 1997. Above, the ship is coming into the Duluth harbor in July, 2001 when it was the Chios Pride.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2007

Federal Danube enters Duluth ship canal

The Federal Danube arrived in Duluth on Wednesday afternoon to load durum wheat for Ravenna, Italy. The Federal Danube has a mixed crew that includes sailors from Poland, Croatia and the Philippines, among other nationalities. The ship and its crew are never really home in one place. Home is the world and the crew gets on and off at many different times and places. Today, a new first mate is flying into Duluth from Poland to replace the current first mate who will be flying home to Yugoslavia later today. Above, the Federal Danube made the turn into the Duluth ship canal from the outer anchorage on Wednesday afternoon. Photo taken on September 19, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2007

Antikeri gets tug assist

It is September and it is harvest time and Duluth will see a lot of salt water ships coming into port to take the harvest out to the world this year. Thirteen salt water ships will be here in the next 7 days. The first of them will likely be the Americaborg, built just this year. The Antikeri will also arrive today. It is making its 10th trip here since 1996. Above, it is coming into port with the help of two local tugs in December, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-19-2007

Voyageur Independent at grain dock

The Canadian flagged Voyageur Independent is due here today to load spring wheat at the Cargill elevator in Duluth. This boat came here many times when it was called the Kinsman Independent but trips to the Twin Ports have been rare since it was sold in May, 2005 to a Canadian company, Voyageur Marine Transport. It is now a very bright blue instead of the Kinsman’s understated red. It was built in 1952 propelled by a steam turbine engine. The new company installed a new diesel engine in the boat and added new computer controls, eliminating much of the old engine control room.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-18-2007

Paul R. gets a high 5

A big crowd on a beautiful day greeted the Paul R. Tregurtha as she went under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon. A special greeting with a shoulder assist was given to some lucky passengers riding high on the Tregurtha as it approached the Lift Bridge (above). It is the 32nd trip to the Twin Ports for the largest boat on the Great Lakes. It is loading about 62,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. The Alpena came in yesterday to discharge cement. Based upon past visits, it should be departing around noon. Photo taken on September 16, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2007

American Integrity exits Twin Ports

It is harvest time and it appears this year that will mean a lot of salt water ships in port this fall. But not today. The American Century was expected in port just after midnight to load coal. That should mean it will be departing around noon, in time to leave the Paul R. Tregurtha an open berth at Midwest Energy Resources when it comes in around 6 pm. The Cason J. Callaway should be departing with sinter sometime. Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon. Photo taken on September 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2007

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader arrived in port on Friday afternoon (above). Here on its 10th visit of the year, it is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. It was here a total of 10 times last year. The barge, built in 2000 in Mississippi, is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. It was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. Two boats will be here today with limestone. Both will then be loading taconite. Three thousand footers will be here loading coal, the Indiana Harbor, the American Integrity and the American Century. Photo taken on September 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth

On September 7th, the American Integrity departed Duluth at 9:03 in the morning to take a load of coal to Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is just across the lake on the western shore. The boat ran aground just as it entered the harbor, in about the same place that the Indiana Harbor did the same thing a couple weeks ago. The Integrity was able to move enough coal from its holds to those of the Wilfred Sykes to move off the sand bar. It backed away and waited for the Sykes to discharge about 7,000 tons of the Integrity’s coal at the power plant. Then the lighter American Integrity successfully entered the harbor and discharged the remaining coal. It will be back from that adventure today to load coal again, this time for a Detroit Edison power plant. Above, it is departing the Duluth harbor in September last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2007

Lake Ontario arrives with “The Birds”

The wind died down and local longshoremen at AGP should complete loading the Lake Ontario today. The bright red salt water ship should be departing this afternoon, taking wheat, soy beans and flax seed to Ghent, Belgium. Above, the ship got an escort from local gulls as it entered the Duluth ship canal in October, 2002. The Pochard will be here today to load grain. Other vessels will be loading coal and taconite; still others will be here discharging salt and limestone. Photo taken on October 14, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-13-2007

Block departing Duluth with taconite

The Joseph L. Block departed Duluth late Tuesday afternoon (above) after discharging limestone and then loading taconite and some taconite byproduct to take to a steel mill on the lower lakes. The Lake Ontario was expected to depart Duluth today with a cargo of flax, wheat and soy beans but high winds with gusts up to 28 mph delayed the loading at AGP. Assuming better weather, they will continue loading today with a likely departure on Thursday. At noon today, the St. Clair is expected to arrive to load taconite and the James R. Barker should be departing with coal. Photo taken on September 11, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-12-2007

Gott got into port yesterday

The American Mariner is expected to be here today to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That cargo will go to the Mittal Steel plant in Indiana Harbor. Yesterday, the salt water ship Utviken was loading taconite at the BN dock in Superior for Mittal Steel in Algeria. Last week, the American Mariner was here to load taconite at the BN dock in Superior for Zug Island, near Detroit. Today will be the 15th trip the American Mariner has made here this year. Last year, it was here 33 times. Above, the Edwin H. Gott came into port on Monday morning. Photo taken on September 10, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-11-2007

Edwin H. Gott at last winter’s layup

After discharging taconite in Gary, the Edwin H. Gott should be here this morning to load taconite for Nanticoke. This is only the Gott’s 7th trip to the Twin Ports this season; last year, it was here 11 times to load cargo. It uses the Two Harbors dock more often when it is on Lake Superior loading taconite for lower lakes ports. However, as this past winter (above), the 1,000-footer often spends the winter layup in Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-10-2007

Canadian Olympic nears Aerial Lift Bridge

The 730-foot Canadian Olympic should be departing the Twin Ports around 8 am this morning, assuming it came in as expected very early this morning. It will be taking 30,000 tons of coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. This is only the 4th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Last year, it made 16 trips. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. That was the source of the new boat’s name. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in December, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2007

Woody departs Duluth

The Woody was the last of a set of 7 salt water ships that were in port during the last week. It departed Friday afternoon (above). First light may find the John B. Aird at anchor off the Duluth piers. It will be waiting for the American Integrity to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, assuming it came in late last night as expected. The Rebecca should be in tonight for grain, and through the day we will see limestone coming in and more coal and a cargo of taconite departing. Photo taken on September 07, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-08-2007

Paul R. makes turn toward bridge

Above, the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Thursday morning after loading coal on her 31st trip to the Twin Ports this season. Today, 2 Canadian lakers, the Algolake and the John B. Aird, will be here to load coal, while one US flagged thousand footer, the American Integrity, will be doing the same. After a really big week for salt water traffic, there is only one salt water ship in port, the Woody. It should leave perhaps this afternoon while one new salt water ship, the Isolda, will be coming in to load grain. Photo taken on September 06, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-07-2007

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives Duluth

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load coal. It is the 19th trip to the Twin Ports for the thousand footer this season. Above, it is entering the Duluth harbor in October, 2006. Five salt water ships will be arriving in the Twin Ports today. Unfortunately for boat watchers who also have regular sleeping patterns, all but one of them are expected in port by 7 am. The exception is the Woody. As the 5th guy arriving, it will have to wait its turn, probably in the outer anchorage just beyond the Duluth piers. The McCarthy should be a little kinder, probably departing the port around noon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2007

Alpena enters Twin Ports harbor

The Alpena made its 10th appearance of the season on Monday morning (above), bringing another load of cement to the Twin Ports. It may leave sometime this afternoon. The American Victory was expected to arrive last night to load taconite for Mittal Steel in Indiana Harbor. When it is finished discharging the taconite in Indiana Harbor, it will come back up to Lake Superior to load taconite in Silver Bay to take back to Ashtabula. Like the last 4 days, today will be a very active day for Twin Ports shipping. Photo taken on September 3, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2007

Beluga Constitution captain oversees work

On Sunday afternoon, all the wind turbine parts that Captain Andrzej Kocmiel brought with him on the Beluga Constitution from Spain had been discharged. His cargo holds were empty. On Monday morning he would take his ship to the AGP grain elevator next door to the Port Terminal where he will load peas for Dunkirk, France. Above, he is looking into the cargo hold of his ship on Sunday, watching closely as his crew cleaned the holds and rearranged the panels while converting his ship from a heavy lift equipment ship to a grain ship. He expects to depart Duluth for France this evening and is hoping he gets to the Lift Bridge before everyone goes home. Photo taken on September 2, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-03-2007

Ypermachos crew greets Duluth

The Ypermachos came under the Lift Bridge early Friday evening (above). It is here to load grain at the Cargill elevator in Duluth. The crew was on deck waving to the crowd at the ship canal as they went under bridge. This ship was also in Duluth in early November, 1985 when it was called the Socrates and spent about a week aground just off Park Point. It created quite a sensation. Before becoming the Ypermachos, it also sailed around the world as the Union and the Mecta Sea. But only the name Socrates was imprinted in raised lettering on the hull of the ship; the others, including the Ypermachos, were just painted over the original name. It is hard to see in the picture above, but in real life, you can see the raised lettering of the original name. The E on the current name was painted directly over the S in the original name. Photo taken on August 31, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2007

Beluga Constitution under the crane

Above, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company spent a long Saturday at the Port Terminal discharging wind turbine parts brought here from Spain by the Beluga Constitution (above). That ship was here about 6 weeks ago with the same cargo. On that trip, after discharging its cargo, it loaded wind turbine parts from North Dakota and took them back to Spain, a highly unusual chain of events. Today, the ship will be acting more like normal, moving over to the AGP elevator next door to load grain on Monday to take to Dunkirk, France, a city just across the English Channel from Great Britain. Photo taken on September 01, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2007