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

Mesabi Miner here many times so far

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Canadian Enterprise in Duluth for coal

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The Canadian Enterprise, pictured above coming into port in June, 2006, was expected in port late last night. As it usually does, it will load coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and then take that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. On this trip the boat is bringing a cargo of salt which they will discharge before moving over to the coal dock. The Enterprise was built in 1979 along with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport. Both boats are often at Midwest to load coal for Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2008

American Valor here with limestone, then to Silver Bay for iron ore pellets

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The American Valor came into port on Friday evening around 6:00 (above). It brought limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan into port. When the boat is discharged sometime this morning, it will go up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for Ashtabula. The Valor is the former Armco, a boat that was here many times over the years. Now owned by American Steamship in Buffalo, it has been painted in American Steamship white and black and no longer shows the Oglebay Norton red/orange colors.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2008

Indiana Harbor loads coal for Silver Bay

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The Indiana Harbor came into port around 11 pm on Wednesday night and left the port with a load of coal for Silver Bay at 9:15 on Thursday morning (above). It is due back today, this time loading coal for Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. Another thousand footer, the American Century will follow the Indiana Harbor at Midwest Energy Resources, loading coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. Later today, the BBC Ontario will bring more wind turbine parts from Denmark.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2008

Arthur M. Anderson comes in on the wind

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The wind slowed a number of boats yesterday. After the Spar Jade departed Duluth at 6:42 in the morning, there was no traffic under the Lift Bridge until the Arthur M. Anderson came in around 5:15 in the afternoon (above). After stopping for fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth, it was expected to go to the CN Dock to discharge a cargo of limestone. That should take most of the night. Around first light, it may depart for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Gary. Weather may still slow traffic in the harbor today until the wind dies down later in the day.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2008

American Fortitude brings limestone from Calcite

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The American Fortitude, seen above departing Duluth in August, 2006, should have arrived in port with limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets to take to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. This is only the 3rd trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Last year, it was here 14 times.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2008

Spar Jade here for bentonite

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The Spar Jade came into port on Monday afternoon to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The ship is owned by a Norwegian company and flies the flag of Norway. It’s home port is Bergen. Despite a rich maritime history, we don’t see many Norwegian flagged ships here. Of 682 foreign flagged ships that have visited the Twin Ports since 2003, only 16 of them were from Norway. Three times the Spar Jade was here with the flag, a sister ship, the Spar Garnet was here twice. The Spar Jade will depart later today or early on Wednesday, taking the cargo to Great Britain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2008

Munteborg

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The Dutch flagged Munteborg came under the Lift Bridge on Sunday evening at 6:15. The 441 foot vessel was built in 1998 and made its first trip to the Twin Ports in December of that year. It returned twice the next year and has not been back until yesterday. It was crossing Lake Superior with the Paul R. Tregurtha but when they both arrived off the Duluth piers Sunday afternoon, the Munteborg came in (above) and the Tregurtha dropped anchor to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The McCarthy had arrived earlier in the afternoon and probably departed earlier this morning, meaning the Tregurtha probably came in sometime earlier this morning also and is now at the coal dock.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2008

St. Clair in for repairs, then loading coal

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The St. Clair came into port on Saturday afternoon (above). It was scheduled to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources but had to go to Fraser Shipyards for repairs. One less boat will not make much difference at the coal dock today. The American Century preceded the St. Clair under the Lift Bridge and went over to load coal. The Canadian Transport was due last night and was likely loading coal at first light, after following the American Century. Today, 3 thousand footers will be coming in for more coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2008

American Republic here with limestone

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The American Republic, seen above entering the Duluth ship canal last January, loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is expected here today to discharge that cargo before going up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. It will then go to Cleveland to discharge part of the cargo at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. From there, the boat will go up the river to Mittal Steel to discharge the remaining pellets.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2008

W. N. Twolan brings baled wood pulp

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Stevedores at Lake Superior Warehousing Company began to discharge baled wood pulp from the barge McAllister 132 (above) on Wednesday morning. The barge was brought down from Thunder Bay by the tug W. N. Twolan. One lift truck is on the barge, taking one stack at a time and moving it to the opening at the side of the barge where another lift truck is picking them up to take to the warehouse. The bow of the barge is visible at the right. The picture was taken from just inside the warehouse. With favorable weather, they will complete the discharge on Friday evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2008

W. N. Twolan arrives with the wind

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An east wind with gusts up to 33 mph blew behind the tug W. N. Twolan as it entered the Duluth harbor at 6:30 last night (above). The tug was pushing a barge filled with a cargo of baled wood pulp that will be discharged at the Port Terminal today. The captain was navigating from an elevated pilothouse built on the barge, an unusual combination. They came from Thunder Bay, about a 25 hour trip, perhaps a little faster this time with the wind at their back.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2008

W. N. Twolan, a tug barge from Thunder Bay here with wood pulp

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The W. N. Twolan is the tug part of a tug-barge combination that is due here from Thunder Bay today with wood pulp bales. The Twolan often uses a barge that has its own elevated pilothouse that allows the captain to have an unobstructed view when the cargo on the barge is very high or the tug is pushing the barge in front of it. The tug itself has the main pilothouse, used when cargo on the barge does not obscure the view or when it is towing the barge behind it.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2008

Liamare here with wind turbine parts

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For several years, the tug W. N. Twolan was a somewhat regular visitor to the Twin Ports, bringing a variety of wood products down from Thunder Bay and on rare occasions, taking another wood product back to Thunder Bay. The Twolan was not here at all last year, but is expected in port today with a barge full of baled wood pulp. That will be discharged at the Port Terminal. Another vessel will also be discharging cargo at the Port Terminal today. The Dutch flagged Liamare came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) with another load of wind mill parts.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2008

BBC Plata here for grain

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The BBC Plata departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon (above). She spent about 36 hours in port loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. It was the ship’s second trip to the Twin Ports. It also loaded grain here last July. The Cason J. Callaway probably has arrived in port with a cargo of limestone. It will likely leave early this afternoon to load iron ore pellets at Two Harbors. A Dutch ship called the Liamare will be making its first trip to the Twin Ports today. It was built in 1999 and is bringing wind turbine parts into port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2008