Archives for December 2007

CSL Niagara passes South Pier Light

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The Canadian flagged CSL Niagara, seen above entering the Duluth ship canal on January 9th, 2005, is expected to arrive late this evening, perhaps just before midnight. Last year, when the boat was here in late December, it was elaborately decorated for Christmas. It may light up the harbor just in time for the New Year! Even if there are no Christmas lights on the boat, it is bright red. This is the 5th trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. That’s about average over the last 5 years.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2007

St. Clair heading to Murphy

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At 11:30 on Saturday morning, the St. Clair came into port using the Duluth entry to get fuel before loading taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. To avoid the ice filled Superior channel, it went back out to the lake using the Duluth entry after fueling at the Murphy Fuel dock and followed Park Point down to the Superior entry. It was a much easier trip, with very little ice and the BN dock is right inside the Superior entry. Photo taken on December 29,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2007

American Century ice is nice

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It almost looks like the port of Duluth Superior is holding a year end sale on coal and taconite. The sale goes all the way up to Two Harbors, at least for the taconite. Buyers of those two products know they will not be able to get more from here between the middle of January and the middle of March. The other end of the Seaway (Duluth is the western most tip of the St. Lawrence Seaway System) is closing up for the winter. Yesterday, the Saint-Lambert Lock at Montreal, the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway, closed after the Birchglen moved through it on the way to Baltimore. Back here, the American Century arrived in port last night for coal and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is seen departing Duluth on December 7th, loaded down with ice. Today, with warmer weather and quieter winds, it does not carry so much ice along for the ride. Photo taken on December 07,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2007

Algosteel arriving Duluth ship canal

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The Algosteel is expected today for the 4th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season, more than it has made at least since 1996. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in March, 2006, the only trip it made to the Twin Ports last season. It usually loads coal when it is up here, as it is today. On one of the trips this year, however, it brought in a cargo of salt and then left with taconite. Other boats are here today for both taconite and coal, but Two Harbors is the place to see boat traffic. They are expecting to load 4 boats with taconite today, although that should roll over into Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2007

Waves no match for Paul R. Tregurtha

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port a little after 3 pm on Wednesday. There was no ice in the ship channel but a 11 mph wind with gusts up to 19 mph created some surf and blowing snow as the boat when under the Lift Bridge (above). The Tregurtha was in a line to load coal at Midwest Energy. It was set to follow the Mesabi Miner which was set to follow the Herbert C. Jackson. It got its place by waiting out Christmas Day at anchor off the Duluth piers. Photo taken on December 26,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2007

Canadian Enterprise Christmas

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Christmas Day was a time of waiting for shipping traffic in the Twin Ports. But that is not all bad. In fact, it is pretty good since Christmas Day on a laker means a very nice dinner. That is the Canadian Enterprise above, just to the right of the North Pier light, barely visible in the Christmas morning mist. The overcast did not stop the crew on the boat from enjoying a dinner of turkey and prime rib. Further out in the lake, on the Algolake, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and chicken Cordon Bleu were the main attraction. Abundant appetizers and desserts surrounded the plate on both boats. At 11 last night, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was set to start loading coal at Midwest Energy, there is a waiting line after that. Photo taken on December 25, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2007

Kaye E. Barker and bothersome ice

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It has been a slow couple days for shipping activity in the Twin Ports. Most everything stopped when high winds and ice created less than ideal conditions in the harbor. Often the hardest part of the job coming in to load cargo in conditions like that is getting close enough to the dock. As a boat moves close to the dock, any ice between the boat and the dock can get stuck between the two leaving the boat too far away. Above, the Kaye E. Barker got only this close to the Murphy Oil Dock on December 20th. In this case, that was sufficient. High winds can make that job even harder. And, the coal dock in Superior has the Christmas holiday off, their only day of rest since the season opened in March. Wind, ice and Christmas provide two boats to watch at anchor and one waiting inside. They return to work at 11 pm tonight. Photo taken on December 20,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2007

Atlantic Huron arrives Duluth harbor

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There was not much movement in the harbor yesterday. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. approached the Duluth piers and decided to drop anchor in the outer anchorage and wait for the storm, particularly the wind from the North, to pass. At 8:10 Sunday morning, the Mesabi Miner went out in the Lake after loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, also the destination of the McCarthy. The Miner decided to drop anchor also. Both were there on Sunday evening. Presumably, the McCarthy came in last night and has been loading coal. It is about a 9 hour process. Two more boats will be here today to load coal; the Canadian flagged Algolake and Canadian Enterprise. The Atlantic Huron is expected here today to load taconite. Above, it is arriving on January 1st, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2007

Algowood makes her way through harbor

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While people in cars in the Twin Ports were slipping and sliding in the ice-drizzle-snow on Saturday morning, the Algowood slipped under the Lift Bridge and is seen above moving easily down the Duluth harbor to take a position behind the American Integrity at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The boat was more challenged by the ice in the St. Louis River. The Algowood departed the Twin Ports early Saturday evening with coal for Ontario Power Generation and was replaced by the Mesabi Miner at Midwest. The Miner was expected to depart sometime this morning. Photo taken on December 22, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2007

New meaning to “go fly a kite”

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Ships from Beluga Shipping in Hamburg, Germany made 11 trips to the Twin Ports in 2007. During most of those trips they carried wind turbine components so that people in Spain, and North Dakota, among other places, might have cleaner and perhaps cheaper electricity. They depended upon good old fashioned diesel power to move around the world. Last Saturday, their world might have changed. Beluga Shipping launched the Beluga SkySails. It still runs on diesel fuel, but as you can see in the graphic above, the ship has a kite flying high above and in front of it, harnessing the wind to pull the Beluga ship along and providing an estimated 10 to 20% reduction in fuel cost. This ship will make a trial run from Germany to Venezuela next year, but it will probably be some time before we see it coming under the Lift Bridge. You can see video by searching Youtube for skysails.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2007

Kaye E. gets visit from Captain’s family

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Captain Greg Sipper brought the Kaye E. Barker under the Lift Bridge on Thursday afternoon at 3:30. One hour later, his wife Emily and son Joel joined him in the pilot house on the boat (above) while the boat was refueled at the Murphy Oil Fuel Dock. Along with daughter Katie who joined them later, the Sipper family resides in Hermantown. Greg was born in Duluth and graduated from Denfield High in 1977. With any luck, the family got him back to Hermantown for at least a couple hours last night before he would have to return to the boat. That probably happened late last night when Captain Sipper was scheduled to take the Barker back under the bridge, this time with a cargo of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior while he was home in Hermantown for a quick visit. He is taking the cargo to Marquette. Photo taken on December 20,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2007