Archives for June 2008

Marlene Green here with tower sections

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Three salt water ships came into port on Sunday, two of them brought wind turbine parts. The BBC Rosario, making its first visit to the Twin Ports, brought pieces built by Siemens in Denmark. The Marlene Green arrived in the morning (above) with 42 tower sections built by General Electric and headed eventually for wind farms in Minnesota and Iowa. Discharge of the BBC Rosario begins this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2008

Munson here

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The John G. Munson departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon (above). It was perhaps the first warm, dry, summer Saturday with a lot of ship traffic and there were lots of people watching. Ten boats came under the Lift Bridge on Saturday, 7 going out and 3 coming in. Just before the Munson departed at 3:20, the Algolake came in and just after the Munson departed, the Herbert C. Jackson departed. The Munson has one of the best steam whistles on the Great Lakes. It starts slow and finally lets out with a loud, full throated blow. The crowd got a treat when the captain sounded his whistle a second time as he departed the ship canal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2008

Alpena here on 5th visit of year

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The Alpena is here for the 5th time this season, bringing cement on each occasion, as it was doing above in September, 2002. It was originally the Leon Fraser when it was built in 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. It was modified for salt water duty for a time, sat idle during the 80’s and was shortened by 120 feet in the late 80’s and turned into a cement carrier. That happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Inland Lakes bought the Leon Fraser in 1990, renamed it and put it in the cement trade in June, 1991. It is a very pretty boat and it often attracts a crowd.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2008

The barge Lockwood 1000 is discharged with the help of a truck

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The truck in the picture above was brought up from Newport News, Virginia on another truck. It was used yesterday to back up a ramp to the barge Lockwood 1000 at the Port Terminal. It is on the ramp and its trailer is being moved under the white piece (a steam turbine built in Germany and destined for Calgary) which was lifted up by the barge’s crane to be placed on the trailer. The trailer was bought to Duluth on still another truck. The barge’s crane was taken off and used to lift the piece onto another truck. The tug Margot with the barge departed Duluth last night. They left the barge’s crane here to do more work this morning. It will return to Newport News on one of the trucks. The barge and all the trucks and trailers are owned by Lockwood Brothers in Hampton, Virginia. They also supplied the crew to do the job.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2008

Tug Margot & barge Lockwood 1000 here from Newport News, Virginia

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It’s enough that the tug Margot brought the barge Lockwood 1000 here from Newport News, Virginia by way of the Atlantic Ocean, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. The cargo, 2 very large steam turbines and a smaller generator, is so difficult to handle that the same people who loaded it in Newport News came up to Duluth, by truck, to discharge the cargo from the barge. A gantry crane on the barge will pick up the cargo, and a special truck the crew from Newport News brought with them will move onto the barge and under the gantry crane. The crane will place the cargo on the truck, the truck will back off the barge and place the cargo on the ground. The barge’s gantry crane will then be brought down to pick the cargo up so it can be placed on a special rail car. Some of the cargo will also be placed on a truck. I am not sure if it is a special truck. Everything else about the move is special. The discharge should take place this morning at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2008

Tug Margot pushed the barge Lockwood 1000

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On Monday morning, the tug Margot pushed the barge Lockwood 1000 under the Lift Bridge to complete a trip that started in Newport News, Virginia and went up the Atlantic Ocean and entered the Hudson River at New York and then up the Hudson River and into the Erie Canal. From there the tug pushed into Lake Erie and up to Duluth. It was felt that was the only way to move 2 very large steam turbines and a smaller generator from Newport News to the final destination in Calgary. The barge is a ro-ro, with a ramp allowing cargo to be rolled on and rolled off the barge. The barge has its own gantry crane that will lift the pieces straight up so in this case, a special truck will use the ramp to get on the barge and under the pieces. They will be lowered onto the truck and taken off the barge and then placed onto a special rail car for the final leg of the trip from Duluth to Calgary. In the picture above, you can see the lifting mechanism on the barge just left of center.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2008

Canadian Enterprise draws a crowd

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The Canadian Enterprise came into port late Monday afternoon (above). It was to many the first day of summer. It was warm, Grandma’s was over and the Vista boats were running a full summer schedule. As above, there were a lot of people looking at the boats and the bridge. Not so many will see the Enterprise depart earlier this morning. It will be taking about 30,000 tons of coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1979, with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport, to move low sulfur, western coal to Ontario power plants. They are still working that trade together. Today will be the 8th time the Enterprise has been here this year. The Canadian Transport has only been here 4 times his year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2008