Orsula here for her 2nd visit this year

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The Orsula arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge yesterday (September 10, 2017) to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. This is her second trip here this season; she was here in June, also loading grain at CHS. On an earlier trip, she loaded wheat, flax and soybeans for Ghent, Belgium.

She was built in China in 1996 as the Federal Calumet and became the Orsula in 1998. This is the 19th visit the Orsula has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. She was here once in 2010, once in 2009 and twice in 2008.

20101214_7631She is a Croatian ship with a Croatian crew and until recently flew the Croatian flag. She now flies the flag of the Marshall Islands but that is a technicality; she is a still very much a Croatian ship and is owned by Atlantska Plovidb in Dubrovnik, Croatia although she comes here under a charter to Fed Nav in Montreal. I visited the ship in 2010 and learned a lot about Croatia dubrovnikfrom a crew who were very proud of their city and anxious to share it with me. The owners of the ship are also proud of Dubrovnik; and have a company poster (above left) the crew showed to me with a very beautiful picture of the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Below right is an image I took with Google earth of the entire city.  The yellow arrow points to the same image the poster has; the red arrow points to Park Orsula. Either the ship is named for the park, or both are named for another Orsula. (Click any image to see a larger version.)

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Above, tug Kentucky on her stern and the tug Arkansas on her bow assisted the ship yesterday and they guided her through the Duluth harbor to her dock at CHS.

Roerborg departs with wheat

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The Roerborg came under the Lift Bridge at 5:20 pm on September 4, 2017. After loading wheat at CHS 2, she departed (above) at 4:35 this afternoon (September 6, 2017).
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2017-0906-3745The Roerborg was built in Germany and launched on July 4, 2014. At 577 feet, she is the longest vessel Wagenborg has ever owned. She has two sister ships, the Reestborg and Reggeborg. All three ships belong to Wagenborg’s R-series and have unique bow shapes (see picture at left) called by Wagenborg, an eco bow. I assume it allows her to cut through ocean waves easier than other bow shapes would. That allows her to have a smaller engine capacity so they can be called Green. The R-series is unique in combining cargo capacity, hold dimensions and fuel consumption. Below, the photo, by Henk Zuur was taken during her launch.
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Alpena here 4th time this season

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The venerable cement carrier Alpena arrived 11:30 this morning (August 19, 2017), only her 4th trip to the Twin Ports this season. She has been here 286 times since I started doing this in 1996. As the Alpena entered the ship canal, you can see the Taagborg at anchor just beyond, waiting to load wheat at CHS in Superior.

Nice night for a boat ride

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Above, the now privately owned and operated Sundew eases past the current US Coast Guard cutter Alder at her dock on Park Point on Monday evening, August 14, 2017.

Below, the tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort was pushing the barge Erie Trader through the Duluth harbor. Formerly the Lakes Contender, they are here to load iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) dock in Superior.

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Below, the Cason J. Callaway arrived last night with limestone to discharge at the C. Reiss Terminal in West Duluth. After that, she stopped for fuel at the Calumet Fuel dock before departing for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.
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Back to work after …

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… a day of rain. Above, the BBC Campana is still at Riverland Ag loading grain on this her first trip to the Twin Ports.  Below, the Algoma Mariner is still discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock, next door to Riverland Ag, above. The Algoma Mariner was officially built in 2011, but click here to see her unusual back story. She has only been here 7 times since she was built, handling a wide variety of cargos, including, loading coal at Midwest Energy for Nova Scotia, loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern and grain at CHS 1.
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Block here for 9th trip this season

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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.
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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
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Above and below, she is tied up at the dock and was getting ready to discharge the base units.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The blades were loading onto trucks, one to a truck, and taken to a lay down area a short distance away.
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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

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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.
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Prosna back for second time

The Polish operated Prosna arrived Duluth for her second trip yesterday (June 26, 2017) at 8pm, on her way over to CHS 2 to load grain. Built in 2012, like many foreign flagged vessels that come to Duluth, she was named for a river, the Prosna River in Poland. I posted some pictures of that river and a running race that runs through it here when she was here for the first time, on May 11, 2016. Below, she got help from the tug Kentucky last night as she made her way over to CHS 2.