Coal to Nova Scotia

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The Atlantic Huron departed Duluth today (May 7, 2016) with 33,000 tons of coal she will deliver to Sydney, Nova Scotia (right center on Google Earth map, below). Click here for her ship page to see another image of her departure and to hear her whistle as she went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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G3 Marquis first visit to Duluth

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The G3 Marquis arrived Duluth at 8:01 this morning and stopped off at Calumet Fuel at the Port Terminal (above). She then moved up the Superior channel to the BN dock. The G3 web site notes that the G3 Marquis will carry grain eastward out of Thunder Bay, and bring iron ore from seaports on the St. Lawrence back into the Great Lakes. Despite that, on this trip she will load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. She is a new build from China, built for the Algoma Central Corporation, for use by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).  During her winter layup in Hamilton, Ontario, she was renamed from CWB Marquis to G3 Marquis in order to reflect a change of ownership from the Canadian Wheat Board to G3 Canada Ltd. (Global Grain Group). This is her first stop under her new name.

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.

Tim and Lee brighten up a dull day

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth this afternoon (November 30, 2015) at 2:00 (above). It was her 16th trip here this season; she made 22 trips last year. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN Dock in West Duluth on most of her trips this season. She loaded pellets at the BN dock once, on May 15. Twice she brought limestone in before going to CN and at least once went to Silver Bay to load pellets. Below, the Tim S. Dool departed a half hour later after discharging cement at the Holcim dock, a task she accomplished on 8 other trips this season. She was here to load iron ore pellets twice this season, once at BN and once at CN in Duluth.
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More salt for Duluth

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The Algoma Enterprise has been discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock for the last two days; she is expected to complete the discharge later this evening. In the old days, until about 2008, the Algoma Enterprise, then the Canadian Enterprise, loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and carried it to the Ontario Power Generator in Nanticoke, Ontario. She and her sister boat, now the Algoma Transport, then the Canadian Transport, averaged around 25 trips a year on that route. Trading routes can change as often as a boat’s name; in this case, the Nanticoke plant began using nuclear power to generate electricity. Since 2009, we see the Algoma Enterprise only about 5 times a year.