Archives for June 2016

Kiyi here on their annual fish sampling tour of Lake Superior.

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2016-0628-7107The research vessel Kiyi, based in Ashland and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived Duluth today (above). They are on their annual offshore fish community survey of Lake Superior to sample the fish population at 55 stations around the Lake (see map below). Mark Vinson (right) is Station Chief at the Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, a part of the U.S. Geological Survey and told me they use a bottom trawl to collect and analyze the fish at each of the stations. They note age, length, weight, sex and maturity of each specimen and look for contents in the stomach, which provides information about eating habits, including who is eating who in the food chain. This information is shared with a wide variety of government entities in the 3 states that border Lake Superior, and Canada. One use provides important information that is used to set limits for commercial and recreational fishing. Just before arriving Duluth they stopped at their station at the mouth of the Lester River. They will depart Duluth at 7 am on Wednesday morning.
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2 Coast Guard cutters, the Cason J. Callaway and Pier B

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(The retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew sits at her current dock just to the right of the former cement silos; the Coast Guard cutter Alder is back at her dock after a quick trip out to Lake Superior this morning, top center.)

Algoma Equinox here to load grain

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The Algoma Equinox was built in China in 2013. She arrived Duluth this morning, June 23, 2016 at 4:07 to load grain at Riverland Ag. Picture above taken this morning; the two below were taken by John Zywicki, also this morning. This is her 9th trip to the Twin Ports. She usually has loaded iron ore pellets at the BNSF in Superior; she did load grain, as today, on a visit in September, 2015.
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Sjard wind turbine discharge in Duluth Minnesota

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The Sjard blew into town last night with wind turbine parts she is discharging at the Port Terminal. She is one of many BBC ships that have been coming to Duluth for many years, although she does not carry the letters BBC in her name as did her sister ship the BBC Haren, in town in late May.
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Pier B Resort, a good place to watch the boats

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Pier B Resort is open for business today (June 17, 2016), in time to welcome runners in Grandma’s Marathon. The restaurant is still a couple weeks away but what a view of the bridge, the boats, the lake and the harbor. Just walk in the front door and look straight ahead, as I did above. That’s the Arthur M. Anderson departing under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon. Below is a view from the indoor swimming pool at Pier B.
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2 First-time visitors to Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Leonard M. (above) arrived last night at 7:40 pushing the barge Huron Spirit filled with steel coils from Essar Steel Algoma Inc. located at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. At 7:13 this morning (June 16, 2016), the Marselisborg arrived with wind turbine parts she is discharging at the Port Terminal.
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Second trip for Ken Booth/Lakes Contender this season

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The tug Ken Boothe, Sr. came into port on Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016, pushing her barge, Lakes Contender, filled with limestone to discharge at the Graymont Superior plant. This is her second trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here on May 14th with limestone also. Below, she is in the Duluth ship canal with the salt water vessel Greenwing seen at anchor just below her self unloader arm.
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Clay and limestone in; coal and iron ore pellets out

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Above, after arriving Duluth under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 8:45 this morning (June 02, 2016), the Paul R. Tregurtha stopped by the Calumet Fuel dock for fuel before going to Midwest Energy Resources to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. In front of her, the Trudy is still discharging a cargo of clay at the Port Terminal. Just below, the Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 11:25 this morning with limestone. Twenty five minutes later, she passes by the two vessels at the Port Terminal on her way to discharge her cargo at the C. Reiss Dock before moving over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Ten minutes later (below), the Tregurtha moves away from the dock to make the short trip up the St. Louis River to the Midwest Energy dock.
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