Archives for August 2014

Volgaborg arrives Duluth for 5th trip

The Dutch flagged Volgaborg arrived Duluth on August 31, 2014 on her way to load grain at Gavilon in Superior while the Vista Queen passed behind her. The Volgaborg was built in 2013 and made 3 trips here that first year. She loaded beet pulp pellets at GM, on her first trip last summer, bentonite at Hallett #5 on the second trip and grain on the 3rd trip. She was also here in June this year to load more beet pulp pellets. This is a new design for Wagenborg Shipping in The Netherlands. Most salt water ships are rounded in the stern; this boat is built more like a barge, with a modified bow to cut through large waves on the oceans.

Peter R. Cresswell blows her horn

The Peter R. Cresswell arrived Duluth at 4:40 on Wednesday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is her 4th trip here this season. On all those trips, she loaded iron ore pellets, the first 3 at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. On one of the trips, she brought a cargo of salt to discharge before she loaded the pellets.

Presque Isle, then the HHL Congo

After days of rain and fog, Monday morning dawned with fog but no rain and by late morning, not much fog. Time to reward the visitors to the Duluth ship canal with a 2-fer. The Presque Isle was first, in the center background, followed by the HHL Congo which had arrived over night with wind turbine parts to discharge at the Port Terminal. After a short wait at anchor, she followed the Presque Isle in. Built in 2011, the HHL Congo was here twice in 2012 with no trips last season. This is her first trip this season. The Presque Isle is making her 5th appearance this year; she was here 12 times last season.

CSL Tadoussac departs with pellets

Listen to her whistle on August 21, 2014
After a short wait at the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, the CSL Tadoussac came in to port (August 20, 2014) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 10th trip here this season, always loading iron ore pellets at either the Burlington Northern dock in Superior or the CN dock in West Duluth. She was only here 5 times last season. Here she is departing on Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

American Integrity says hello

Click below to listen to her whistle on August 15, 2014
The American Integrity arrived this morning (August 15, 2014) at 4:09 to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe.  The American Century arrived at 1:50 this afternoon.
She will load the same amount of coal at Midwest Energy and take it to the same destinations as the American Integrity.

Speer pays a visit to Duluth


After delivering iron ore pellets from Two Harbors to Gary, Indiana, the Edgar B. Speer returned to the Twin Ports on August 14, 2014 to get fuel and then load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. This is only her second trip to the Twin Ports this season. On her first trip, in June, she loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth for delivery to Conneaut, Ohio. On most of her other trips this season, she has loaded iron ore pellets in Two Harbors and taken them to the Gary steel plant of US Steel.

Duluth Shipping News on the air

fox21newsaug122014Dana Thayer, at Fox 21 in Duluth, was going to come down to the World Headquarters of the Duluth Shipping News on Monday (August 11, 2014) and interview me for her show, Sunrise at Seven) but the CSL Assiniboine decided to depart backwards, and danafox21I could not afford to miss such an event right outside my window so I stopped by to visit her on her show this morning. And to thank her since I would not have been down here early enough to get the video if I was not going to meet Dana.

Backwards under the Duluth Lift Bridge

The CSL Assiniboine went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning(August 11, 2014)backwards. Such a thing is not easy to surmise from the photo above but have you ever seen the Lift Bridge down with a boat in the ship canal going forwards. Either way, check out the video above.

Fortunagracht comes to Duluth

It is nice to have the Fortunagracht here to discharge wind turbine pieces but other ships have done that. Earlier this year, she made Great Lakes history when she was the first ship to deliver containerized cargo to Cleveland for the new service, Cleveland-Europe Express.   From Crain’s Cleveland Business: The Fortunagracht arrived in Cleveland late on Friday, April 18, loaded with containers of consumer and industrial goods, wind energy parts, machinery and other industrial equipment. It is expected to make monthly calls on Cleveland through the end of 2014.
After doing several round trips on the new route, she loaded wind turbine equipment to bring to Duluth, arriving at the Port Terminal (above) early this morning (August 4, 2014).
Check out this video, a bit dramatic but interesting…
… and some activity on Twitter…

Tug barge brings cement to Duluth

The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity into the Duluth harbor on Friday morning, August 1, 2014. Owned by Lafarge North America, they  brought cement to the company’s cement dock in Superior. This is the tug/barge’s first trip here this season; they were last here in 2012 when they made 3 trips to Duluth Superior.The Integrity was built in 1996 and was here twice that year and twice in 2006. The Ostrander was built in 1976 in New Orleans.The Alpena more often brings cement into their dock. The Alpena has been here 5 times this season; last year she was here 12 times.