The cement carrier Alpena was the first cargo boat to go under the Lift Bridge in the 2009 shipping season. Coming in just after 3 on Monday afternoon, it was also the first boat from beyond the Soo Locks. A little more than an hour later, the James R. Barker made the turn from the St. Louis River and came up the Duluth harbor (above) with about 58,000 tons of coal for Marquette. It spent the winter layup at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior … [Read more...] about James R. Barker ‘first out’ for season
Archives for March 2009
I had a chance to take a ride of the Alder this morning, but I had to tell them I was too busy taking pictures of them. Here, she is coming right at me with the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. on her right and the Edwin H. Gott on her left. The McCarthy is due to depart with coal on Tuesday; the Gott may leave with iron ore pellets on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Alder out breaking ice
Twelve boats spent the winter layup in the port; two of them plan to depart today; the James R. Barker with coal for Marquette, and the Lee A. Tregurtha light to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. A surprising late addition to the Monday schedule is the Alpena. It usually makes its first appearance here around the middle of April but will be here about noon with a cargo of cement for the Lafarge dock in Superior. The early arrival is a bit … [Read more...] about Alpena arrives Duluth with cement
March 29th, 2009 MODIS data acquired by direct broadcast and processed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison The season may actually begin on Monday. The Alpena became a new entry in the ‘race’ for first. She was expected around 8:30 Monday morning but may be delayed since she is taking a longer route along the North Shore. A look at the satellite image here shows why. The open water closer the shore beats the ice in the … [Read more...] about The Alpena hugs the North Shore on her way to Duluth
The tug Edward H. spent the winter behind the DECC. Mike Ojard and his son Patrick were down there installing some new pumps for their engines today. That’s Patrick waving to the camera. Mike’s other son, Vince, is the third member of the family partnership. They are open for business and waiting for the season to start like everybody else. They may go to Two Harbors shortly to break up the ice. That will take them by their home port of Knife … [Read more...] about The tug Edward H. is getting ready to work
I have been trying to combine the web page at DuluthShippingNews.com and the blog at DuluthBoats.com for several days now. Each day, I make some progress. I hope you will be patient with me; I think the blog is very usable now; the web page may take a day or more. The blog will now be located at dululthshippingnews.com and duluthboats.com will have the schedule of arrivals and departures Thanks, Ken … [Read more...] about Back to normal, almost maybe
On Sunday, March 22, 2009, the wind was blowing at 32 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. No boats, little sun, not much snow and the only ice to be seen was along the shore fronting the lineup of hotels in Canal Park, that the result of the stiff wind from the east. The temperature was 34 degrees. Maybe next Sunday the American Mariner will make it to Duluth and be the first boat under the bridge. The Alder is back after a trip to Thunder Bay to break … [Read more...] about No boats, little sun, not much snow and the only ice
The Alder went out for a quick trip through the harbor and out into the Lake on Monday, March 16th. With no traffic set until the 29th, there was not a lot that could be done. Tuesday afternoon, she left for Thunder Bay. They will see traffic before we will. In the picture, we were headed out into Lake Superior on Monday after just going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. We returned about 20 minutes later. The Alder goes into Lake … [Read more...] about Coast Guard vessels Alder and Mackinaw out breaking ice
I will be going out on the Alder on Monday morning (March 16th). They will be checking the ice thickness in the shipping channels in the harbor; I will try to get some good pictures and video. Keeping the shipping lanes open in the harbor is the direct responsibility of the Alder. Local tugs handle the work closer to the docks; the Alder only goes in there on request, when needed. This is the last ice breaking season here for … [Read more...] about Going out on the Alder to check on ice conditions in the Duluth harbor.
The Alder left her dock at 8:30 on Tuesday morning (see picture). That was the first ship movement of the new season. An expected blizzard later today will bring the Alder back to the dock this afternoon rather than making a one-day training run to Lake Superior, as originally planned. The beginning of the shipping season has been delayed from an expected departure of the James R. Barker on March 17th to … [Read more...] about New shipping season problems in Duluth, Great Lakes
The Alder announced their initial plans for the new season. See just below, dated March 5, 2009 The U.S. Coast Guard will be commencing icebreaking operations in and around Duluth/Superior Harbor on 10 March 2009. Areas of operation include Superior Entry, Superior Front Channel in vicinity of Barker’s Island, St. Louis Bay between Richard Bong Memorial Bridge and John A. Blatnik Bridge, and approaches to Duluth and Superior Harbor … [Read more...] about Season to begin with the Alder on March 10th and the James R. Barker on the 18th.