Archives for September 2008

Tug W.N.Twolan and barge McAllister 132

The tug W. N. Twolan came into port on Monday morning pushing the barge McAllister 132 (above). The barge was loaded with wood pulp bales. The tower you see in the middle of the picture is an elevated pilothouse that sits on the barge and not on the tug. The tug itself has the main pilothouse which is used when cargo on the barge does not obscure the view. Here, with a large load, the captain is navigating from the elevated pilothouse. The barge is being discharged by longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing at the Port Terminal. Photo taken on September 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2008

Asiaborg brings more wind turbine parts

Two boats are working the Duluth North Shore shuttle. The American Courage arrived here on Sunday afternoon with limestone and was expected to depart the port earlier this morning to go to Silver Bay to load taconite. The James R. Barker left here with coal for Taconite Harbor on Saturday and is expected back today to load iron ore pellets. The Asiaborg, arriving last night (above) on her 4th trip here this season, is taking care of the Europe to Duluth shuttle. It brought wind turbine pieces from Spain, the largest part being 37 nacelles all loaded below the weather deck. After loading the nacelles in Spain, it went over to Rotterdam to load cargo for discharge at both Detroit and Burns Harbor before coming here. That means sailing the entire length of Lake Michigan to Burns Harbor and then coming back to sail the entire length of Lake Superior to arrive here. Photo taken on September 28, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2008

Lee A. Tregurtha welcomed by crowd

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center will be 35 years old tomorrow. A birthday party yesterday was planned for outside but was moved inside because of the problematic weather. Outside might not have been good for birthday parties but it was great for boat watching at least around 6 last night. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed around 5:40. After clearing the piers, it moved over to make way for the Lee A. Tregurtha to come in (above). The North Pier Light was a good place to catch the action coming and going. Photo taken on September 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2008

Lee A. Tregurtha turns up the Duluth harbor

Late September still brings boat watchers to the Duluth ship canal. Many were there to watch the Lee A. Tregurtha come in around 6 pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2008.

Hans Lehmann at Port Terminal

We have not had many salt water ships this season, but three of them, each launched last year, keep coming back. The Hans Lehmann will be back today for the second time this season. On the first trip in July (above), it brought wind turbine parts. It will load grain on this trip, coming after a lengthy cargo discharge in Chicago. The Asiaborg is expected to arrive here sometime in the next couple weeks after discharging cargo in Detroit and Burns Harbor. It will bring wind turbine parts on this trip, as it has on 3 previous visits this year. The BBC Maine was here in August and last week with wind turbine parts and it is expected to make one more trip with wind turbines parts this year. Photo taken on July 14, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-26-2008

Federal Ems arriving port of Duluth

Earlier this week, the Federal Ems arrived off the Duluth piers and dropped anchor to wait for the Herbert C. Jackson to complete loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. The Jackson departed at 1:15 Wednesday afternoon. The Federal Ems was already in port, coming in about an hour earlier (above). Named after the Ems River in Germany, the ship is loading wheat to take to Ravenna, Italy, a port connected to the Adriatic Sea by canal. Wheat taken from the Twin Ports to Italy is often used to make pasta. Photo taken on September 24, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-25-2008

Three boats in the Duluth harbor

After a wait at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Ems came into port today (Wednesday, September 24th, 2008) to load grain. The Vista King was right behind her giving tourists a close up view of the action. The tug North Dakota is at right, moving in to help the Federal Ems make her way to the CHS dock in Superior.

Tug Billmaier bringing in the tow

A Corp of Engineers tow came back to its home port (above) after a summer of working breakwaters in the Great Lakes. They left in June for Two Harbors and then went down to Burns Harbor. On the way back, they did more breakwater work at Marquette before returning to Two Harbors and then home yesterday. Breakwaters are created and maintained with very large pieces of stone and concrete. The Corps maintains piles of stone all over the Great Lakes that the tow can load on to their two barges rather than carrying the material long distances. From right to left, the tug Billmaier is pulling the entire tow, as the combination of vessels is called. Behind the tug is the derrick barge H. J. Schwartz and behind the Schwartz are two more barges, often carrying the stone they use. Attached to the side of the derrick barge is the Hammond Bay, a work tug that is used for a variety of tasks. After the tow entered the harbor on Monday, the Hammond Bay was detached and went to the back to help the Billmaier turn the entire lineup into the Corps of Engineers vessel yard. Photo taken on September 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-24-2008

Paul R. takes on fuel, wind turbine parts wait for trucks

No ships are in town discharging wind turbine parts but there are a lot of trucks leaving the port with pieces that have been brought here by ship. They are taking them to several wind farms in the Midwest, one piece for one truck at a time. Above, while the Paul R. Tregurtha was in town on September 8th and was stopped to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock, you could see wind turbine parts in what are called lay down areas, waiting for their truck. Even more were just behind the Tregurtha, which will be coming back today to load more coal. Photo taken on September 09,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2008

Gott making the turn in Duluth harbor

No coal will be loaded into boats in the Twin Ports today nor any grain. No wind turbines will be discharged either. No Canadian boats will be in either Duluth, Superior, Two Harbors or Silver Bay. That leaves US flagged boats loading iron ore pellets. And they will be doing that in each of those ports today. Duluth gets the Edwin H. Gott. It left Two Harbors last Sunday with iron ore pellets for Gary. It will be back for more pellets for Gary today, this time loading from the CN dock in West Duluth. Above, the Edwin H. Gott turns into the Duluth harbor after coming under the Lift Bridge in September, last year. Photo taken on September 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2008

Algolake departing Twin Ports harbor

The Algolake was here 18 times in 2005, the same number of visits in 2006 and 18 trips again in 2007. It should have arrived by now, for the 12th trip this year, putting it about on course for another 18 trip year. On all trips, the Algolake loads coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian laker usually arrives empty but occasionally brings in salt to discharge before loading coal. Today it comes empty but will have to wait for the Indiana Harbor to finish at the coal dock. It came in last evening and should be finished early this morning. The Algolake would then be departing early this afternoon. Above, it is making the turn toward the Lift Bridge on May 17, 2008.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2008