Archives for August 2008

Beeghly arrives to friendly crowd

The Charles M. Beeghly arrived last night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. The boat gave a double salute to acknowledge the large crowd that gathered to welcome it to Duluth (above). It was built in 1959 in Toledo and is 806 feet long, and is nearly identical to the John Sherwin, a boat that spent many years in the Twin Ports sitting idle. This is the 8th trip here this season for the Beeghly, more than the total trips it made in each of the last 5 years. Photo taken on August 30, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2008

Flinterland on her way

The Flinterland departed Duluth on Thursday afternoon with a ship full of blades. Most every available space in its two cargo holds and up on deck, see above, was filled with wind turbine blades going to Brazil. I am assured that the boat is very seaworthy but it doesn’t look like it when you consider it is going into the Atlantic Ocean and then turning right for Brazil. Along the way, they will be sailing right into the waters that kick up hurricanes this time of year. I am assured this is not a problem but wind turbine blades are built to catch wind and with that many blades on deck to catch the wind, it would seem like they could fly down to Brazil. They have several private services that watch the weather closely and send them advisories that include updated tracks they should follow to avoid difficult weather. They are also advised where the ship should go to wait out a storm, and I assume it tells them when to go to those places in time to get there. Photo taken on August 28, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2008

Flinterland gets assist from cranes 1 & 2

A lot of boats arrived in Duluth yesterday and that means a lot of boats will be departing Duluth today. The Dutch flagged Flinterland is one of those boats. It arrived at sunrise on Wednesday and began to load wind turbine blades for Brazil at 8 am. Above, you see the Port Terminal’s two gantry cranes loading one blade into the cargo hold of the ship while a truck brings the next blade to be loaded into position. The last blades will be loaded onto the deck of the ship and that will make for a pretty picture when it departs, probably later today. Photo taken on August 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2008

Alpena arrives Duluth with usual cargo

Within this year of the wind turbine in the Twin Ports, today is the ‘day of the wind turbine.’ We expect one ship, the BBC Plata, to depart the port after discharging wind turbine parts, one, the Flinterland, will arrive to load wind turbine parts, and another one, the SCL Bern, will be here to discharge wind turbine parts, although it will have to wait for the first two to finish. And until wind turbines take over, the folks at Midwest Energy will be loading 4 boats with coal today, all going to electrical power plants on the lower lakes. And the Alpena, seen above coming into port August, 2006, will bring cement as it usually does about once every 3 weeks.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2008

Vancouverborg not going to Vancouver

Wikipedia says that the Garganey is a dabbling duck. The Garganey that will arrive late tonight is a Hong Kong flagged and Chinese owned ship that was built last year and is now operating under a charter to Canadian Forest Navigation, sometimes known as Canfornav. They operate a lot of ships that they name after ducks. Many of them, such as the Puffin, the Pintail and the Greenwing, to name a few, have been to the Twin Ports, usually to load grain although the dabbling duck ship will be loading bentonite. Above, we see the Vancouverborg departing the port Monday afternoon with beet pulp pellets. Photo taken on August 25, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-26-2008

Miner leaves visitors wanting more ships

Where is there a nicer boardwalk? In Duluth, you can go for a walk with a lighthouse on one side and a Great Lakes freighter on the other. Such was the case on Sunday as the Mesabi Miner departed the port with coal for Detroit Edison as many late summer visitors enjoyed a beautiful day by the ship canal (above). We have two salties in port today; the BBC Plata is discharging wind turbine parts and the Vancouverborg will leave with beet pulp pellets. A third one, the Federal Yukon, will arrive to load grain. On Tuesday, BBC Plata will depart and the Garganey will arrive for its first trip here. On Wednesday, two more first time visitors will be here; the Flinterland to load wind turbine parts and the SCL Bern to discharge them. Photo taken on August 24, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2008