Archives for July 2017

Salt water ships I have visited

Because of Homeland Security, I don’t get on board as many ships as I used to. I have compiled a slideshow of a variety of salt water ships that I visited from 1999 forward. And I added some commentary as well. This is the first of what I hope will be several such shows.

Block here for 9th trip this season

The Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth on Sunday, July 23, 2017 to load iron ore material at the Hallett #5 Dock in West Duluth. This is her 9th trip here this season. She was here 15 times last season. On most of her trips this year, she brought limestone to discharge at the CN Dock and the Hallett #5 dock next door and once to the Graymont Superior plant. She loaded iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santé Fe (BNSF) dock in Superior on a trip here in April.

Blough met by large crowd on a beautiful summer day

The Roger Blough arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon (July 14, 2017) around 2pm. She is going to load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior but came in the Duluth entry to get fuel at the Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal before going to BN.
This is only her 3rd trip to Duluth this season; she loaded iron ore pellets at BN both times. She made 7 trips here last year. She takes most of her pellets to Conneaut, Ohio but also discharges at Gary, Indiana. She usually loads pellets at the Two Harbors CN dock.   Holly likes nice days in Duluth; she took this picture.

Same ship: different names and cargos

2017-0706-3462The HR Constellation came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (July 6, 2017) about 11 o’clock and went over to the Hallett #5 dock (at right) to load bentonite. This is the first trip for this ship under this name; she was here twice in 2007 when she was the Beluga Constitution, once in July, 2007 when she discharged wind turbine base units from Spain and after that, loaded wind turbine blades built in the United States and took them to Spain.
The next month they were back to discharge wind turbine blades before loading peas for Dunkirk, England. All the pictures below were taken during her first visit
Above and below, she is tied up at the dock and was getting ready to discharge the base units.
Above, the first to be discharged were pieces on the weather deck (above). Below, the last to go were down on the lower portion of the hold.
The ship has an unusual covering over the bow, sometimes called a hurricane bow. Inside the cover, it looks like a normal bow. Portals on the side provided a nice look at downtown Duluth and the Aerial Lift Bridge below.
The Beluga Constitution comes with its own maritime school. located on the ‘X’ deck of the boat. That deck has 4 two person rooms and a classroom (below).
There ware 6 students, called cadets while on board. All from Germany, they are front row, from the left: Benjamin Zerhusen (21), Bremen, Henryk Tinius (24), Berlin, Marlene Eberl (21), Hannover and Jennifer Witt (20), Geesthacht. Back row, from left: Marius Thomas (30), Bad Bertrich, training officer (the teacher). Seated, Johannes Brydda (21), Stralsund and Ole Piehl (23), Brunsbüttel.
In the galley of the Beluga Constitution during the visit, first mate Marko Milicevic, from Croatia, on the right, was reviewing the day’s work with Captain Andrzej Kocmiel, from Poland. The first mate traditionally overseas the discharge of cargo from the ship. Here, he was preparing to depart for an evening in Duluth while the Captain watched over the discharge. Earlier in the day, the captain, some members of the crew and the 6 cadets took some time off and went sightseeing in Canal Park, Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock. Now it was the first mate’s turn.
Above, the Captain confers with lead stevedore Zoran Pedisic belore loading the wind turbine blades into the ship’s cargo holds. Loading the ship is much more complicated than discharging it and takes more cooperation between the ship and local stevedores.
Above, the first wind turbine blade is lowered into a cargo hold. Below, the below deck cargo holds were now filled with the blades; the last one were welded onto the weather deck when the ship was about ready to depart.
The blades were loading onto trucks, one to a truck, and taken to a lay down area a short distance away.

With the blades on board, it was time to leave. Agent Scott Hilleren (left) was on board to take care of all the paper work involved when shipping cargo from one side of the world to the other. Captain Andrzej Kocmiel (right) checks over last minute details, about 2 hours before they plan to depart.

Callaway in before fireworks

The Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth shortly before the Aerial Bridge closed down for the fireworks, around 4:30 on July 4th. (The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. followed her in about an hour later.) The Callaway brought a cargo of limestone to discharge here before leaving for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This was only her 4th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here 19 times last season.

Federal Agno gets new crew in Duluth

Go back in time and join the crew flown to Duluth to replace crew members on the soon to arrive Federal Agno. They look at some of my pictures, visit the Marine Museum and answer visitor questions, then go wave to their ship as it came in; later they submit to a Coast Guard inspection.