Archives for May 2008

Beluga Enterprise here with wind turbine parts from Spain

Duluth is selling iron ore pellets and coal today. We are buying wind turbine parts. It’s not our iron ore or coal; we are just holding it for taconite mines on the iron range and coal mines in Wyoming and Montana. In return for the coal that Montana is sending us to pass on to Michigan and Ontario, the Beluga Enterprise arrived today (above) with wind turbine parts loaded in Spain and going by truck from Duluth to Shelby, Montana. In the picture above, you are looking up at the deck of the Beluga Enterprise at three wind turbine tower sections about to be picked up by the Port Authority cranes and placed onto waiting trailers.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2008

Atlantic Huron here, then Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Huron came into port on Friday morning (above) to load coal for Nova Scotia. No US flagged vessels that we see here on any regular basis get out to the Atlantic Ocean and obviously, all the salt water ships we see here do. Some Canadian vessels load cargo here on an irregular basis that they take to Atlantic Ocean ports, as the Atlantic Huron is doing. The name of the ship reflects its dual capabilities of working in the Great Lakes and also the Atlantic Ocean. Today, 2 salt water ships, the Beluga Enterprise and the BBC Plata will be here; the Enterprise bringing wind turbine parts and the Plata loading grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2008

American Integrity helped by tugs

That’s the American Integrity moving behind the Great Lakes tug North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. The Integrity was on its way to load coal at Midwest Energy. On most boats, when major projects are not going on, painting the boat is the next best thing. With a dearth of salt water traffic this year, many of which need assistance from the tugs, the men at the Great Lakes tug shop were out painting and cleaning yesterday and hoping for more salt water traffic. In another season, they hope for ice, which they can break up very well. Now they want lots of wheat, something we don’t have a lot of to sell at the moment in Minnesota. When we get more wheat, more salt water ships will come to the Twin Ports to get it and the tug guys can put their paint brushes away and help them into port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2008

Coal from Duluth to Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Huron arrived this morning around 9:30 to load coal for Nova Scotia, a trip that will take her into the Atlantic. She started life in 1984 as the Prairie Harvest and became the Atlantic Huron in 1989. She lost that name to become the Melvin H. Baker in 1994. In 1998, she again assumed her current name. As her name suggests, she can sail both on the Great Lakes and the oceans. Earlier in her career, she took cargo to oil platforms off the coast of Newfoundland.

H. Lee White here, then Silver Bay

The H. Lee White came into port last night (above) with a cargo of coal. It should complete that discharge today and then leave for Silver Bay to pick up a load of iron ore pellets. Built in 1973, it is only 704 feet long. The smaller size allows it to go into ports where the 1,000 footers would not fit. Unlike most US freighters, it has been known to move through the Welland Canal, which was built to allow boats to move around Niagara Falls, thus providing a shipping lane between Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and eventually out to the Atlantic Ocean.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2008

American Spirit here for fuel first

The American Spirit came in last night to load iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) terminal in Superior, but arrived by way of the Duluth entry (above) to take on fuel at Murphy Oil first. This is the 6th visit to the Twin Ports for the 1,004-foot boat this season. It came here many times as the George A. Stinson, although almost always coming in the Superior entry to load at the BN. It was built in 1978.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2008

Barker goes to Fitgers

Many tourists and visitors saw nothing out of the ordinary in the picture above. Duluthians were wondering why the James R. Barker was headed over to Fitgers on Sunday morning. Happily, it didn’t make it. The 1,000-footer made a turn, circled back and shortly came into port to load coal. Earlier, as it approached the ship canal, the boat called the bridge to tell them they were going to turn away and check some concerns they had about the boat’s rudder. That done, they came in. The picture was taken from the grounds of the Marine Museum in Canal Park.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2008