|The Roger Blough ran aground Friday, May 27, 2016 in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Information and pictures below, courtesy of US Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They are ordered from first to most recent|
|May 27, 2016|
|Coast Guard crews and the Aids to Navigation Team from Sault Ste Marie, and the air crew from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan responded. Coast Guard pollution responders, vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigator arrived on board the vessel to assess vessel damage and crew safety. The Coast Guard has dispatched the cutter, Mobile Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to assist in on-going response operations. The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and overseeing future salvage operations.|
|May 28, 2016|
|Throughout the night, U.S. Coast Guard boat crews conducted hourly exterior draft readings of the vessel while the crew of the Roger Blough also conducted interior soundings to the tanks each hour through the evening. Based on the stabilized draft readings and tank soundings, the flooding appears to be under control. Plans to safely remove the Roger Blough from the reef have begun. A U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, was launched to provide aerial photos but was diverted due to dense fog.|
|May 29, 2016|
|The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (below, right), enforced a 500 yard safety zone alongside the motor vessel Roger Blough to protect passing vessels from potential hazards associated with salvage operations. Sault Ste. Marie Vessel Traffic Service has also increased its measures on commercial traffic to ensure the safe passage of shipping near the safety zone.|
| The Roger Blough activated its vessel response plan, taking precautionary measures to ensure safety of the the environment. This includes coordination with their oil spill response organization to deploy oil containment equipment as well as underwater dive surveys to more effectively assess the damage and unground the vessel.
“All indications thus far seem to reveal that the damage is in the forward section of the vessel and all fuel tanks are in the rear section,” said Ken Gerasimos, a representative of Key Lakes Inc., the operating company of the Roger Blough. “No fuel tanks are connected to the outer skin of the ship.”
A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew conducted an overflight of the area Sunday morning and reported no signs of pollution.
The chance of a fuel spill remains minimal and flooding on the Blough remains stable. The crew remains in good condition.
The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to arrive on Monday, May 30, to assist the Coast Guard in the investigation into the cause of the grounding.
|May 29, 2016|
Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef in conjunction with Canadian partners and company representatives.
|May 30, 2016|
|Responders placed a protective boom around the stern of the Blough strictly as a preventative measure around the location of the Blough’s fuel tanks.|
|The motor vessel Edgar B. Speer (above) safely passes the 500 yard safety zone around the motor vessel Roger Blough.|
|Lt. Gordon Gertiser, a marine inspector with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, inspects the engine room for possible damage aboard the motor vessel Roger Blough, May 30, 2016, in Lake Superior.|
Archives for May 2016
|The Vlieborg (above) arrived this morning (May 31, 2016) at 6:25 as the Arthur M. Anderson was departing, passing each other in the Duluth harbor. This is the second visit of this version of the Vlieborg; she was also here in November, 2012 (the year she was built) to load beet pulp pellets. Notice the ladder hanging down from the deck of the Vlieborg and also her direction, as if she, like the Anderson, is departing. The Vlieborg is in the harbor for inspection by local grain officials and other port personnel. When that is complete, she may go out to the anchorage, stay where she is or go over to CHS to load grain. Today’s weather, cold, with high winds and rain, may keep her there; going out to the anchorage in this wind may not be the Captain’s first choice, and grain is not loaded when it is raining. This was the 6th visit to the Twin Ports for the Anderson this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN.|
|The Kurt Paul, above, arrived on Saturday and went to anchor off the Duluth piers. This morning (May 29, 2016) at 6:14, she came into port and is now discharging wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal. She was here once before, in May, 2011, also discharging wind turbine blades. She is expected to complete that discharge and depart the port this evening. Below, the Trudy arrived here on May 24 and has been discharging clay at the Port Terminal. She also was here once before; in November, 2015 when she also discharged clay. That job will take a holiday on Monday (Memorial Day) and resume on Tuesday, hoping to complete the discharge late next week.|
|Duluth Police officers Jim Matson and Amber Peterson arrived at the Duluth ship canal this afternoon (May 24, 2016) at 3:50. And oh yes, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien was also here at the same time. She went to the Calumet Fuel dock to get fuel after loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior. Officers Matson and Peterson went back to patrolling the streets of Duluth. Matson is riding Maggie and Peterson is on Jimmy.|
|The BBC Haren came under the Lift Bridge on Friday evening (May 20, 2016) at 8:15. She is now waiting to load grain at the CHS2 terminal.This is the most recent of 54 visits that ships operated by BBC Chartering & Logistics of Leer, Germany have made to the Port of Duluth Superior (I might add, the largest port by tonnage of all the ports on the Great Lakes). They are the BBC Amazon, BBC Arizona, BBC Atlantic, BBC Celina, BBC Chile, BBC Elbe, BBC Ems, BBC England, BBC Europe, BBC Finland, BBC Florida, BBC France, BBC Fuji, BBC Germany, BBC Greenland, BBC Haren, BBC Italy, BBC Jade, BBC Kimberley, BBC Louisiana, BBC Maine, BBC Mississippi, BBC Mont Blanc, BBC Ontario, BBC Oregon, BBC Orinoco, BBC Plata, BBC Rhine, BBC Rosario, BBC Scandinavia, BBC Shanghai, BBC Sweden, BBC Texas, BBC Venezuela, BBC Volga and BBC Zarate.
There are many more, including BBC Pluto, BBC Neptune, BBC Moonstone and a lot named for states of the United States, including BBC Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Maine, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California, Arizona, Alabama, Wisconsin, Nevada, Kansas. You may notice some of these states do not have deep water ports, or even shallow water ports for that matter. There are many more, named for mountains, rivers, countries, cities and some I am not sure about. Notice, there is not one called BBC Duluth or even BBC Minnesota, even though their ships have been here 54 times since the first BBC ship arrived on April 17, 2005. You may remember that was the BBC Ontario.
But still, I must emphasize that we welcome all ships to our port including the BBC Haren. But please, when you get back to the home office, please put a good word in for us, that is, DULUTH MINNESOTA.
|Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada has been in the news lately, heavily damaged by a windswept fire that forced all the town’s citizens to flee their homes. Thirteen years ago, the heavy lift ship Stellanova arrived Duluth to discharge heavy equipment onto rail cars that then went up to Fort McMurray where the heavy equipment was used in the development of their oil sands project. Click here to see the updated photos on the Stellanova ship page of one the largest cargo projects ever undertaken in the Port of Duluth .|
|The Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth Friday evening at 6:15 with limestone she discharged at the Graymont Superior Lime dock in Superior. She then went to the Duluth harbor anchorage to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. She arrived Duluth on Friday morning and was loading iron ore pellets for Zug Island, Michigan at the CN dock.|
|This morning (May 14, 2016), around 7 am, we see the McCarthy moving down the Duluth harbor to leave via the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for Zug Island while the Trader is on her way to take the place of the McCarthy loading iron ore pellets at CN.|