Archives for November 2007

Federal Asahi

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Seven boats should be arriving in the port today. Three of them will likely finish their work here and depart later in the day. The Hong Kong flagged Federal Asahi will be here today to load grain. It was here in April, 2000 at the end of its maiden voyage, sailing here from Japan where the vessel was built. It returned one more time that year, and was back once in 2002 and again in 2004. This will be the 5th visit the ship has made to the Twin Ports. Photo taken April 12, 2000
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2007

Canadian Transport arriving Duluth canal

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The Ypermachos finally departed the Twin Ports with grain last night. The Beluga Energy was due in Tuesday night but high winds on Lake Superior forced the ship to take cover near the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. It was expected in last night and should be discharging wind turbine parts from Spain at first light this morning at the Port Terminal. Only two other boats will be moving in the port today; the John J. Boland is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and departing this afternoon and the Canadian Transport is coming in to do the same thing. Above the Canadian Transport is seen arriving in Duluth on August 11, 2002. On Friday, 10 boats are expected to arrive in the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2007

Cort makes rare Duluth entrance

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The Stewart J. Cort, the first thousand footer on the Great Lakes, came in the Duluth entry on Tuesday. The boat has made 527 visits to the Twin Ports and only 16 of the visits found it coming in the Duluth entry. The crew seemed happy to be here; they gave several whistles including one that seemed like a tune. We get duck boats such as the Greenwing and the Bluewing and today another whale boat, the Beluga Energy. It is the 6th Beluga ship this season. The Beluga Expectation has been here 3 times, the Beluga Constitution and Elegance 2 times and the Beluga Efficiency and Beluga Formation each one trip. In future years, we may even see these members of the F-Series: the Beluga- Fascination, Flirtation, Fiction and Fantastic. Still others could be the Beluga- Indication, Satisfaction, Advertising, Impression, Locomotion and Legislation. I prefer not to take the Beluga Locomotion out into the Atlantic, or any other ocean. There are many more, but for now, only two more, the Beluga Fairy and Beluga Passion. Photo taken on November 27, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2007

Federal Oshima looks nice with South Pier Light

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The Federal Oshima came into port last Friday (above) and is expected to depart today taking wheat to Naples. The Ziemia Cieszynska may also depart, taking soy beans to Northern Europe. The Ypermachos is expected to finally come into port this morning from the outside anchorage, probably around 8 am. This is the former Socrates so if you are down by the ship canal when it comes in, look closely at the name plate on the side of the ship. The raised letters of Socrates are visible. Three thousand footers will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources, but there may be a line since only one can load at a time. Photo taken on November 24, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2007

Mesabi Miner arriving Twin Ports for coal

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The Mesabi Miner arrived in Duluth early Sunday afternoon (above). It came to load about 62,000 tons of coal for a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. We expect three boats today to load grain. One of them, the Ypermachos, has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days. This is the former Socrates, the ship that spent a week aground off Park Point in 1985. If you are down at the ship canal when it comes in, look closely at the hull where the current name is printed. You can see the raised letters of the name Socrates still visible. All the names that followed were only painted on the hull. The Polish owned Ziemia Cieszynska will be returning to Duluth after an earlier trip here in October. On this trip, it will load soy beans for a port in Northern Europe. The Adam E. Cornelius will be here today for the 17th time this season. Today, like many of the earlier trips, it will load wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. Photo taken on November 25, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2007

BBC Ems getting lots of fuel

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Above, the BBC Ems loaded 800 tons of heavy fuel oil at the Murphy Oil Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal on Saturday. That was the largest order Murphy Oil has ever filled at their Duluth dock. With 22 wind turbine blades on their top deck, the heavy fuel oil will give the ship better stability on the trip to Spain. Murphy started fueling at 12:45 Saturday afternoon and completed around 6:30 in the evening. All 800 tons were pushed through the dangling hose you can see in the picture. It took about 32 trips with their fuel trucks from their Superior terminal to Duluth to match the fuel going into the ship. The BBC Ems left last night. Two thousand footers are due this morning to load coal and the Canadian flagged and not so long Algolake will be here in the afternoon to do the same but will be third in line probably not getting to the dock until Monday. Photo taken on November 24, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2007

BBC Ems loads wind turbine blades

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Ballast tanks, filled with water, provide stability to a ship. Fuel is a liquid that also provides stability. When the BBC Ems completes loading wind turbine blades later today, it will move over to the Murphy Oil Fuel Dock to take on about 800 tons of heavy oil fuel. That will take the Fuel Dock about 7 or 8 hours. This is the largest order that Murphy has filled since they opened their Duluth operation in 1998. The reason, other than the fact the ship needs fuel to operate, is the cargo they are taking from Duluth to Spain. Wind turbine blades by their very nature are built to catch wind, and the top deck will carry 24 of the 44 blades they will load. Wind turbine blades are made of fiberglass and are hollow; together, they weigh only 264 metric tons, no where close to the 60,000 tons that the big coal boats carry or even the 25,000 tons or more that salt water ships loading grain carry. In the picture, some of the first blades were lowered into the lowest deck of the ship on Friday. You can see the hatch cover at the right center of the picture is up so the blades can be lowered into the ship. When the lower holds are filled, the hatch covers will be closed, forming the top or weather deck of the ship where the last 24 blades will sit. Photo taken on November 23, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2007