Archives for December 2014

Indiana Harbor here for more coal

The Indiana Harbor comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 29, 2014. I am waiting for the world’s largest Christmas ‘tree’ to come down but at least the leaves are off the trees that frame this shot in warmer weather. This is her 26th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After fueling at Calumet, she will load 66,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair electrical generation plant of Detroit Edison.

Snow, rain, ice and the Lee A. Tregurtha

… arriving Duluth on December 22, 2014 for fuel and to discharge at Hallett #8

Palmerton arrives

The Palmerton arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2014 with structural steel to discharge at the Port Terminal. Below, she gets an assist from the Heritage Marine tug Helen H.

Tug Nickelena brings Ro-Ro barge to Duluth

Ro-Ro being Roll on Roll off, as in Roll that pressure vessel onto the barge,  take it to Duluth and Roll it Off. Here the Nickelena is moving the barge up to the back of the slip at the Port Terminal, where the cargo will come off the barge.
Below is a video of the Ro-Ro arrival this morning that I took off my webcam page

Juno under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Here the Juno arrives Duluth on December 8, 2014. She made one other trip to Duluth, in October, 2011.

Mamry joins a kayaker

The Mamry has been sitting at anchor for a week or more but may finally come in this evening (December 6, 2014), leaving our friendly kayaker alone on the lake. She probably won’t be the last salt water ship to leave the port. She will replace the Erieborg at Gavilon in Superior tonight. Salt water traffic still to come this season will be the Juno, Palmerton (first visit), Pacific Huron, Sundaisy E. (first visit), Federal Saguenay, the Sea Racer (first visit) and the Bluebill. One of them may be the last saltwater ship to leave the port. That usually happens around December 20. The last ship will have no trouble leaving Lake Superior; the Soo Locks will not close until January 15. The Welland Canal closing on December 26th is the target they will have to beat, otherwise they will spend the winter inside the St. Lawrence Seaway, making for an expensive winter for the owner of the ship. They have until 4 pm on December 31st to get through the seaway locks east of the Welland. The Federal Sakura was the last to leave in 2013, the Nogat in 2010, the BBC Italy in 2009, the Beluga Revolution in 2008, and the Federal Rhine in 2005