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

Cason J. Callaway brings coal

The Cason J. Callaway came into port late Monday afternoon (pictured) to discharge a cargo of coal at the Graymont Superior dock, formerly known as Cutler-Magner. The coal was loaded in Ashtabula and will be used to heat several of their kilns that are used to create lime from limestone, a cargo that is often discharged at the dock. Some of their kilns run with eastern coal, the coal the Callaway is discharging on this trip, while the rest of their kilns use western coal brought over from Midwest Energy Resources also in Superior. The Callaway will then load taconite at both the Duluth and Two Harbors CN docks, taking that cargo to Conneaut. Photo taken on June 22, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2009

Edgar B. Speer gets a very special Father’s Day greeting

Sunday was Father’s Day, often not so happy for families where Father is on a boat somewhere on the Great Lakes. But Edgar B. Speer captain Daniel Rentschler and third mate Thomas Lanthier were lucky. Rentschler brought the Speer into the Duluth ship canal early Sunday afternoon and was greeted by a lineup of happy kids holding banners wishing both fathers a happy day. From the left is Sarah Rentschler, the wife and mother, followed by their 2 children Gretchen and Ethan. Gretchen is under the sign with her hands over her ears. She knows what is coming; her father is about to blow the boat’s whistle. Going down the line, Tom and Chandra’s 4 children: Curtis, Paige, Kassidy and Dylan (the last two mostly hidden behind their banners). Chandra is not seen in the picture; she was taking a picture. Sarah and Chandra then took all the children over to the boat where they wished father a Happy Fathers Day with hugs instead of banners. Photo taken on June 21,2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2009

Clean & Safe jumping rope

jumprope  The Greater Downtown Council’s Clean & Safe Team has branched out into sidewalk entertainment. After team member Pat Castellano finished helping the Marathon Sunday cleanup, she got down with her own version of jump rope. She had a hard time talking the two little boys into trying it out, but the two big boys were happy to give it a try. This is a collage of 4 pictures; Pat is not really getting kicked in the head.

McCarthy goes unnoticed by many

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came in for some repairs on Thursday before it could move over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal. That done, the thousand footer went under the Lift Bridge about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon (pictured), in time to be ignored by many who, even though they had run 26 miles to get to the Marine Museum in Canal Park, had more important things to do than watch a boat, as in recover, sit, and rest, maybe even eat a snack or better yet, drink something. Photo taken on June 20, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2009

Grandmas 2009 Flash Show from Duluth Shipping News

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Herbert C. Jackson arrives for grain

The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in port on Thursday at 7 pm (pictured). After taking on fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock, it went over to the CHS elevator in Superior to load grain. The Jackson was built in 1959, a reminder of life on the Great Lakes before the thousand footers arrived. It is ‘only’ 690 feet long and was built with the traditional pilot house at the bow of the boat, meaning the captain looked directly into the water in front of the boat. Looking back, he would see the rest of the boat. Thousand footers are the reverse. The captain operates the boat from a pilot house at the stern of the boat. He sees the entire boat in front of him and water behind him. Photo taken on June 18, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2009

The real starting line

grandmasparkinglotgirls20090619_7364   Duluth is ready for the marathon. Our parking lots are empty and waiting (8 am on Friday, June 19). Kaylie Maki and Elizabeth Matthews (inset at left) will be happy to take your money and show you a great spot. In the meantime, you will be helping them raise money for the Duluth Superior Shoremen cheerleading squad. The Shoremen are our local semi-professional football team.

Edwin H. Gott gets lots of attention

Five thousand footers will be here today. One of them, the Edwin H. Gott, came in last night around 6 pm (above). The Gott went to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth before heading over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. The Gott should be finishing up and departing through the Superior entry around 4 am. Just after that, two more thousand footers, the Paul R. Tregurtha and the tug/barge combination Presque Isle, should be arriving by way of the Duluth ship canal, and the American Century should be finishing up at Midwest Energy Resources loading coal. It will then depart, clearing the dock for the Tregurtha. Photo taken on June 17, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2009

Mackinaw gone for the summer

The US Coast Guard ice breaker Mackinaw came under the Lift Bridge on June 9th to get repairs made at Fraser Shipyards to its unique Azipod propulsion units. It left there yesterday (above) and went under the Lift Bridge. They circled around beyond the piers for a while and then headed out into the Lake. I received a greeting of, “Have a nice summer.” I take that to mean they were satisfied that the repairs worked. The Alder is expected to go to Fraser on Thursday and will probably go into the dry dock in Saturday. Actually, they will probably go into the dock on Thursday. On Saturday, they will drain the dock, and it will then become a dry dock. Photo taken on June 16, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2009

Cornelius arrives to Canal Park crowd

The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in town on Monday afternoon (above), welcomed at the ship canal by a lot of people enjoying the ships and the sun together. This is the 4th trip here for the Cornelius this season. On this trip, it brought limestone in and when that is discharged, it will move over to both the General Mills elevator and to CHS to load wheat for Buffalo. On some of the trips last season, it arrived here in ballast (empty), other times as today, it brought limestone. The Cornelius loaded wheat for Buffalo on most trips last season although several times, it loaded iron ore pellets. Photo taken on June 15, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2009

Mackinaw comes out of dry dock, departs under the Lift Bridge

The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left Fraser Shipyards today (June 16, 2009), seen above going by the H. Lee White on her way to the Lift Bridge. This at 11:30 this morning. She is still in the area off the piers, checking out the repaired Azipods; not sure they will leave if everything is ok, or whether they will come back in. (Note at 4:00; after moving around just outside the Duluth piers, she has gone out into the lake, on her way, I presume, to her next job.

Indiana Harbor back here for coal

The Indiana Harbor came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) to load coal. It had to wait for the Canadian Transport to finish at the coal dock. That happened around 7 pm last night. The Indiana Harbor moved in and probably left for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan early this morning with about 64,000 tons of coal. While coal is still the big cargo moving today, there is cement and limestone to discharge, iron ore pellets to load and two ships loaded with grain to depart this evening. Photo taken on June 14, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2009

Alexia at anchor

First light on Saturday revealed the salt water ship Alexia at anchor off the Duluth piers (above). It should be there most of today before coming in late this afternoon to go to the CHS dock to be ready to load spring wheat on Monday morning. Late Monday evening, it is expected to depart, taking the wheat to a port on the eastern coast of Italy, possibly Ravenna. The international grain trade is a complicated business and is sometimes hard to predict too far in advance. A shipper may have a variety of orders to fill and more than one ship on the water with the correct cargo. A new order may appear that is closer to a ship that was going to another port. It may get switched to the new port while a second ship will be directed to the first ship’s original destination. The Alexia in this case, may get to the mid-Atlantic before getting the final destination for their cargo of spring wheat. Photo taken on June 13, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2009

Sunday morning in Duluth; coal and grain

canadiantransport20090614_7183  The Canadian Transport came in for coal on Sunday morning, June 14, 2009 while the Alexia, waiting beyond her in the outer anchorage, will come in later today to load spring wheat for Italy.

Paul R. helps make a wish come true

Four year old Eliot Kramer had a date with the Paul R. Tregurtha on Friday morning. He was in the house on the Lift Bridge, waiting for the Tregurtha to arrive (above). Eliot has leukemia and the Make-A-Wish Foundation had arranged to grant him his wish to blow the Lift Bridge whistle when a ship came in. Head bridge operator Ryan Beamer taught him all he needed to know to sound the bridge’s whistle in response to a greeting from the Tregurtha whistle. Tregurtha captain Tim Dayton had been clued into the Make-A-Wish event. Both Dayton and Eliot pushed their buttons for all they were worth. Eliot was so good at it that he was given an Honorary Bridge Operator certificate signed by Mayor Don Ness. And those around the bridge were treated to several more whistles from the bridge. Eliot knew the button to push and he kept pushing, taking good advantage of his opportunity. Photo taken on June 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2009

American Courage here with limestone

The American Courage came under the Lift Bridge late Thursday afternoon (above) with a cargo of limestone. It is the first visit since September 9 last year. It usually makes 3 or 4 trips a season, spending most of its time in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It is one of about four Great Lakes freighters that load taconite brought down by bigger boats that cannot operate in the Cuyahoga River. These ‘river boats’ pick the pellets up at the mouth of the river and take them to steel mills about 6 miles up river. Early risers might be able to catch two research vessels leaving the port for extended trips into Lake Superior. The Blue Heron may depart around 7 am this morning and the L.L. Smith, Jr., a couple hours later. Photo taken on June 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2009

New Aerial Lift Bridge operator brought on board


Make-A-Wish came to Duluth on Friday, June 12th, 2009. Eliot Kramer, above left, got his wish; he was at the controls as the Paul R. Tregurtha came to town. Ryan Beamer, chief Lift Bridge operator for the City of Duluth presented his new operator with a genuine bridge operator certificate, signed by Mayor Don Ness.




Eliot’s mother, Sara, is holding his little sister Naomi, as Ryan explains the inner workings of the bridge.

ek20090612_6954Make-A-Wish’s local helpers are at left, daughter Nicole and her mother Sue (right)


Eliot was not the only one to learn how to operate the bridge. But he was the only one that was authorized to push the buttons. His father Aron paid close attention.


With the new operator up to speed, it was time to test his mettle. That would be done by Captain Tim Dayton, who was, just coincidently, bringing his Paul R. Tregurtha to Duluth and needed the bridge lifted.


The Vista King came under the bridge as she was going out to meet the Tregurtha coming in. Below, the King’s sister ship, the Vista Queens coming in while the King is getting close to the Tregurtha.






Let’s see. What did he say this button did?




Mackinaw about to get out of dry dock


The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived here on June 9th to get repair work done on their  2 Azipod thruster engines mounted on pods at the stern of the ship. The propulsion units are below water, so the Mackinaw went into the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. They expect to come out on Friday June 12, 2009) and may move to a dock at the Port Terminal on Saturday for further inspection before heading back to work, possibly early next week. In the photos here, taken on Wednesday, workers, many here from Finland where the Azipods were developed, are completing their work. Both Azipods can be rotated 360 degrees, providing great maneuverability. She goes backward as easily as it goes forward.


Mackinaw in dry dock

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw came under the Lift Bridge on June 9th to get repair work done on their 2 Azipod thruster engines mounted on pods at the stern of the ship (above). The propulsion units are below water, so the Mackinaw went into the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. They expect to come out on Friday and may move to a dock at the Port Terminal on Saturday for further inspection before heading back to work, possibly early next week. In the photo above taken on Wednesday, workers, many here from Finland where the Azipods were developed, are completing their work. Both Azipods can be rotated 360 degrees, providing great maneuverability. She goes backward as easily as forward. Photo taken on June 10, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2009

BBC Amazon getting loaded for Chile

The BBC Amazon appeared ready to depart the port last night after loading 40 wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal on Tuesday. Fourteen of the blades were on the weather deck and had to be secured to the deck, a job done by local welders after the blades have been loaded. Wind turbine blades are built to catch the wind. This ship is going down to Chile and will encounter lots of wind as it sails through the Atlantic to the Panama Canal and then down the Pacific along the west coast of South America to Chile. The photo was taken Tuesday morning at the Port Terminal. Each gantry crane has one end of a blade as they are slowly lowering the blade into the cargo hold. Photo taken on June 09, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2009

BBC Amazon waiting for calmer winds

All was quiet at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Monday morning. The wind blew away the plan to load 40 wind turbine blades into the BBC Amazon on Monday. Three wind turbine blades were in place to be loaded into the BBC Amazon (above) but the work was postponed until this morning. Before arriving in Duluth on Sunday afternoon, the ship had loaded wind turbine parts in Denmark and had discharged them in Burns Harbor and Thunder Bay. It came here light, ready to load wind turbine blades built in Grand Forks and headed for Chile. After that, the ship was scheduled to enter the BBC’s liner service between Houston and ports in Brazil and Argentina. Liner service is a regular, scheduled service with a variety of cargo from many different shippers, a little like a UPS service. Photo taken on June 8, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2009

Wind turbines for Chile

One of 40 wind turbine blades built in Grand Forks and going to Chile is hoisted off a a trailer and into the BBC Amazon this morning (June 9, 2009), all this at the Port Terminal in Duluth. You can see another trailer with another blade to be loaded into the ship at the lower left of the picture.

BBC Amazon makes first trip to Duluth

As of today, the Twin Ports are back in the wind turbine business for another season. The BBC Amazon arrived late Sunday afternoon, its first trip to the Twin Ports. Longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal will begin loading 40 wind turbine blades at 8:00 this morning. The ship will deliver that cargo to Chile, departing either late tonight or sometime on Tuesday. The BBC Amazon will look more interesting on departure since the weather, or top, deck will be loaded with wind turbine blades, always a fun sight to see. Photo taken on June 07, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2009

Algolake in Duluth harbor

The Algolake came under the Lift Bridge at 11:30 on Saturday morning. After clearing the bridge, it continued straight ahead until it arrived at the Cutler Salt Dock in Duluth to discharge salt that was loaded in Goderich, Ontario. When completed, it would be going over to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, its usual cargo and destination. About an hour later, the Paul R. Tregurtha came under the bridge, passing behind the Algolake on its way to the coal dock. Later Saturday afternoon, when the Algolake finished discharging salt, the Tregurtha was still at the coal dock so the Algolake backed out of the slip (above) and went back under the bridge to wait in the outer anchorage for the Tregurtha to finish at the coal dock. Photo taken on June 06, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2009

What rain? We just got married!

There were a lot of weddings in Duluth on Saturday, all with dreams of bright sunshine, blue sky, and I am sure lots of boat traffic. It is a hopeful sign when two people are starting out their new life together climbing the back stairs of Grandma’s Sports Garden (presumably to the reception) in the rain, and they stop when a stranger yells at them, “Can I take your picture.” And they stop and they are smiling!

H. Lee White approaches Duluth canal

The H. Lee White was expected in port early this morning on its 4th visit to the Twin Ports this season. It is here to load 28,000 tons of coal for Silver Bay Power. In the picture, it is seen entering the Duluth ship canal on May 27th last year. Despite its short length (704 feet), it has both bow and stern thrusters and a self-unloading system that can discharge cargo up to 6,000 tons per hour. Twenty-three hatches on deck open into six cargo holds below deck, giving it a maximum capacity of 35,200 tons. Photo taken on May 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2009

Algosoo arrives in the sunshine

The line for coal is still with us this morning. The Algosoo spent most of Thursday waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers. As night fell on Thursday, two thousand footers were at the Port Terminal waiting for the Canadian Progress to complete loading coal. The James R. Barker goes in next followed by the American Century. That should leave the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources open for the Algosoo to come in sometime Friday afternoon. If this was the Duluth Train News, I would be telling you about all the trains that keep arriving at Midwest on a daily basis with coal from mines in Wyoming and Montana. They drop it in the back door as the ship loader is taking it off the very large pile and dropping about 60,000 tons into each thousand footer that stops by. We wouldn’t have a line for coal if there were not a lot of trains bringing it in from the west.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2009

Canadians coming in and staying out

algoisle20090605_6716The Algoisle comes into port to load iron ore pellets on Friday morning, June 5th while the Algosoo waits at anchor to come in and load coal.

A chance encounter

It’s not often I run into someone who grew up in Oakmont, Pennsylvania while I am delivering my newsletters at the Ship Canal. But this morning, there was Jill Landwehr standing with her husband Jerry ready to watch the James R. Barker come in to load coal. We decided to take pictures of each other taking pictures of each other. I put two together above to get the boat coming and going. Both are retired teachers living in Morris, Minnesota. They met on a dude ranch in Wisconsin and they have been and still do live on a hobby farm with 2 horses and other animals. And yes, I lived in Oakmont for 2 years but never met Jill until today. Fancy that!

And the lineup continues

The Adam E. Cornelius was expected to arrive early this morning to load wheat at Harvest States. All the other traffic today will load coal. Last night two Canadian boats were waiting in the harbor for the Atlantic Erie to complete loading coal. The Canadian Olympic came under the lift bridge (above) at 6 pm to line up just behind the Atlantic Erie while the Canadian Progress was in line at the inner anchorage. The American Integrity was waiting at the outer anchorage and the James R. Barker was headed for the anchorage from Taconite Harbor. The American Century was out in the lake behind the Barker. One other Canadian, the Algosoo, was expected earlier this morning to join the line somewhere. Photo taken on June 03, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2009

In line at anchor

Thursday morning on June 4, 2009: there are two boats in the harbor waiting to load coal (American Century and the Canadian Progress) and outside the Duluth piers, the Algosoo (left) and the James R. Barker (right) also wait to load coal.

McCarthy finds harbor crowded

Six boats will be coming into port today to load coal, two of them coming in from the anchorage just beyond the piers. At least one and maybe two will still be here from yesterday’s coal dock lineup. If the Indiana Harbor left Tuesday night, mid morning should see the last of Tuesday’s boats, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., departing. In the picture, the McCarthy is just arriving on Tuesday (on the right) as the Canadian Transport, seen in the picture moving behind the McCarthy from the left, is departing. The McCarthy, however, was only coming in to wait for the CSL Laurentien to finish. It works that way at the golf course too. One group is on the tee (Midwest Energy), the next group is on deck (at the port terminal) and the group after that is in the hole (at anchor). Photo taken on June 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2009

Two Wagenborg ships get longer

The Nassauborg has been loading beet pulp pellets at General Mills in Duluth (above) but this past winter, she was in Zhoushan (China) getting more footage added to her length. In the picture below, courtesy of Captain Menno van der Groen, both the Prinsenborg (foreground) and the Nassauborg, just behind the Prinsenborg, are in drydock for the upgrade. They went in at 468 feet long and came out over 570 feet long. According to the captain, the addition will add to their cargo space without increasing their draught, thus maintaining their ability to service shallow ports. The upgrade will not change the ship’s fuel consumption or speed.

Boats waiting at anchor for a spot in line

The Canadian Transport (above left) and the Indiana Harbor (above right) were at anchor most of Monday waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The CSL Laurentien was waiting at the Port Terminal for the James R. Barker to finish loading coal, probably late last night. That would put the Laurentien completing around 3 am this morning, leaving the berth open for the Canadian Transport to come in. The Indiana Harbor may get to the berth late this morning after the Transport departs. That would put it leaving in the late afternoon or early evening, thus ending Monday’s lineup of boats. That will give a rather late start to today’s boats arriving to load coal: the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Atlantic Erie and Canadian Olympic. And yes, there will be 3 more on Wednesday, including the James R. Barker, the boat that was first in line Monday. After a quick trip to Taconite Harbor, it will likely be at the end of today’s line waiting to load coal. Photo taken on June 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2009

July is only 28 days away

Spring is here, at least if you only look at pictures. Pretty yes, and cold, yes too. July is only 28 days away. The Indiana Harbor sits just above the observation deck at the Radisson Hotel. She is waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.

CSL Laurentien enters Duluth ship canal

Three US flagged thousand footers and two Canadian flagged freighters, one 730 and the other 740 feet long, will be here today to load a total of 247,000 tons of coal. No other activity is expected. US boats do take coal to Canadian ports but today, they will all go to US ports. The Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien, seen above entering the Duluth piers in 2002, will go to Belledune, New Brunswick while the Canadian Transport will go to its usual port, Nanticoke, Ontario. The wait for the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources may cause some of the boats to drop anchor off the Duluth piers.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2009