Archives for December 2015

Finally

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These two pictures of the Cornelia were taken by René Beauchamp this morning, Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Côte Ste.Catherine, just below Montreal, in the St. Lawrence Seaway. René reports she is currently (Saturday afternoon) docked at Montreal and is presumably ready to depart North American and move into the Atlantic Ocean, finally (for details about her adventures in Duluth, click here).
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Dick Bibby

20120601_2742Dick Bibby died yesterday (Sunday, December 20, 2015) at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Having suffered an aortic aneurysm, he recovered well enough to call for help and, by afternoon, was in the hospital, conscious and fairly alert (with the Vikings game on TV). But the prognosis was poor, and Dick eventually slipped away early evening. He was 93. Funeral services are being planned for after Christmas. Please keep Dick’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, particularly during this holiday season.

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It was not hard for USS Freedom executive officer Commander Kris Doyle (second from left), to impress four Duluth old timers with her brand new ship on Wednesday. While winding up the tour on the deck of the ship (above), Wes Harkins, at left, retired, Fraser Shipyard, showed Doyle a picture of the USS Paducah, a ship Wes left Duluth on in 1940. To Doyle’s left, Dick Bibby, retired, M.A. Hanna Co. and World War 2 merchant marine, Commander “Gil” Porter, retired US Coast Guard and former Great Lakes pilot and at right, Davis Helberg, former Duluth Seaway Port Authority director all agreed it was a new Navy. They asked all the old questions, but the answers from Doyle were all new. As an example, she explained how the ship can do 50 mph without a rudder or propeller. Think Jet Ski at a much higher level. Photo taken on October 29,2008
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Above, from the left: Robert Fuhrman, Executive Director Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center, Marvin Hall, Merchant Marine WWII, Floyd Miras, Deputy Director, Great Lakes Gateway, US Maritime Administration, Richard Bibby, Ken Johanson, Merchant Marine and former chief engineer, Paul R. Tregurtha, Richard Stewart, Director, Great Lakes Maritime Research
Institute.I took the picture above at the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center in Superior on September 24th, 2008. The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute was hosting an exhibit honoring World War II Merchant Marine Veterans. In the ceremony, Dick was actually the middle man in a quick transaction. He was given a set of Merchant Marine medals from the Second World War and his job was to turn and present the medals to Robert Fuhrman, Executive Director at the Bong.As in everything Dick does, this was done with his usual flare. The pictures, as you will note, will forever look as if Dick was giving the medals to the museum rather than just passing them over.Boats such as the Lee A. Tregurtha were vessels in the Merchant Marine as Dick Bibby was a mariner in the Merchant Marine. When the war was over, they were back to the normal work of moving cargos of all kinds from one port to another, in these two cases, eventually on the Great Lakes. And if we were to go to war again, boats and sailors on the Great Lakes would most likely be recruited into the Merchant Marine again.The Merchant Marine is always the same group of sailors and vessels with the same task, moving commercial goods from one port to another. The difference is in leadership. In peace time, it operates as we see it every day at the Duluth ship canal. During a war, the Merchant Marine becomes an auxiliary to the Navy and is available to transport cargo, equipment and soldiers in behalf of the war effort. I read that it took 7 to 15 tons of supplies to support one soldier for one year during a war. Providing that service is the job of the Merchant Marine.
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Late in 1999, Lower Lakes Towing purchased the John J. Boland, a boat that had been sitting in Fraser Shipyard for some years. In October, 2009, Captain John Wellington was hired to bring the tug Roger Stahl to Duluth to tow the newly purchased boat, to be called the Saginaw, to Sarnia. Wellington arrived on October 24, 1999. Wellington has a long history with Duluth so it was no surprise that Wes Harkins (left) and Dick Bibby (right) were down to greet Wellington (center) in the Roger Stahl pilot house. After arriving at Fraser Shipyard, Saginaw Captain Scott Bravener, also the President of Lower Lakes Towing, the company buying the boat, was down to talk with Wellington about the upcoming tow. Below, Bibby (an expert in all things related to tugs) consults with Bravener before the tow.
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Untitled-1The Port of Duluth quarterly magazine, North Star Port, has several articles that feature Mr. Bibby. Read about a visit to the Bibby basement. It was a trip back in history, his and ours (on page 23).
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Algoma Harvester makes 2nd trip to Twin Ports

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Denny Dushane was kind enough to send me some pictures he took of the Algoma Harvester, a new build that is expected to arrive here on Sunday, December 20, 2015 to load iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe ore dock in Superior. He also provided the commentary below.
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The photos were taken of the Algoma Harvester in St. Clair, MI. on September 14, 2015 as she was upbound “light and in ballast.” They were coming from Trois Rivieres, Quebec after unloading a cargo of wheat from Thunder Bay, Ontario and were now returning and heading back up to Thunder Bay, Ontario to load another cargo of wheat this time for Baie Comeau, Quebec.

dushane09142015stclairiverIMG_6798 The Algoma Harvester is the 2nd Equinox class vessel built at the Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries shipyard in Nantong City, China. She follows the Algoma Equinox the 1st in the series delivered in late 2013 and the CWB Marquis delivered in late 2014.Algoma Harvester was christened on December 25, 2013 and departed the shipyard on May 18, 2014. After crossing the Pacific Ocean, the ship arrived at the Pacific Entrance of the Panama Canal on June 27 to anchor awaiting clearance. They cleared the anchorage on June 28 and transited the Panama Canal then. The Algoma Harvester after clearing the Panama Canal, arrived in Port Cartier, Quebec on July 11, 2014 to load its first official cargo which was iron ore pellets for Hamilton, Ontario.

dushane09142015stclairiverIMG_6797Later on, the Algoma Harvester arrived in Hamilton on July 15 where it was then officially christened in a Christening Ceremony at Pier 21 on July 17. After the Christening Ceremony, the ship immediately moved over to Pier 26 in Hamilton to unload its first cargo of iron ore pellets at the Arcelor Mittal/Dofasco Steel Dock.Its usual cargoes are wheat from Thunder Bay, Ontario to the St. Lawrence River ports and then backhauling iron ore pellets from either Port Cartier or Sept Isles, Quebec to Hamilton and then back up to Thunder Bay to load for the St. Lawrence.

Cornelia leaves Duluth, finally; winter arrives, finally

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Cornelia to depart on Friday morning (hopefully)

Three unique vessels found their way under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the last few days.

2015-1102-4797A ship we have all come to know, or at least observe at the anchorage just beyond the Duluth piers, is the Cornelia (right). After over 40 days out there, she came in last night to get fuel and take care of some maintenance issues.

The Coast Guard reports that they “have reached an agreement. The vessel is making preparations to depart the Great Lakes prior to the seasonal closure of the locks.”

She is expected to depart Duluth, under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, late tomorrow morning or early afternoon. As with any departure time, it may be later. Duluthboats.com will have updated information as soon as we find any new information on Friday morning.

2015-1215-5242The brand new Federal Bering (right), built for Great Lakes service in Japan this year, came in Tuesday to load grain.

There used to be a Canadian flagged boat called the Manitoulin. It is no longer in existence but a brand new (again) Manitoulin arrived in port last night. She was built in China where they combined the stern of a chemical tanker called Lalandia Swan with a brand new self-unloading bow section. She is here loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth (below).

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After 6 weeks at anchor, the Cornelia came in this afternoon

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… at 3:55 this afternoon (December 16, 2015). With the assistance of the Great Lakes tug Kentucky on her stern and the Arkansas at the bow, the Cornelia moved over to get some fuel. She will likely remain in port tonight and depart sometime tomorrow.
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Click here for other posts on Duluth Shipping News regarding the trials and tribulations of the Cornelia.

Brand new ship with the Port’s last cargo

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2015-1214-5233Other than the fact that it was too dark and I only caught the last half of the ship, I was happy to get this shot of the Federal Bering coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge last night (December 14, 2015) at 11 pm after a day or so at anchor in the Apostle Islands waiting for high winds to diminish. She then went over to CHS 2 in Superior to load the Port’s last cargo of grain on a salt water ship, a split load of wheat and canola that she will take to Mexico, leaving later this week. I said load and not left with the last cargo of grain since, as I write this, the Cornelia is still at anchor with her cargo of grain that she loaded at CHS 1 about  40 days ago. Winter may never get here but the Soo Locks will close on January 15, but of more importance to the Cornelia, the Welland Canal will close on December 26th and the rest of the Seaway by December 30th. Still don’t know what will become of her and her cargo, but I suppose she could become the last cargo on a salt water ship to depart, unless of course that award requires the cargo and ship to depart under the Lift Bridge and not from the anchorage. Laughing out loud

Algosteel brings salt to Duluth

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The Algosteel arrived Duluth this morning at 10 am with salt she is discharging at the North American Salt Dock. I took the picture above and just below from my balcony which provides me with a good view but for some tree issues. In the warm months, I have leaves on the left and right that frame my pictures of the bridge from the balcony. In the winter, the leaves fall away and the “world’s largest Christmas tree” rises,  just about the time the last leaves have left the scene. They take it down January, sometimes in time for me to get at least one picture of a boat arriving before the season closes down. Not that I am complaining!
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Above, I have moved down to my office in Canal Park to get a picture of her as she is slowly moving into the Salt Dock. Above her in the picture, left to right, you see the General Mills A mill, the old Lafarge cement silos, the rapidly rising PierB resort, the Paulucci Pavilion and the Great Lakes Aquarium.
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This is the second trip here for the Algosteel this season; she was here on May 31 loading iron ore pellets at the BN in Superior. Last season, she made 7 trips here, bringing salt twice and loading iron ore pellets at both the CN dock in Duluth and the BN in Superior.

Neighbors to the North

… and some of our own neighbors in this country

Caution; the video above will keep running other videos unless you stop it.

A page from the past: April 12, 2004

Lithuanian national anthem celebrates 1st ship of the year

A Lithuanian couple from Wisconsin came up to Duluth on April 12, 2004 to visit the first saltie of the year, the Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Andzejauskas. Mrs. Tribys told us her husband would sing the Lithuanian national anthem for us and he did! Click here for more on the song and here for more information on the ship.

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Coast Guard information on the Cornelia

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Date: Dec 3, 2015: Ninth Coast Guard District provides the following information regarding the Cornelia
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Cornelia Motor vessel Cornelia investigation continues

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard continues investigating an ocean-going freighter, currently at anchor in Duluth, Minnesota, for alleged violations of U.S. law.

The Coast Guard is investigating the crew, equipment and records of the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Cornelia for allegations involving violations related to the discharge of oily water.

Based upon current information in the investigation, it does not appear that the discharge occurred within the port of Duluth – Superior.

Although the Cornelia and crew are typically equipped to remain at sea for several months, Coast Guard personnel continue to check in with the master of the Cornelia regularly, who confirms the crew has adequate food, water and other necessities.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota accepted the case for criminal investigation November 9. The Coast Guard and the vessel’s owner and operator are negotiating a security agreement that would permit the vessel to depart the port while simultaneously protecting the integrity of the investigation and the interests of the vessel’s crew members.

The Coast Guard and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota take any allegations involving environmental pollution very seriously. At the same time, both agencies recognize the importance of the flow of commerce through the port of Duluth – Superior and are making every effort to complete our investigation as soon as possible.

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Date: Dec 3, 2015

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