Archives for June 2012

Next stop: Brazil

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The Alamosborg departed Duluth late Friday afternoon, June 29, 2012

Blades to Brazil

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The Alamosborg is now (June 28, 2012) at the Port Terminal loading 60 wind turbine blades. She was here a week ago to discharge wind turbine parts she brought into port. After that, she left the Port Terminal dock to go to the anchorage and wait for the Flinterstar to complete discharging her cargo of wind turbine blades. She then came back in to load 60 wind turbine blades manufactured in North Dakota and going to a wind farm in Brazil. Yesterday, they were loading the blades into the ship’s cargo hold below deck. Today, they are placing the last blades on the weather deck of the ship. It should be a good sight to see when they depart the port, probably on Friday.
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Note that each blade includes a stabilizer which is used to stack the blades on top of each other while underway. They of course will be removed at the site in Brazil.
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Flinterstar brings wind turbine blades

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After waiting at anchor for a few days, the Flinterstar came into port on Sunday evening, June 24, 2012. On Monday morning, she was at the Port Terminal dock discharging her cargo of wind turbine blades and nacelles.
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Active at the Port Terminal

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On Friday, June 22, 2012, the HHL Amazon (left) was discharging wind turbine nacelles and the Edgar B. Speer was in for some repairs. Over by the gantry cranes (unseen at right), the Alamosborg was discharging wind turbine parts. Work at the Port Terminal was halted for one day by the flood; 3 feet of water over much of the warehouse made sure of that. Elsewhere in the port. the water put Midwest Energy Resources in Superior out of commission, perhaps until July. Boats such at the Paul R. Tregurtha and the James R. Barker have been redirected to the CN Dock in West Duluth, just across the St. Louis River from Midwest, to load iron ore pellets instead of coal.

Alamosborg waits for the rains to stop

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Rains came to Duluth; the ships are still on the water but the workers stayed  home, as the Mayor asked. The Alamosborg is at the Port Terminal, waiting for better weather tomorrow, and some folks back to help her discharge her wind turbine pieces.

The morning after (the marathon)

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In the beginning, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin (left) and the Perelik shared the lake with a small boat and the South Pier Light.
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Then the fishing boats went out  …
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… the early runners appeared on the scene
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… and finally, the walkers arrived
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Kara Goucher heads for home …

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… her home town; a big crowd greets her as she runs for first place in the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in Duluth on Saturday morning, June 16, 2012. She will represent the US in the Olympic Marathon in London later this summer. Official time: 1 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds.
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