John B. Aird makes grand entrance

After a day waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the John B. Aird came under the Lift Bridge Monday afternoon at 3:30 (above). It was the 10th trip the Canadian flagged vessel has made to the Twin Ports this season. As it did on the previous 9 visits, it is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources for Thunder Bay. Once inside, it had to wait for the American Integrity to complete loading coal, probably around 8 pm last night. No salt water ship has left the port later than December 20th since at least 1996, but after the Federal Manitou finishes loading durum wheat at CHS sometime today, the Beluga Revolution will follow. The Tatjana, still out in the lake, also needs to load spring wheat at CHS so it can start the 1,154 mile trip to the Atlantic Ocean and then to Italy before the locks in the Seaway close for the winter. Photo taken on December 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2008
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