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

Algonorth departing Twin Ports

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The Algonorth will be here for the first time since it arrived here on December 18th, 2005. It has been here 18 times since 1996. In the picture above, it is leaving Duluth in June, 2004. It will be loading grain while here. Two ships owned by Wagenborg Shipping in the Netherlands will be here today. One, the Americaborg, is making its 2nd visit here; the first was just this past August when it loaded spring wheat for Spain. It will do the same thing today. The Dongeborg will be here for the first time despite the fact it is one of the older Wagenborg ships, built in 1999. It will be loading beet pulp pellets for Spain. Photo taken on June 27, 2004 [As of April, 2011, Algoma Central lists her as not in service]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2007

Clarke welcomed by large crowd

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Above, the Philip R. Clarke is arriving last July for the 6th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It will be here today for the 12th time, about the number of trips it has made to the Twin Ports in the last several years. They are bringing limestone loaded in Cedarville, Michigan. When they complete discharging that cargo, they will load taconite at Two Harbors. On trips to Lake Superior, they usually load taconite for Gary, Indiana for the down bound trip. Most of the year, they are moving a variety of cargos between many lower lakes ports, such as Toledo, Gary, South Chicago, Green Bay, Detroit and Ashtabula. Variety is great. Every time I mention how great it is to visit a large variety of ports to someone on the boats, they do not share my enthusiasm. Making short trips to a lot of ports is a lot of work. Many sailors look forward to a trip to Duluth since they have all of Lake Superior without any cargo loading or discharging. Photo taken on July 20,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2007

Vechtborg enters Duluth ship canal

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The Dutch flagged Vechtborg will be here today for only the 4th time since it was built in 1998. Above, it is coming into port in 2005. It will load beet pulp pellets. Today, we will see one other Dutch flagged ship, 2 Canadian flagged and 3 US flagged boats. They will load taconite, coal and grain. No cargo will be discharged in the port today. In September, we loaded 975,736 tons of cargo to Canadian boats and discharged only 41,854 tons. We shipped out 2,886,096 tons of cargo on US flagged boats and discharged only 447,588 tons from US flagged boats. The salt water traffic was similar. We loaded 508,194 tons of cargo and only discharged 6,681 tons from foreign flagged vessels. Our imports are mostly limestone, cement, wind turbine blades and other general cargo. Photo taken on October 11, 2005
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2007

Xenia in Twin Ports harbor

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The Xenia came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) after discharging general cargo in Hamilton. This is the 4th trip the Xenia has made to the Twin Ports, the 2nd this season. It was built in 2002 and is 468 feet long, shorter than most of the older salt water ships that come to Duluth, but part of a fleet of newer ships that are shorter and more flexible. Just the smaller size gives them access to more ports and rivers around the world, many ports that the larger ships are too big to enter. The Ypermachos will be at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days. It is better known around here as the Socrates, the ship that went aground off Park Point on November 18th, 1985. Photo taken on November 18, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2007

Marlene Green is……………green

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The Marlene Green arrived in port on Sunday morning at 6:22. A few hours later, it was at the Port Terminal discharging the 40 wind turbine base units it brought here from Indonesia. The Alpena has been in port since it arrived with a cargo of cement on November 11. It has spent much of the time since getting repairs made. This morning, with that accomplished, it first fueled at the Murphy Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal and then left there to complete discharging the cement cargo. It either departed earlier today or soon will. Above, you can see the Alpena moving past the Marlene Green on Sunday morning. This is the first trip here since the Marlene Green was built in 2001. It is 468 feet long, flies a Dutch flag and is green. Photo taken on November 18, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2007

Gantry cranes at work

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The Beluga Formation discharged wind turbine tower base units at the Port Terminal Saturday. Above, both cranes (the #2 is visible) have lifted the unit out of the ship’s hold and are moving it to a waiting truck. They were loaded in Spain and are going to the Tatanka wind farm in North Dakota. The Marlene Green was expected in port very early this morning with wind turbine tower sections (4 to each tower) loaded in Indonesia and going to Minnesota Power’s wind energy generation facility being built near U. S. Steel’s Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron. Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal will be discharging both ships today, starting at 7 am. Photo taken on November 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2007

Beluga Formation brings towers

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The Beluga Formation returned to Duluth on Friday afternoon (above), bringing another load of wind turbine parts from Spain. She brought a similar cargo here on October 1st. This load has 124 pieces, some vary large, as the ones on the deck of the ship above indicate. They are base units, or the towers that hold the wind turbines high. Each base is made of 3 base units. There are no blades on this ship, but there are pieces for 13 wind turbines. Longshoremen and operating engineers (crane operators) and others will be at the Port Terminal at 7 this morning to begin discharging the cargo. Photo taken on November 16, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2007

Montrealais entering Twin Ports harbor

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The Montrealais arrived late Thursday afternoon to load grain. Above, it is seen arriving in Duluth in August, 2004. After a short lull, ship traffic in the Twin Ports is picking up again. So far, this has been a very good year. To the end of October, there were a total of 965 vessel arrivals in the Twin Ports this season. That is 58 more than last year at the same time. That breaks down to 34 more Canadian vessel arrivals, 21 more foreign flagged and 3 more US flagged vessels this season. Of course, many vessels made multiple trips. There were 179 separate vessels that made the 965 trips this season, through October 31st.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2007

Maritime Trader arriving Twin Ports

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The American Century should be back from a quick trip to Silver Bay to load coal for Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. The Paul R. Tregurtha left last night around 6 pm to do the same thing. Both boats will be back next week, obviously in the same order, to load coal again for St. Clair, Michigan. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives later today to load coal, although not for Detroit Edison even though the boat is named after a former President of the company. The McCarthy will load coal for Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. Still, its usual destination is the Detroit Edison plant at St. Clair. That destination is not surprising since Detroit Edison owns Midwest Energy Resources in Superior where all the coal is loaded into these giant boats. The bright blue Maritime Trader, seen above coming into the port on June 18, 2006, will be here today for the 7th time this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2007

American Century departing Twin Ports

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Yesterday was probably not the most productive day the port has had. High winds, repairs to docks and to boats slowed things down a bit. The Alpena was to have departed today but is undergoing repairs and may not depart until Thursday after discharging the usual cargo of cement. Repairs have been made at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock and the lineup to load coal there is over. The American Century was due here last night and should be about finished loading coal as the sun comes up today. It will take the coal to Silver Bay this morning, leaving the coal dock open for the Paul R. Tregurtha to move right in, assuming it arrived earlier this morning. Above, the American Century is seen departing Duluth last July. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2007

Hello, Duluth crane #1

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Next year marks 50 years for the St. Lawrence Seaway, a major event for Duluth, opening it up to larger ships from around the world. Next year is also the 50th birthday of the two cranes that stand at the Port Terminal. They are ready for the party. The Port Authority upgraded both cranes in 2005, adding new electrical and mechanical controls as well as new operator cabs. They were built by Clyde Iron Works and for many years, the name Clyde appeared on their side. In the early 80’s, they were repainted, with the words Port of Duluth added in very large letters. Over the years, the new name began to fade, standing as they do high over the harbor facing Lake Superior. The 2005 upgrade included a new paint job but no new name, until last month. The Port of Duluth again stands tall with an important addition to those who work with the cranes. They are numbered 1 and 2 making it much easier to talk about them. Photo taken on October 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2007

Seneca greeted by Wayzata boys

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The crew on the salt water ship Seneca might have been a little confused when they found the Bantam A boys hockey team from Wayzata greeting them as they came into the Duluth Ship Canal (above) late Sunday afternoon. The team stepped off the bus for a short walk in Canal Park just as the Seneca was approaching so they stopped by to say hello. Two hours later, they were playing the Duluth East Bantam A team at Mars-Lakeview Arena in Duluth. Meanwhile back in the harbor, the Seneca tied up at the Cargill terminal in Duluth to load grain. No one seems to have told the ships on Lake Superior that today is a holiday. Seven are still coming and nine should be departing today. Photo taken November 11, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2007

Vlistborg enters Duluth ship canal

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The Vlistborg arrived in Duluth early Saturday afternoon (above) to load beet pulp pellets. A sister ship, the Virginiaborg, departed Duluth on Friday evening with the same cargo. Today, two ships will be loading grain, one of them, the Adam E. Cornelius, will first discharge a cargo of limestone. The second, the Seneca, will be here for the 10th time since 1996, the first time as the Seneca. Other names it has had on those previous visits are: Mangal Desai, Millenium Eagle and the Stockmarnes. This evening, 4 boats will be here to load coal, but they will have to do it one at a time. We may see one of them, perhaps two, at anchor off the Duluth piers on Monday morning, waiting for the berth at Midwest Energy Resources to open up. Photo taken on November 10, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2007

Vlistborg makes another visit to Duluth

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The Vlistborg has been here about once a year since it was built in 1999. It will be here today for the 10th time. At 434 feet, the Vlistborg is a smaller ship than most that come to the Twin Ports, but it is more flexible and can be configured to carry a wide variety of cargos although like many Wagenborg ships that come here, the Vlistborg will be loading beet pulp pellets brought here by train from North Dakota. They are taken usually to Spain or Morocco where they are used for animal feed. Beet pulp pellets, along with molasses, are two of the primary by-products of sugar production. Photo taken on November 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2007

Federal Yukon will take wheat to Italy

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The Federal Yukon arrived in Duluth late Thursday afternoon (above) and went over to the CHS grain terminal in Superior to load durum wheat for the port of Bari, on the east coast of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. The ship loaded general cargo in Brazil that it unloaded at Hamilton, Ontario before coming to Duluth in ballast (empty). It is named after the Yukon River in Canada, has an all Indian crew and flies the flag of Hong Kong. Photo taken on November 08, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2007

Sam Laud arrives Duluth ship canal

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The Sam Laud loaded limestone in Inland, Michigan and will be here today to discharge it before going to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. It will likely discharge some of the pellets there before taking the 3 hour trip up the Cuyahoga River to the Mittal Steel mill to discharge the rest. It will then load limestone, this time in Calcite, Michigan, but will stay in the lower lakes to drop that cargo at Conneaut. It was last here in 2006, and before that twice in 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2007

Federal Matane is big and blue

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When the Federal Matane, seen above arriving in port earlier this year, departs the port tonight with a cargo of grain, it will leave the port empty of active cargo vessels probably for the first time this year. The American Century should be here now to load coal and will likely be departing before the Federal Matane does. There are people in the shipping business here who do not want the world to know that we close up shop in January for at least 2 months lest they might think twice about sending a ship here. I never like to admit that there will be no boats in port to watch or track. It would be bad for business. But never fear, Thursday will see 6 boats arriving in port to load cargo and 5 more will arrive on Friday. Snow and ice will follow shortly after that. Photo taken on May 12, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2007

Jumbo Spirit bound for Spain

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Longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing and the crew on the Jumbo Spirit completed loading the ship with wind turbine blades Monday afternoon. They will likely depart the port for Spain later today. The last blades were placed on the weather deck or top deck. Each blade is fitted with two braces, one at each end. They were used to place and hold the blade on a truck as it arrived here and then to place it on the deck of the ship. Once they are sitting on one of the ship’s decks, iron workers from Lakehead Construction welded the braces to the deck. Above, Brian Kachinski from Lakehead is welding one of those braces holding a blade on the weather deck on Monday afternoon. This ship is going across the Atlantic Ocean and this cargo is built to catch the wind. The welds and additional tie downs make the cargo and the deck secure for the long trip to Spain. Photo taken on November 05, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2007

Jumbo Spirit loads wind turbine blades

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Last week, here in Duluth, the cargo hold of the Jumbo Spirit contained a reactor vessel and 2 transformers. They discharged the reactor vessel here and then went to Toledo to discharge the transformers. The ship came back to the Twin Ports on Saturday afternoon with empty cargo holds that are now being filled with wind turbine blades for Spain. You can see above the first three blades that were lowered onto the lowest deck of the ship’s single cargo hold on Sunday morning. When that deck was filled, a tween deck was created above it for more of the total of 27 blades they are loading. The weather deck, or top deck, will be placed over that and it will carry the last of the blades. That should happen later today. Photo taken on November 04, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2007

Alpena enters Duluth with cement

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The Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Stulpinas was expected to arrive off the Duluth piers late last night, dropping anchor and waiting to come in to load grain. The Alpena came in last night with cement and the Canadian flagged Quebecois should be here this morning with another cargo of cement. The Alpena discharges cement at the LaFarge terminal in Superior; the Quebecois at St Lawrence Cement in Duluth. Above, the Alpena is coming in with cement in August, 2006. The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Port Dolomite, Michigan and arrived early Friday afternoon to discharge that cargo here before moving to Two Harbors to load taconite for Conneaut.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2007

James R. Barker visits Duluth often

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The James R. Barker has been delayed by wind on Lake Superior but is expected in port today to load 58,000 tons of coal for the Presque Isle power plant operated by We Energies in Marquette, Michigan. It is one of 5 in their system providing electric power to Wisconsin and Michigan. This is the 28th trip to the Twin Ports for the Barker this season. Built in 1976, it was the third thousand footer to sail on the Great Lakes. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in September, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-02-2007

Kapitonas Stulpinas here for load grain

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The Kapitonas Stulpinas is expected to arrive today to load grain. This will be the Lithuanian flagged ship’s 11th trip to the Twin Ports since 1996. 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. Above, the ship is assisted by two tugs as it enters the harbor in November, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2007