Archives for May 2012

Such a beautiful day in Duluth


HHL Congo brings blades to Duluth

The HHL Congo arrived in Duluth on May 19, 2012 (below) with a cargo of wind turbine blades. She was assisted by the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. Launched in 2011 as the Beluga Fealty, this was the HHL Congo’s first trip to Duluth Superior. Above, one of the blades is lifted from the ship’s cargo hold at the Port Terminal.

Americaborg brings wind turbine parts

The Americaborg came into port on May 15, 2012 with wind turbine pieces built in Denmark by Siemens Wind Power. Above, a nacelle has just been discharged from her cargo hold and deposited on ‘Big Red’ for the short trip to the other end of the Port Terminal. After all wind turbine pieces had been discharged, she moved over to the CHS 1 terminal in Superior to load grain. She may leave on Sunday although weather may delay her departure.

Pro Print runs off 100,000 Duluth Shipping News sheets

…  now I will fill in the blanks for the next 100 days, starting Friday. That’s press man Duc Vo making a last check on color and  supreme sales person and advisor Jeanne Carson next to him. I thank them both and Pro Print for their help and for a great job. Now bring on summer!

More from the bear

Gary Hopp sent this note and the 2 pictures here taken by Buzzy Winter who works for him at Great Northern Services, Inc. 20120515-3715-Watermarked20120515-3729-Watermarked

That silly bear was napping in a tree behind our house on Park Point from about 9am to 10am before making his assault on the South Pier. He eventually went to the bay side of park point then swam across the bay to Bayfront Park. I have not heard any additional reports of where he went from there.

Our new bear cam

bear20120515_2119…caught this bear walking along the South Pier this morning (May 15, 2012) Click to enlarge. Below, the bear climbed down from the pier, on its way to the beach. I first heard about it when the Chief Bridge operator, Ryan Beamer made an announcement on the bridge public address system. And you think you had troubles today!, Ryan recalled his announcement for me here.
And then he told me  some of what happened, starting by describing what the man at the end of the pier was doing.
That’s Aerial Bridge operator Dale Mitchel with the stick (actually a pole they use to clean lights high off the ground). When he saw the bear, he jumped up from his chair in the bridge house, picked up the closest thing he could find and then went out to make sure the bear was being a good citizen. The bear had just jumped over the wall on the beach when Dale arrived at the wall. Below, several squad cars soon arrived to check out the situation.

Ebroborg makes a quick trip to Duluth

The Dutch flagged Ebroborg came into town on Friday (May 11, 2012) to get bentonite clay at  Hallett Dock #5. She left with her cargo on Saturday morning (above).

Japan to Duluth and now to Alberta

Last night (Monday, May 7, 2012), one of the three large pieces discharged from the Clipper Gemini was slowly moved into place to become part of the train being built to leave for Alberta later today. All three pieces, each on three separate cars,  will be connected to make the train.

Discharging the Clipper Gemini

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The first of 3 turbine/generator components was discharged from the Clipper Gemini on Sunday morning, May 6, 2012. Click any image above to see a larger version.

Clipper Gemini arrives in Duluth

Weather delayed the arrival of the Clipper Gemini in Duluth until late afternoon on Saturday, May 5th, 2012. We waited for her but her crew waited a lot longer. For her maiden voyage that ended here in Duluth today, she was loaded in and left Kobe, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2012. En route to Duluth, she at stopped in Xingang, China; Songkhla, Thailand; Singapore; the Suez Canal; Gibralter; Poole, UK; and Hamburg and Rostok, Germany and then across the Atlantic and through the St. Lawrence Seaway. She made one stop in Valleyfield, Quebec before arriving in the Twin Ports.
She brought a cargo of gas and steam turbine/generator components for a large electricity generation project for the ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary, Alberta. From Duluth, the cargo will move its final leg via specialized railcar and truck.
The cold weather did not stop this wedding party from greeting the ship as she came in. A large wedding party was just behind her as she ran through the Museum entry way to get to the piers. Hopefully, some of the crew were out and noticed the attention.
Just above, she turns into the Duluth harbor on her way to the port terminal to discharge her cargo which includes natural-gas fired turbines weighing about 735,000 pounds and are the equivalent to a 4-story building in length.

Virginiaborg getting beet pulp pellets


Anders Gilbertson and his daughter Andrea took this picture of the Virginiaborg on April 30, 2012 while she was loading beet pulp pellets at the General Mills terminal in Duluth. Notice the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the background on right side. Thanks to both of you. As of today (Tuesday, May 1), she is still here and may not depart until sometime on Wednesday.