New dock groundbreaking set for May 27, 2015

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Port of Duluth Intermodal Project which will feature a complete rebuild of docks C & D. The area has been cleaned up over the last 20 years and today, it is ready to go (just below). (all photos courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority)   Below, a Port Authority graphic outlines the … [Read more...]

Bringing fish in; getting coal to take out

The Mesabi Miner made a surprise visit to the Twin Ports today (July 26, 2011), first for fuel and then over to Midwest Energy to load coal. The fishing boat Opti 1 came in at the same time, hopefully with a cargo of fish. … [Read more...]

Big news–no fog-see boats

The Frontenac (center) came under the Lift Bridge at 6:41 this morning (June 23, 2011) and went to the Murphy Fuel Dock to get fuel. The American Integrity (right) came under the Lift Bridge an hour and 6 minutes later. She was waiting for the Frontenac to complete before getting  fuel  herself and then going to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. The Integrity slowed down, almost to … [Read more...]

Federal Yukon here to load grain for Italy

The Federal Yukon arrived off the Duluth piers Saturday night, June 4th, 2011 and dropped anchor to wait for morning before coming in. At 7 Sunday morning, she came under the Lift Bridge and was escorted to her dock at CHS in Superior by 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs (above). This is her 8th trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2000. She is loading a cargo of wheat for Italy, a country often … [Read more...]

Two sister ships from Greece pass each other in Duluth

The Olympic Melody departed Duluth just as her sister ship Olympic Miracle was arriving. Both loaded grain at CHS 1 in Superior so the Miracle was indeed taking over for the Melody … [Read more...]

Watching the dredge

The Duluth ship canal is officially a ship channel, meaning it is maintained at a depth of around 30 feet at all times so that large 1,000 footers and ocean going ships can move safely thru the channel on their way in and out of Duluth. To maintain that depth, the channel has to be periodically dredged since wave action and propeller blades can build up silt, especially around the edges of the … [Read more...]

A visit from the Calumet is …

… always appreciated, and so she was as she came into the Duluth harbor early Sunday morning, July 18, 2010. … [Read more...]

The American Century came under the Lift Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, September 30, 2009 and was preparing to drop anchor in the inner anchorage …

... '… to wait for the Paul R. Tregurtha to back up into the St. Louis River, dock at Midwest Energy Resources, load about 62,000 tons of coal, and then depart the Twin Ports. The American Century probably went up into the St. Louis River in early morning to get just behind the Tregurtha so she can move right in when the Paul R. departs. Time is money! … [Read more...]

WDSE toured the Clelia II on Saturday while I followed behind. You can see it on Venture North on November 12th at 8 pm

(insert content here) Clelia tour manager Nina Padden gets ready to lead the tour with Videographer Judy Morrissey behind the camera and Writer producer Greg Grell out of sight on the right.  That was not the first time I followed Judy around. Back in April, 1996, I was behind her trying to stay out of the way as she was getting video for the WDSE  award-winning … [Read more...]

Algowood brings salt, takes iron ore pellets

The Algowood was in on Tuesday to discharge a cargo of salt at the North American Salt Company dock in Duluth (above). She then moved over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. … [Read more...]

Vlieborg undamaged

The Vlieborg is in the inner harbor, at anchor, after its collision with the north pier of the ship canal on Wednesday afternoon. It appears that the ship has suffered no structural damage. If several additional inspections reveal no damage, the ship may depart Duluth sometime later today for Europe with its cargo of beet pulp pellets. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on … [Read more...]