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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