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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Buffalo enters Duluth under Lift Bridge

The Buffalo should be arriving in the Twin Ports around first light this morning. It will be only the 8th visit here since 1996 but the third visit here since August 1 last month. When it comes up to Lake Superior, it almost always loads iron ore pellets at Silver Bay that it takes to Mittal Steel on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Occasionally, as today and on its last trip earlier this month, it brings limestone here to discharge and then goes to Silver Bay to load taconite. When not on that run, it stops at many other, smaller ports on the lower lakes moving a variety of cargo.
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BBC Maine

The BBC Maine completed the discharge of wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal last night. They have either left for Thunder Bay to load grain or will shortly do so. Above, some of the last pieces were lifted from the lower deck of the ship yesterday. This a hub that was just pulled out and is being placed onto a truck that will take it to another part of the Port Terminal until it will  be taken to a wind farm in Adair, Iowa. The hub sits at the top of the tower in the wind turbine. It connects the 3 blades to the tower. Photo taken on September 18, 2008
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BBC Maine brings wind turbine parts

Wind turbine parts have been coming into the port since the Moezelborg arrived on July 26, 2004. Many of those parts, including the blades, were built by Siemens in Denmark. The BBC Maine is here today with more wind turbine parts from Siemens but no blades. The blades for this project will be manufactured at a Siemens plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. The final destination for the parts discharged here is a wind farm at Adair, Iowa. Above, the BBC Maine is seen arriving in Duluth on Tuesday morning. The pieces on the deck of the ship are wind turbine base units that are used for the tower on the wind turbine. Photo taken on September 16, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2008

Algoma Spirit here for wheat

Last winter the Sandviken was sold by Viken Shipping in Bergen, Norway to Algoma Central Railway, a Canadian shipping company that sends many boats such as the Algolake and the Algonorth to the Twin Ports. The ship arrived in the Twin Ports yesterday as the Algoma Spirit. Because of a previous contract, the ship still has the same Filipino crew as it had when it was the Sandviken and it is still loading grain in Great Lakes ports for foreign destinations, in this case wheat for Spain. The contract has two more years on it; after that, it may work more within the Great Lakes, but it will give Algoma the opportunity to earn money from it on the ocean during the winter when the Great Lakes are iced in and most lakers are sitting at docks in winter layup. Photo taken on September 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2008

Canadian Enterprise departs with coal

The Canadian Enterprise and the Canadian Transport were both built in 1979 to move low sulfur, western coal from the Twin Ports to Ontario power plants in Nanticoke. Both nearly identical boats are loading coal here today. The Enterprise was expected last night and should have departed by now, leaving the dock at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior open for the Transport which is expected later today. The Enterprise is pictured above departing the port with coal last month. Photo taken on August 19, 2008
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Drummond Islander II

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The Drummond Islander III took over the car ferry duties of the Drummond Islander II in Lake Huron. MCM Marine, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan bought the ferry and uses it as a tug on dredge projects. It arrived in the Twin Ports on August 28th, bringing a barge and a work tug and a lot of pipe it is using to create a suction dredge for a project here. Above, it is tied up at the Meehan dock in Superior, where the John Sherwin used to be and the retired cement boat, J. B. Ford, built in 1904, is now. Photo taken on September 12, 2008
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Carola is still Carola

The Carola has been at anchor off the Duluth piers. Although built in 2000, it has only been here once before, arriving last July (above). It is expected to come in later today to load grain at the CHS elevator. The J. W. Shelley arrived yesterday and is now loading grain at the Gavilon Elevator in Superior. The Shelley used to be called the Algocen, and the Gavilon used to be the Peavey. The Kaministiqua is loading grain at the CHS elevator in Superior. The CHS elevator used to be called Harvest States, and the Kaministiqua has been the Saskatchewan Pioneer, the Lady Hamilton and the Voyageur Pioneer. So far, wheat is still called wheat. Although there is durum wheat and spring wheat and winter wheat, both hard red and soft red winter wheat. Photo taken on July 09, 2007
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Kaministiqua arriving Twin Ports

The Kaministiqua came into port on Thursday morning, its first visit with that name. It started life as the Saskatchewan Pioneer in 1982 in Glasgow. The first ocean trip (after the initial trip from Scotland) left Duluth on November 14, 1983 for France. She visited Duluth many times after that as the Lady Hamilton. From 2006 to 2008, she was the Voyageur Pioneer. In 2008, she was sold again and now sails as the Kaministiqua. Photo taken on September 11, 2008
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Boland arrives under Aerial Lift Bridge

The John J. Boland came under the Lift Bridge on Wednesday afternoon (above) to load iron ore pellets for steel mills in Gary. This is only the 7th trip here for the boat. It makes a lot of stops in a lot of ports between here and Cleveland carrying a variety of cargos. It sometimes brings limestone in, although not on this trip. It loads both coal and iron ore pellets when in the Twin Ports. She is powered by two 3,600 horsepower GM diesel engines and has both bow and stern thrusters. Photo taken on September 10,2008
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H. Lee White arriving Duluth ship canal

The H. Lee White, seen above approaching the Duluth piers in May, will be here today for the 7th time this season. In about half the visits, it brought limestone to discharge before loading either iron ore pellets or coal. It has loaded taconite at the CN Dock here and in Two Harbors, and also at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe dock in Superior, and as today, it has also loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Today’s cargo will go to WE-Energies in Milwaukee. Photo taken on May 27,2008
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Edward H. newest tug for Heritage Marine

The Edward H. came under the Lift Bridge on Monday afternoon (above) ready to get to work as a new tug for hire in the Twin Ports. The former US Corp of Engineers tug Forney was purchased by Mike Ojard and his sons, Pat and Vince last year and renamed in honor of Mike’s father. They are open for business as Heritage Marine, accepting general towing jobs, particularly assisting salt water ships as they enter the harbor. They also anticipate breaking ice for boats needing assistance this winter. There will be a need since the shipping season usually continues until mid January. Photo taken on September 08, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2008

Quebecois arrives Duluth with cement

The Quebecois came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) with a cargo of cement to discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. This is its 59th trip here since 1996, the 11th trip this season. The cement is loaded in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto. It is quarried and processed there, and shipped to several distribution points, most of which are in Canada. It is a four day trip from Mississauga to Duluth. Photo taken on September 07,2008
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Indiana Harbor arrives for coal

The Indiana Harbor, seen above entering the Duluth harbor in June, should be here shortly after the sun rises and it is expected to depart shortly before the sun goes down. In between, it will load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. This is the 26th trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Despite the fact it was named for a city that uses a lot of iron ore pellets shipped from the Twin Ports, the Indiana Harbor has loaded coal on all but one of its trips here this season. Photo taken on June 13, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-07-2008

American Republic arrives Twin Ports

The American Republic (seen above entering the Duluth harbor in July) loaded coal in Toledo and is expected here today to discharge that cargo at the Reiss Dock before moving over to Midwest Energy to load coal for Silver Bay. From there it will take iron ore pellets to Cleveland, some of which will be dropped at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. It will then go up the river with the remaining pellets and discharge them at Mittal Steel. Mittal needs a certain amount of pellets that are higher quality and are only dropped once. The pellets discharged at the Bulk Terminal are dropped there and will be picked up later and taken to Mittal where they will be dropped a second time. Only a smaller boat like the Republic can load pellets in Silver Bay and go to Cleveland and then up the river to Mittal where they will drop those pellets for only the first time. The larger boats cannot navigate in the river. Photo taken on July 06, 2008
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Keizersborg discharging in Duluth

Built in 1996, the Keizersborg is one of the oldest Wagenborg ships to come to Duluth, but it is here today for only the 2nd time. The Dutch flagged ship is 428 feet long and brought the last cargo of wind turbine parts for a while (above). When it completed that discharge, it went over to the Hallett #5 dock to load bentonite for a down bound cargo. It probably departed earlier this morning. Photo taken on September 02, 2008
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Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin taking coal today

A couple days ago, the CSL Laurentien loaded coal here for Belledune, New Brunswick, a port on the Atlantic Ocean just north of Maine. The Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin will be here today to load more coal for Belledune. Above, it is departing Duluth with iron ore pellets in April, 2006. This boat was born in 2000 when the engine room of the H.M. Griffith was combined with a new hull. It is named after Canada’s 21st Prime Minister and the former president of Canada Steamship Lines, the owner of the boat.
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Canadian Ranger seldom visits here.

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The Canadian Ranger, seen above in May, 2005, came into port on Tuesday morning at 5:14 to load grain. This is only the 6th trip here for the boat since 2000. It was built in 1943 in Portland, Oregon as the Grande Ronde and has had a long life on both the ocean and the Great Lakes. In 1961, it was lengthened and widened in West Germany and renamed the Hilda Marjanne. In 1984, it exchanged sterns with the Chimo and got its current name.
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Walter J. McCarthy Jr. makes the turn.

On Monday, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien and the Antigua flagged Beluga Formation left Duluth before first light. After that and before dark, it was all thousand footers loading coal, 2 coming in and one departing. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came in around 1:00 (above). Today, we have limestone and more wind turbine parts arriving with coal and iron ore pellets leaving. The Canadian Ranger will be here to load grain.
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Pineglen to load grain

A lot of people spent a lot of time at the ship canal on Sunday waiting and watching but it wasn’t until 6 pm that a big boat came under the Lift Bridge in the light of day. The Charles M. Beeghly departed at 4:45 am. It was the Canadian flagged Pineglen (above), a boat that arrived on Friday evening to load grain. Not long after, the CSL Laurentien arrived to load coal for Belledune, New Brunswick, a trip that will take the boat into the Atlantic Ocean. It will probably leave here before the sun rises. Photo taken on August 31, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2008