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.

More on the Reggeborg

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Wagenborg Shipping in The Netherlands sent the picture above showing her launching on December 18, 2013 and the additional information below.
On February 14th 2014, Shipyard Ferus Smit delivered the m.v. “Reggeborg” (yard number 404), which was christened and named on 18 December, 2013 by Mrs Marieke Reehoorn-Geerdink, to Royal Wagenborg.Over a timeframe of sixty years, this is now the third time that Wagenborg has taken a new built vessel into service with the name “Reggeborg”. The first ship was a 360 tons coaster, which rolled down the slipway at the former Shipyard Gebr. Coops in Hoogezand as the “Skald” in 1951 and was given the name “Reggeborg” in 1954. This was followed in 1994 by the open-top container carrier (558 TEU) “Reggeborg“ built at Verolme in Heusden.The new “Reggeborg” is a sister ship of the “Reestborg” (delivered in March 2013) and “Roerborg” (to be delivered in September next). The general details of the vessels are: l.o.a 169.75 metres, breadth 20.40 metres, moulded depth 13.75 metres. The three multi-purpose carriers, the largest ever taken into service by Wagenborg, are unique because of the combination of cargo capacity, hold dimensions and fuel consumption. The ships, which have two box shaped holds, are also the largest ever built by Ferus Smit. An extensive programme of towing tank tests has shown that the vessels can achieve a speed of approx. 14 knots and in ice they satisfy the stringent requirements of the Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A. The vessels are equipped with newly developed eco-bows. The advantages of this shape are, among others, a calmer handling and a higher speed at various depths. This also means that the engine capacity can be lowered, which has a positive effect on the fuel consumption. As a result, the ships can be labelled as being ‘very green’. The newly developed bow was used for the first time in a slightly smaller format on the “Vikingbank”, the “Vlieborg” and the “Volgaborg”, which were built at Ferus Smit in Westerbroek and delivered, respectively, on 19 April 2012, 28 September 2012 and 8 April 2013.

Under the command of captain Koos Boer, the “Reggeborg” started her maiden voyage shortly after the delivery. The ship was bound for Hargshamn, where iron ore had to be taken on board for Stettin.

Read about the Reggeborg from an expert

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Captain Ed Montgomery shared the following thoughts with me and I share them with you. Ed owns Sea Service, L.L.C. and operates the Pilot Boat that is often seen going out to ships at anchor. Words are his; Pictures are mine as she came into port this afternoon (July 7, 2014) (Click pics for larger image).
20140707842Just a tidbit of info that I thought you and your readers might find interesting. The M/V REGGEBORG will be proceeding to the Hallett 6 Dock. She is a newbuild from Wagenborg Shipping and is their largest owned ocean vessel. She was built at Ferus Smit ship yard in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany and launched on 12 December, 2013.
20140707845 She is the 2nd of the “R Class” (REESTBORG was the first), as Wagenborg terms it and features their “Econ-Bow”, which is engineered to improve sea keeping handling traits and fuel efficiency. At first glance, the unique bow design seems to be a throwback to the WW-I British Dreadnaughts and U.S. Battleship’s plumb bows, with the forward-most bow stems being nearly straight up and perpendicular to the waterline. However, it is the result of high powered computer high-tech nautical engineering that the old war horses never had.
20140707853 The REGGEBORG’s bow is a version of a recent  hydrodynamic design development called the “Axe-Bow” from it’s origin at Norway’s Ulstein Group Shipyards. English and North American yards have adopted it as the “X-Bow”. The design affords the vessel to make better speed and improved fuel mileage by inherently avoiding the unavoidable ‘slamming’of the typical forward pitched stem and flared bow that most vessels are built with.
20140707859 The REGGEBORG is the first vessel in this series to have a five level deckhouse, versus the previously planned four level accommodation’s block on the initial series ship, the REESTBORG).  This was changed to give the crew better sightlines when transporting unusually high special project cargoes.
The vessel is named for the Regge (pronounced “R-r-r-regch’d”), a heavily ‘canalized’ tributary in the Netherlands.

Here in the Twin Ports, we have seen this type of new bow on only one other vessel, which I believe was the M/V VIKINGBANK that loaded at General Mills “A”, last year.

So, it appears that what was old, is now new again — and high tech, at that!   Take care, Ed.

The day after the fireworks in Duluth

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Early in the morning, after the fireworks on the 4th, the harbor was full of activity. Above, the Algosteel came in for iron ore pellets at CN Duluth yesterday afternoon. At 9:20 this morning, she is passing the James R. Barker on her way out of the port. The Barker arrived an hour earlier and was waiting at the Port Terminal to load iron ore pellets at the CN. Below, the Algosteel has arrived at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way out. (Just to the right of the two men watching the boat, you can see one of my plastic (and wind proof and water proof, mostly) dispensers I use to pass out the daily Duluth Shipping News. This one was picked clean by the folks watching the fireworks last night, so I had better quit doing this and get started on today’s edition.
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