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.