Archives for August 16, 2008

Presque Isle 1000 foot tug/barge combo

Three thousand footers are due in port today to load coal. In an unusual event, they are spread out almost proportionately throughout the day. The Paul R. Tregurtha was expected just after midnight. It has been averaging about 10 hours in port on its 25 trips this season, meaning about 8 hours at the dock loading coal. It will leave late this morning, about the same time that the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be arriving to load coal. About 10 hours later, the American Century will be here for coal. Last week, there was a lot of waiting in line to load coal. Shipping companies like today’s efficiency much better than when their boats are sitting idle while they wait for a dock. One more thousand footer, the tug barge combination Presque Isle, will be here to load iron ore pellets. Above, it is approaching the Duluth ship canal last July. Photo taken on July 28, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2008