Archives for October 2010

Duluth Shipping News webcam ….

… caught the Indiana Harbor departing Duluth late in the afternoon of October 23, 2010. Click here to watch the live action on DSNTV, unless of course there is no boat traffic under the Lift Bridge; then you can watch the cars go over the Bridge

Big things at the Port Terminal

belugafrequency20101016_5478 On Saturday, October 16, 2010, a genera-    tor, built in Germany and destined for         Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Brookings, South Dakota, was discharged at Lake Superior Warehousing Company from the Beluga Frequency onto a 16-axle trailer operated by Perkins Motor Transport (Northfield, Minnesota).
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Duluth Storage, formerly Cargill, is now loading the Federal Pioneer

She is seen above just after coming under the Lift Bridge, around 1 pm Friday afternoon, October 15, 2010. Above, the tug Kentucky is helping the ship (Federal Pioneer) turn around before backing into the slip at Duluth Storage (formerly Cargill), alongside the grain terminal at the right of the picture.

I said pass the salt, not pour it …


… and that the Algolake did, until the early morning hours of Monday, October 11, 2010. Anders Rasmussen loaded his vessel with salt at the Sifto salt mines in Goderich, Ontario. After building the pile you see above at the North American Salt Company in Duluth, he celebrated  Canadian Thanksgiving by loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, his usual stop when he is in the Twin Ports.

Please pass the salt …

The Algolake brought in the salt on Sunday afternoon, October 10th, 2010. Her self unloader is extended over a hopper inside a building at the North American Salt Company in Duluth. Later, the arm will be swung to the right and they will start a big pile of salt outside; it is flat now; by 3 am this morning, when the boat should be gone, the pile will be very high. A good night’s work.

Out with the new and in with the old …

As the sun was going down on Wednesday evening, October 5th, the 1,004 foot Mesabi Miner was departing the port with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan while the Canadian flagged Quebecois, only 730 feet long, was coming in with a cargo of cement for Holcim (formerly St. Lawrence Cement). While in the picture, the two pilot houses are passing just next to each other, the Miner pilot house is on her stern and the Quebecois pilot house is on her bow. The Quebecois is showing her age. Built in 1963, that’s where they put the pilot house then. A decade or so later, that long standing tradition was turned around and boats were built with the pilot house at the stern of the boat.

Two ships in Duluth, both with wind turbine parts loaded in Aarhus, Denmark.

The BBC Volga is discharging wind turbine parts loaded in Aarhus, Denmark. The parts will be taken by truck to Minnesota and Manitoba. The Avonborg, sitting just in front of  the BBC Volga, had just finished doing the same thing except all her cargo will be going to Manitoba.

Hello to Afrodite

Captain Stilianos Mamouzelos will be taking his ship, Olympic Miracle, under the Lift Bridge sometime late this afternoon or early evening (Monday, October 4, 2010). They loaded a cargo of wheat to take to Italy, probably the port of Ravenna. Of course going under the Lift Bridge puts him front and center on the Duluth Shipping News web cam. Watch the ship depart Duluth and try to catch the Captain waving hello to his wife, Afrodite. She will be watching from their home on the Greek island of Limnos in the northern part of the Aegean Sea. Above, the Captain is seen just outside the ship’s bridge on Monday afternoon.

The Swiss Navy arrived in Duluth …


… at 5:20 in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 2010. There were no casualties. As often happens in Duluth, four new crew members will replace 4 from the incoming crew. Notice that the ship has been painted red since the last visit she made to the port. (see October 2, 2010 post) She will  load grain at the CHS1 grain terminal in Superior.

The Swiss Navy comes to Duluth

The Sabina was expected in the Twin Ports on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2010. It will be her 4th visit here. She also visited in August, 2000 and September, 2007 and October, 2008. When she was here in 2000, she loaded bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth and then went to Thunder Bay to load peas. After discharging both cargos in Europe, she loaded steel pilings in England and set out for the Panama Canal and then to Tacoma, Washington to discharge the steel. It took her 6 more years to get back to Duluth but we are always happy to welcome the Swiss Navy.
The Sabina is one of several Swiss flagged salt water ships that visit Duluth. You might know that Switzerland does not have a salt water port, but these ships, known in some quarters as the Swiss Navy, have taken on that duty; they carry the flag around the world. The home port for this ship is Basel, Switzerland, a city the ship could not possibly get to without being taken apart.

Callaway comes in with a pot of gold, maybe ..

markgrimoct122010-1 Mark Grim caught these pictures of the Cason J. Callaway as she approached the Duluth entry on Friday night, October 1, 2010. She was bringing a cargo of limestone from Calcite, Michigan. She was expected to depart the port late Saturday or Sunday a.m. with iron ore pellets for Conneaut.

Two sister ships from Greece pass each other in Duluth

Olympic Miracle passes the Olympic Melody in the Duluth harbor
The Olympic Melody departed Duluth just as her sister ship Olympic Miracle was arriving. Both loaded grain at CHS 1 in Superior so the Miracle was indeed taking over for the Melody