Archives for January 2015

Munson last boat of the season

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The John G. Munson closed the 2014 shipping season for the port of Duluth Superior when she arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:28 on the morning of January 20, 2015. The tug Nels J. made a trip through the Duluth harbor just before she arrived. Below, the Munson is about ready to turn the corner to the Blatnik Bridge and her winter layup home at Fraser Shipyard. The Nels J. was staying close by but the Munson seemed to have an easy time moving through the ice in the harbor.
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Mesabi Miner in for winter

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The Mesabi Miner came in on Monday morning, January 19, 2015 after discharging her last cargo of coal at Presque Isle in Marquette. After stopping for fuel, she began to move over to Midwest Energy Resources to spend the winter. She had a tug assist from a Great Lakes Towing tug, seen here (just barely) moving around her stern at left.

Aird to Duluth 6 times this season

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The John B. Aird departed Duluth at 11 am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with iron ore pellets loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 6th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded iron ore pellets on each of those visits; last year, she made only 3 trips here, also loading iron ore pellets on each trip, although she brought a cargo of salt on her August 14th, 2014 trip that she discharged (at Hallett #8) before loading the pellets at Burlington Northern. All cargos but this last one were loaded at the BN.

Last trip for the Tregurtha this year

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Sometimes in the winter, the hardest thing for a boat to do is make a dock; even if the course thru the ice is not much of a problem. A 1,000 footer weighs a lot and can brush aside a lot of loose ice as it goes thru the harbor. Moving all 1,013 feet up against a dock is another story. Loose ice, easy to go thru in open water, compresses as the vessel moves closer to the dock; a tug is often needed to not only break up the ice but also flush the ice away from the dock, leaving room for the boat to move up against the dock and tie up. If the ice is not cleared, the vessel does not make the dock. Here, after coming under the Lift Bridge and moving up the harbor, the Paul R. Tregurtha points her bow to the dock, allowing a deck hand to drop down to the dock to secure the bow. The rest of the boat slowly closes toward the dock, carefully, and often with the help of a tug, pushing the loose ice out of the way. You can see the tug at the far right, moving out of the way after breaking up the ice. That was at 1 pm on Sunday, January 11, 2015. After taking on fuel at Calumet, she then moved over to Midwest Energy to load her last cargo of coal of the season. She left at 4:56 the next morning with 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. Another trip here was planned but has apparently been canceled, making this her last and 41st visit this season. Last year, without a late start due to ice, the Tregurtha was here 49 times.
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American Integrity in for winter layup

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The American Integrity was the first of 6 vessels coming here for winter layup. She arrived this morning, January 7, 2015 around 11:30.

Winter layup, Duluth Superior, January, 2015

Location Vessel Arrival Date Carrier
Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott Canceled for Twin Ports GLF/ Key Lakes
Port Terminal Berth 6 American Integrity 1/7/2015 American Steamship
       
Midwest Energy Mesabi Miner 1/19/2015 Interlake Steamship
       
Fraser Shipyards Kaye E. Barker 1/12/2015 Interlake Steamship
Fraser Shipyards John G. Munson due 1/20/2015 GLF/ Key Lakes
       
Enbridge Dock Indiana Harbor 1/17/2015 American Steamship