|The Duluth Coast Guard cutter Alder left today (above, November 29, 2010) to finish up their year’s work on Aids to Navigation before coming back in December to battle the Duluth Superior ice.
Aids to Navigation are man-made objects used by mariners to determine their position on the water or to maintain a safe course. They include buoys, day beacons, lights (lighthouses), radio beacons, fog signals, marks and other devices used to provide "street" signs on the water. Aids To Navigation include all the visible, audible and electronic symbols that are established by government and private authorities for piloting purposes. You can go here for more information.
Commander Mary Ellen J. Durley and her crew will work the Eastern side of Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, and Northern Lake Michigan.
Archives for November 2010
November 29, 2010 by 2 Comments
November 27, 2010 by 7 Comments
November 25, 2010 by 3 Comments
|… for making the Twin Ports of Duluth Superior an exciting place to live. Specifically, the Three Rivers, above, top for coming in this afternoon (Thanksgiving, 2010) to load wheat, and thanks to the Orla, above, bottom, for departing for the port of Pasajes, Spain (below) at the same time with some of our mid-western wheat.|
November 23, 2010 by 2 Comments
|With 7 days left in November, we have 5 salt water ships in Duluth today, two of those at anchor. Above the Orla, framed by the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, is waiting to come in while the Three Rivers is just south of her (below). Four more salt water ships are expected by the end of the month. The last salt water ship usually departs the Twin Ports by December 18th.|
November 21, 2010 by 5 Comments
November 15, 2010 by 4 Comments
|… between the Calliroë Patronicola (left) and the Rebecca (right) as the week before Thanksgiving began in Duluth Minnesota. The Olympic Mentor is waiting to load barley for Tunisia at both the Gavilon (formerly Peavey) and CHS2 (formerly Harvest States) terminals in the harbor. The Calliroe Patronicola is waiting to load durum wheat for Italy at CHS1 and the Rebecca is waiting to load durum wheat for Tunisia at CHS1. The Federal Elbe is loading grain at Riverland (formerly Cargill) today. Seven more salt water ships are expected here by November 21st.|
November 13, 2010 by 4 Comments
|The LSMMA was holding their annual Gales of November get-together inside the DECC, while a gale of November 13th was blowing just outside the door. Here, with winds as high as 45 mph, the Calliroë Patronicola, on the left, and her sister ship Olympic Mentor, sit quietly off the Duluth piers waiting to come in and load grain. Inside the DECC, one of the presentations was about another Greek ship, the Socrates, and the trouble she had off the Duluth piers in the middle 80’s. Watch our live web cam, now showing on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, waiting to see if the waves touch the bottom of the bridge. Sorry for the ugly commercial at the start; i have no control over it.|
November 7, 2010 by 2 Comments
|The ocean going heavy lift ship Tracer arrived in Duluth on Friday, November 5th, 2010. She brought equipment that was discharged at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal directly onto railcars for the trip to the final destination in Lethbridge, Alberta. Included were two very heavy transformers that were discharged onto special railcars. The first to be pulled out of the ship’s cargo hold is seen above.|
November 6, 2010 by 1 Comment
|On Friday afternoon, November 5, 2010, the Mesabi Miner came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for the 37th time this season, on her way to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She was coming from Taconite Harbor and at 01:42 this morning (November 6), she departed Duluth for a return trip to Taconite Harbor to deliver a cargo of coal. You can see the Greek flagged Island Skipper at anchor waiting to come in, probably on Monday, to load grain. She was last in the Twin Ports in November, 1998.|
November 3, 2010 by Leave a Comment
|… 64,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan this morning (November 3, 2010). She (American Integrity) is expected back around November 11 to load more coal. That will be her 27th trip to the Twin Port of Duluth Superior this season.|
November 2, 2010 by Leave a Comment
|The Irma was launched from a shipyard in Japan on December 10, 1999. Above, she is arriving in Duluth 10 months later. I was so excited to visit the brand new ship that I took a lot of pictures, including this close-up of the ship’s new whistle (inset), complete with a green button to get it going. On her 2nd trip here, in August, 2000, she loaded steel coils in Europe that were discharged in Cleveland and Burns Harbor before coming to Duluth. Most cargo ships that come to Duluth to load grain have discharged another cargo in a couple Great Lakes port before arriving. Sometimes, Duluth is the port where the last piece of inbound cargo is discharged although not on the trip she is making to Duluth November, 2010. As she always has, she will load grain here.|