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.


  1. Oh, I almost forgot. Happy New Year, everyone. Hopefully 2015 will be a good year.

    I know that in spite of the bad ice last year, this season has gone really well with lake levels up and lately the very low price of gas. Someone told me today that in Michigan, gas is running $1.82/gallon. And, when you use 60,000 gallons of diesel each trip, a savings of $2/gallon is a lot of money. I suppose if I were running a bulk freighter, I would be afraid that by the time the locks open again, the prices will be back up above $3.

    • Jill from Alabama says:

      Happy New Year, Brent!

    • Happy new year everybody.

      I am sure that they will contract their fuel and guarantee a price as far into the new year as possible. As large as the shipping companies are they should be able to contract at a significant discount their fuel for the next year and am sure they already do that.

      You can tell cold weather is here, when the ships whistle goes off they seem to need to clear their throat a little bit before the full volume comes out.
      Looks like they had a little bit of wind tonight Mesabi Miner is sitting offshore waiting to come in when the cross wind goes down.

  2. The ships are moving again. I guess the wind has dropped enough that they feel safe. You can see the tight line of ships coming out of and approaching Whitefish Bay. Not much time left before the locks close.

  3. Looks like only a direct link works, no embedded code.

    I was wondering why the ships seem to be hiding in Whitefish Bay.

    But then I looked at the harbor cam at Grand Haven. That’s a two story building at the end of the harbor entrance.

  4. I guess I’ll do a quick test to see what photo links work on here.



  5. The current weather for Duluth says:
    Temperature -5 F
    Wind 10 mph
    Windchill -22 F

    I guess the ice won’t be long. Down to 16 days before the locks close. Possibly enough time for three more trips hauling iron ore.

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