Archives for June 2009

A new (to the port) vessel came into port today (June 30, 2009)

The tug Erika Kobasic brought a high pressure vessel into port today. It was loaded in Sandusky and will eventually be taken to Beulah, North Dakota. It was discharged at the Port Terminal today (June 30, 2009). For more pictures, click here:

Paul R. Tregurtha departs Twin Ports

The officers and crew on the Paul R. Tregurtha (pictured departing the port in September, 2007) will be working an almost normal 7 to 4 shift today. They are due here around 7 this morning to load coal and should finish up and depart later in the afternoon for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Not much is normal at the dock at the DECC however. The EPA vessel Lake Guardian is there now and the security fencing is going up as we await the arrival of a tall ship, the Denis Sullivan on Friday and the first visit of the cruise vessel Clelia II on Saturday. That activity will push the Lake Guardian out to the anchorage beyond the piers to wait for the dock to open up again, probably early next week. They are here to host an educational program on July 7th for 4th through 10th grade teachers put on by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Minnesota Sea Grant. Photo taken on September 06, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2009

Quebecois approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

In fifteen trips here last season, twice the number of trips it usually makes to the Twin Ports, the Quebecois brought cement ten times and loaded iron ore pellets on the five other visits. Today, it makes only its 3rd trip this year, the second time it has discharged cement. There are two cement docks in port. The tug G. L. Ostrander brought the barge Integrity with cement to the Lafarge dock in Superior over the weekend. It left on Sunday morning. The Quebecois will discharge cement at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. It usually takes a couple days to discharge the cement at St. Lawrence. Photo taken on September 07, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2009

Ostrander and Integrity arrive Duluth

The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity through a rainy, even cold, Duluth ship canal on Saturday morning (pictured). One family and a photographer were the only people in sight. More should be there this afternoon when the same combination departs. It has replaced the Alpena as the Lafarge vessel to deliver cement to the Twin Ports. The Alpena is in temporary dry dock in Alpena, Michigan, waiting one supposes for the economy, particularly the construction industry, to improve. The port does have a lot of integrity today. Along with the barge Integrity, the American Integrity will be here to load coal. Photo taken on June 27, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2009

HOG Rally Parade

hogs20090628_8229-499x367 The Minnesota State H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) Rally Parade comes down Piedmont Ave on Saturday night, June 27, 2009.





Then there was the parade after the parade!


John J. Boland and the Vistas

American Steamship sold their boat called the John J. Boland in 1999. It became the Canadian flagged Saginaw. The company then renamed the Charles E. Wilson to the John J. Boland. It came in last night (pictured, in background) with a cargo of limestone picked up in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at Graymont’s Superior Plant, previously called CLM (Cutler-Magner), it will depart this morning for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for a Mittal steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The Boland is seen entering the harbor last night behind the Vista King and to the right of the Vista Queen. The two Vista boats are in front since they are celebrating the company’s 50th birthday today. Photo taken on June 26, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2009

Presque Isle arrives Twin Ports

The tug/barge combination Presque Isle came into port on Thursday morning around 8:00 (pictured), first stopping for fuel and then going to the CN Dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets. Except for some repairs, the Presque Isle has been moving iron ore pellets loaded in Duluth, Superior and Two Harbors and taking that cargo to either Gary or Conneaut. At the end of May, the vessel went to Erie for repairs. It was in Erie in 1973 that the Presque Isle was ‘put together’ from three separate pieces; the bow of the barge built in Bay City, the barge body built in Erie, and the tug built in New Orleans and brought to Erie using the Mississippi River and other inland waterways. The vessel’s 250 foot self unloader was built in the Twin Ports. The Presque Isle was expected to depart last night or early this morning. Photo taken on June 25, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2009

Gott goes under the Aerial Lift Bridge

The Edwin H. Gott came under the Lift Bridge around 5 pm on Wednesday to first get fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock at the Port Terminal and then move down to the BN dock to load iron ore pellets for Gary. The thousand foot long Gott will be joined by 3 more thousand footers today. Actually the Paul R. Tregurtha has been here for repairs but was expected to begin loading coal last night and will likely depart this morning. The Presque Isle is expected here this morning to load iron ore pellets, and later today, the Indiana Harbor will be here to load coal. Photo taken on June 24, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2009

Exclusive: Airplane flies under Lift Bridge. Not!

foldedwing20090625_8172  I received a call about an airplane of some sort and the Lift Bridge and of course assumed I was getting that big scoop – 50 years from now, people will look at the Duluth Shipping News picture taken way back in 2009 and say Wow; remember when they showed that picture on CNN and then it won a Pulitzer too.

Well, I misunderstood but it l took me a while to figure it out. I thought they were offering me a ride. No. They were going to the air show at the Duluth DECC and they flew into Sky Harbor airport, put the plane on a truck, folded the wings, and took off (pun intended) for the DECC. Not sure why they called me, but finally I realized what was going on. To get to the DECC from Sky Harbor, you have to go over  (or through) Lift Bridge.

So like the news hound that i am, i walked out and got the picture. They did close the bridge to traffic while the wide load came through.

The plane is made by Glasair Aviation. It is a kit, and has a folded wing option. A video on their site shows an retired couple driving their motor home down the road with their plane on a trailer behind it.

You see here exclusive photos of the Sportsman 2+2 coming over the bridge, alas, not under it.


Presque Isle comes in with the sun.

Actually, this is late June and she came in long after the sun arrived, just a little before 8 am on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

Canadian Progress here for iron ore pellets

The Canadian Progress arrived on Monday afternoon at 5:00. It almost always loads coal for Nanticoke when in town, but it is expected to depart the port this morning with a cargo of iron ore pellets. The Canadian flagged Algosoo will also be here today to load pellets. Both cargos will be loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. Coal is still big and the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, just across the St. Louis River from the CN Dock, will be busy all day finishing up the American Century and then loading the Paul R. Tregurtha, both thousand footers, each loading about 64,000 tons for Detroit Edison power plants. Photo taken on June 23, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2009