Archives for June 2008

Marlene Green here with tower sections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mesabi Miner here many times so far

The Mesabi Miner came into port last night for the 20th time this season, the most trips by any vessel this year. There is a good reason for that. On top of making a visit every 4 to 6 days, it made 3 trips to ports within Lake Superior before the Soo Locks opened on March 25 and before any other traffic was moving in the new season. It spent the winter at Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. Two ports needed coal and the Miner got a jump to the start of the season. On this trip, the Miner will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock just across the St. Louis River from Midwest Energy. Above, the Mesabi Miner is departing the port using the Superior entry on March 16th this year, the first trip of the three it made to open the season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2008

Runners watch the Barker go by

Maybe a brief shower cooled off the runners but more runners than usual sitting, laying and suffering on the Maritime Museum back yard turned around and some even stood up to see the James R. Barker pass by (above). The Barker itself was a little excited, providing everybody with a double dose of whistle. It came in around 2 in the afternoon, the Herbert C. Jackson departed at 10 in the morning and was not noticed by most runners. They had other things on their mind.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2008

Two salt water ships at the Port Terminal

That’s the Asiaborg on the left, tied up at berth 2 at the Port Terminal. It has been waiting for the BBC Elbe (right) to complete discharging wind turbine pieces at berth 1. That happened late Friday afternoon when the BBC Elbe moved out of the slip on its way to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock right around the corner. It probably departed the port early this morning. The plan was for the Asiaborg to move up to the position just vacated by the BBC Elbe. Discharge of that cargo, also wind turbine pieces, began early this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2008

Paul R. Tregurtha in line to load

The Paul R. Tregurtha may be the biggest boat on the Great Lakes but it had to wait at the end of a long line yesterday. The Canadian Olympic came in to load coal on Thursday morning at 6:08. An hour and a half later, the American Century came in to wait until the Olympic was completed. Shortly after that, the Paul R. Tregurtha appeared on the horizon and decided to drop anchor off the Duluth piers to wait. The Canadian Olympic left at 1:45 in the afternoon and the American Century moved over to take its place loading coal. The Tregurtha then pulled up the anchor and came in to get some fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock while it waited for the coal dock. Above, you see the Tregurtha at the fuel dock (on the right). At left, you see wind turbine parts, in this case nacelles, sitting at the Port Terminal waiting to go to a wind farm. Floods in Iowa and other delays have increased the backlog of wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-20-2008

Asiaborg here 2nd time this season

We have only had 18 foreign flagged vessels visit the Twin Ports this season. The Asiaborg is trying to help. It will be here early this afternoon for the second time. It will bring wind turbine parts from Europe as it did on its first trip here in early May. It will have to wait for the BBC Elbe to complete discharging the wind turbine parts it brought in this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2008

Canadian Transfer to bring salt

The Canadian Transfer was expected in port early this morning to discharge a cargo of salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior. The Transfer was here 15 times in 2000, twice in 2001 and once last year. It has a very unusual history. It was created, or assembled, in 1998 by using the bow of one boat and the stern of another boat and connecting them with a new 24-foot section in between. Both boats had many names, owners and configurations before their contribution, dating back to the 2nd World War. The Canadian Explorer contributed its engine room and the Hamilton Transfer the cargo hold and its self unloading system. Above, the Canadian Transfer, still holding its history together, is departing Duluth on June 21st after its only visit last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2008

Joseph L. Block seen discharging limestone at Hallett #8

The Joseph L. Block was due this morning with a cargo of limestone that will be discharged at the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, the boat is seen discharging limestone in November of 2006 at the Hallett Dock just across the St. Louis River from CN. The 250-foot self unloader that we see sitting on the deck when the Block comes under the Lift Bridge is swung out to the side to discharge the cargo onto the ground. Quite often it is also swung over to the side when the boat is loading cargo, although in that case, it is to keep it out of the way while a loader is pouring cargo into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2008

BBC Ontario

The BBC Ontario came into port on June 13th to discharge 11 component sets (minus blades) of Siemens wind turbines loaded in Denmark. Each wind turbine has a cone shaped piece, called a spinner. It sits just in front of the hub, the piece that holds the three blades. The BBC Ontario had 11 spinners in their cargo hold. Above, you see the Port Terminal crane yesterday placing the last of 3 spinners it lifted out of the ship’s cargo hold onto a waiting truck that will carry them to another part of the Port Terminal. They will eventually go to a wind farm in Shelby, Montana. There is a delay at that work site, in part caused by the weather so the number of wind turbine pieces that have been discharged from ships here but are still waiting at the Port Terminal to be shipped to their final destination increases.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2008