Archives for March 2013

Federal Hunter is first salt water ship in 2013

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She came in at 58 minutes after midnight on March 30, 2013.

Federal Hunter will be here; first salt water ship of the season

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federalhunter240618-1-068The Federal Hunter will make her 10th trip to the Twin Ports today (March 29, 2013) or tomorrow, marking the earliest date in a new season a salt water vessel has arrived in the Twin Ports. She will break the record the LT Argosy set when she arrived here on April 1, 1995.

The Federal Hunter started this trip in Rostock, Germany, where she loaded 27,500 tons of calcium ammonium nitrate and discharged it in Contrecoeur, Quebec. While here, she will load wheat at the CHS grain terminal in Superior and then go federalhunter240618-2-015to Thunder Bay to load Canadian spring wheat. Then Captain Khalil Zamindar and his 22-member crew will head back to the Atlantic Ocean to deliver their cargo of wheat to Dunkirk, France and the port of Tilbury in Great Britain.

The Federal Hunter was built in Oshima, Japan in 2001: she is 655 feet long.

For more pages about first salt water arrivals in Duluth Superior, go here.
Above pictures taken when she was arriving in port June, 2004 to load grain at CHS, the same terminal she will load it on this trip. Below, she is coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in August, 2007.
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Watch the Mackinaw azipods in action

The Mackinaw has a unique method to break open large ice fields

Indiana Harbor comes in for fuel

Listen to her whistle as she comes in:
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After spending the winter at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior, the Indiana Harbor departed using the Superior entry and came around to use the Duluth entry to come in for fuel (March 23, 2013, Saturday around 1 pm. She will depart later today for Two Harbors to load her first cargo of the year, iron ore pellets. She is the first big boat to enter the Twin Ports this season, but I don’t think we can call her the first arrival of the season since she spent the winter here. Below, the Mesabi Miner is at anchor waiting on the Roger Blough to finish at the CN dock in Duluth before she comes in to become the first arrival of the season. She also spent the winter here, but she took a cargo of coal to Marquette a couple days ago and is coming back here to load iron ore pellets.
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Mesabi Miner first to depart

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The Mesabi Miner departed Duluth this morning (March 20, 2013) at 9:30 am, on her way to Marquette to discharge a cargo of coal. She will return here Saturday to load iron ore pellets. She was the first departure of the season for Duluth Superior, she will be the first arrival in Marquette and she will become the first arrival here when she returns on Saturday.

Mackinaw breaks ice in Duluth

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left her moorings at the DECC at 9 am this morning (March 17, 2013) to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. She returned to the DECC around 11:30, dropped some folks off, and then went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way to Whitefish Point at the other end of Lake Superior.
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Mackinaw arrives Duluth

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Above, the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2013.

Watch my wet video of the launch of the Mackinaw in April, 2005

The Duluth Shipping News has 18 pages about the Mackinaw here

Go along with the Alder

 

On March 13th, 2013, the US Coast Guard cutter Alder made her second ice breaking trip of the new season. She retraced some of the tracks she broke out on Monday and went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to open a track to the end of the ice pack, about 5 1/2 miles out.

Alder goes out in the lake

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The Coast Guard cutter Alder covered all the bases today (March 13, 2013), first going under the Lift Bridge and to the edge of the ice sheet, about 5 1/2 miles out. The ship made quick work of the ice, easily breaking open a track and then coming back in to break up more ice in the Superior channel to the BN dock and then up the St. Louis River just beyond the winter moorings of the Mesabi Miner at Midwest Energy. We then went into Howard’s Pocket, approaching the Roger Blough. Video probably tomorrow.
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To the edge and now back in, following the track laid on the way out.
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The American Spirit (above) is spending the winter at Elevator M in Superior. (Seen as we went out the Superior channel)
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Above, the Indiana Harbor was just a bit further down the channel. Below, we turned around after getting to the BNSF dock.
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We then moved up the St. Louis River, passing by the Mesabi Miner, wintering at Midwest Energy Resources.
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We then turned into Howard’s Pocket, the back door to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Above, we will approach the Roger Blough, just to the left of center above. She is seen again as we get closer below.
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We left an Alder bow print in the ice, as we backed out. Distances are deceiving in these pictures, we were closer than the picture above seems to indicate. Below, we are backing away, about to go under the Blatnik Bridge.
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Alder opens 2013 season

 

Spring has sprung

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… and the Alder didn’t seem to have any trouble breaking the ice around her this morning (March 11, 2013) when she pulled away from her moorings, the first vessel to move in the port this new season.
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Winter in Duluth: Is it fun?

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Click to see new video looking back at the winter (spring?) of 2007

More ice breaking videos:
March 9, 2011; watch the Alder break ice in Duluth
January 9, 2008: Alder out breaking ice as last boats come in for layup
January 6, 2008: The ice breaker Biscayne Bay in DuluthNote: the Biscayne Bay will NOT be here to help the Alder break ice on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Alder will be breaking ice in the harbor and perhaps out in the Lake on Monday.