Archives for July 2014

Three boats at the end of the day

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The Heloise came in from the anchorage at 6:30 in the evening of July 30, 2014. Right behind her, fishing boats were going home for the day while the tug Kentucky gave an assist to the Heloise as she made her way over to CHS 1 to load grain.

Sea Bear in Duluth in the morning

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When the boat traffic is down, it is great to have a friend like John Zywicki who has a keen eye for beautiful pictures. Here, on July 23, 2014, he was standing behind the pilot boat, Sea Bear, operated by Sea Service, LLC in Superior. That’s the General Mills A mill on the left. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is seen in the distance on the right. Click for larger version.

Cedarglen makes some noise

Listen to the Cedarglen blow her whistle on July 19, 2014
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The Cedarglen came into port on Saturday, July 19, 2014 and blew her whistle to the delight of all but two visitors, seen above. After that she went over to the CN dock to load sinter, which is, according to Wikipedia, “Sinter plants agglomerate iron ore fines (dust) with other fine materials at high temperature, to create a product that can be used in a blast furnace. The final product, a sinter, is a small, irregular nodule of iron mixed with small amounts of other minerals. The process, called sintering, causes the constituent materials to fuse to make a single porous mass with little change in the chemical properties of the ingredients. The purpose of sinter are to be used converting iron into steel.”
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This was the Cedarglen’s first trip to the Twin Ports. She was here 10 times last year and she made 11 trips in 2011.
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Defiance pushes an Ashtabula full of coke breeze into Duluth

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The tug Defiance pushed the barge Ashtabula into the Duluth harbor on Friday, July 18, 2014. She is bringing in coke breeze to discharge at Hallett #8 in Superior. When that is done, she will cross the St. Louis River and load iron nuggets at the Hallett #5 dock in Duluth.
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Algoma Montrealais here for 2nd time this year

Listen to the Algoma Montrealais on July 15, 2014

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The Algoma Montrealais makes her turn into the Duluth harbor after coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014. On this her second trip here this season, she brought cement to the Holcim dock. She was here 14 times last season; 8 times she brought cement; on the other trips here, she loaded iron ore pellets at the BN, although she often went over to BN to load iron ore pellets after discharging cement at Holcim.

Peter Rönna here with wind turbine parts

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The Peter Rönna arrived this morning (above) on her first visit to the Twin Ports. She brought the 15th shipment of wind turbine parts to come here by ship for Minnesota Power. They loaded the cargo in Brande, Denmark, where the equipment is manufactured by Siemens. After the equipment is discharged here, trucks will take the over 2 dozen pieces to the Bison Wind Energy Center near New Salem, N.D. As she moved up the Duluth harbor, she was greeted by the departing Roger Blough, going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets after some repairs were made at Fraser Shipyards.
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Capt. Henry Jackman here with salt

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The Capt. Henry Jackman came into port last night (July 9. 2014) at 10:41 with salt to discharge at the North American Salt Company in Duluth (above). She then loaded iron ore pellets at BN in Superior. This was her 5th trip here this season; she was here only twice last year and once in 2012. She usually loads iron ore pellets when she is here and as today, sometimes brings salt in to discharge. She arrived here this past April 22nd with the help of a convoy of ships from Thunder Bay, escorted by the Coast Guard.