|The Albanyborg arrived last night (Sunday, April 3, 2016) at 7:46 (at right). This is her first visit to the Twin Ports and she was the first salt water ship of the season. She also was the first foreign-flag vessel to enter the Seaway after it opened on March 23. She is listed as a Multipurpose Dry Cargo Carrier, meaning she was built to carry a wide variety of cargo. She started her journey in Germany where she loaded wind turbine components that she discharged in Port Colborne, Ontario before arriving here last night. She will be loading grain at CHS in Superior but is currently at the Port Terminal (below) reconfiguring her cargo holds. Officially, she has 2 cargo holds but they can both be sub divided, both horizontally and vertically. She arrived set up with several levels to hold the wind turbine pieces. They are taking them down since they will be loading a bulk cargo and will be using the full height of each cargo hold.|
|Received this email this morning (May 12, 2015): “Kenneth, Мариян Йотов has confirmed that you’re friends on Facebook.” That’s Captain Mariyan Yotov, the Captain of the Kom, the first salt water vessel to arrive in Duluth Superior this season. He linked to a long post about the visit on www.maritime.bg, below left, a screen print of the page, and beside it, Google’s translation of the page. Many Twin Ports news sources are mentioned. (Captain Yotov’s Facebook page)|
|The Kom arrived on April 13, 2015, the first salt water ship of the season. It was her 5th trip to the Twin Ports; she first visited us on May 26, 1998, just a year after she was built in Varna, Bulgaria. She is owned by Navigation Maritime Bulgare in Varna. Captain Mariyan Yotov lives in Varna and all of the crew live in Bulgaria, some in Varna also.
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My associate, Holly Jorgenson, joined me. She took this picture as we started our visit going carefully up the gangway. After that, it was only 5 more levels until we reached the pilot house. While we were up in the pilot house, the stevedores at CHS 1 were on the deck loading wheat into the cargo holds.There are two important people on any ship; the captain and the cook. Here Holly chats with the cook; it almost looks like she is praying for food.
|Holly found Captain Yotov’s Facebook page so you too can share some of his travels around the world. Everybody, and everything has a face book page. I was looking around the web for Kom Peak and found their Facebook page. They just sent me an email titled, Kom Peak confirmed your Facebook friend request. Now I am friends with a mountain!Several years ago, I created a web page for the Kom, and I included a Google Earth map to make sure we all knew where Bulgaria was. Captain Yotov likes maps too so he took us down a floor to give us a short tour around his world. First, he showed us home: Varna, his port city on the Black Sea.|
|Then to Spain, and the port of LaCoruña, at the northwest tip of Spain, where they began their trip to Duluth.|
|When they depart the Twin Ports, they will be taking their cargo of wheat to a port in Italy where it will be used to make pasta. Then all officers and crew will be taking the short flight home to Varna; to be replaced by another all Bulgarian crew. I emphasize this since we don’t see this much anymore; Greek owned, operated and crewed ships (with a great Greek cook I might add) were here often and Polish ships the same. For a while the Dutch ships with all Dutch crews were here from the Netherlands. In fact, the captains on some of the Dutch ships have also been part owners of the ship they were on. That was nice; it was almost like visiting the country. Today, costs are cut and many companies have left the shipping business; crews are now often found from other countries with lower pay scales. So we welcome the Kom, a small part of Bulgaria, to Duluth Superior, still holding their country’s maritime heritage and helping us with ours.|
|The Captain is often asked, as he was here, where the name Kom came from. It is named for Kom Peak in the Balkan Mountains in western Bulgaria, not far from the Serbian border. Above we see the view from the top of Kom Peak. The peak is 6,614 feet high and is a popular site for hikers. The country has many interesting neighbors; Romania to the north; Serbia and Macedonia to the west; Greece to the south and Turkey to the southeast. And of course, a long coastal connection to the beautiful Black Sea. Above, the view from the top of Kom’s Peak. Below, the city of Varna.|
|On the way to sunny, almost warm Duluth, the Kom was caught up in the big ice jam at Whitefish Point in the eastern part of Lake Superior, just this side of the Soo Locks. Captain Yotov took us out to show us the bow of his ship which made countless surges into the ice; the white lines are the marks the ice left on her bow to show us they were there.|
|Below, the Kom comes in for more grain on November 27, 2014.|
|The Kom came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon (April 13, 2015). She is the first salt water ship to arrive for the season, beginning her voyage in LaCoruña, Spain. She will load 12,100 tons of durum wheat for Italy where it will be milled into flour for pasta. This is her 4th visit to the Twin Ports; she was here 3 other times in November of 2008, 2010 and 2014. On each trip, as today, she will load grain at the CHS 1 grain terminal in Superior.|
|She had help from 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the Minnesota on her stern and the Arkansas on the bow.|
|At long last, the season’s first salt water ship, Diana, arrived in Duluth. Carole Lent was at the welcome party the Port Authority had aboard the ship and took these pictures.|
|Diana was the first salt water ship of the season to make a full transit of the 2,342-mile trip to Duluth along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Last year, we had the earliest visit ever of a salt water ship, arriving on March 30th. The Diana was the latest first arrival ever, just beating the May 3rd arrival of the Ramon de Larrinaga in 1959, the first ever arrival of a salt water ship using the St. Lawrence Seaway system.The Diana began her voyage by discharging cargo in Santos, Brazil, before proceeding to the Twin Ports. The 453-foot ship will load approximately 11,550 metric tons of wheat at the CHS elevator before departing for Algeria.|
|The crew of the Diana was happy to answer questions and show the visitors around. This is Romi, the 3rd mate. He just started a 6 month tour on the ship. He is from Constanta, Romania, a port on the Black Sea and located in the middle of the Google Earth map below. Click on it, or any picture here, to see a larger version.|
|The Federal Hunter will make her 10th trip to the Twin Ports today (March 29, 2013) or tomorrow, marking the earliest date in a new season a salt water vessel has arrived in the Twin Ports. She will break the record the LT Argosy set when she arrived here on April 1, 1995.
The Federal Hunter started this trip in Rostock, Germany, where she loaded 27,500 tons of calcium ammonium nitrate and discharged it in Contrecoeur, Quebec. While here, she will load wheat at the CHS grain terminal in Superior and then go to Thunder Bay to load Canadian spring wheat. Then Captain Khalil Zamindar and his 22-member crew will head back to the Atlantic Ocean to deliver their cargo of wheat to Dunkirk, France and the port of Tilbury in Great Britain.
The Federal Hunter was built in Oshima, Japan in 2001: she is 655 feet long.
|For more pages about first salt water arrivals in Duluth Superior, go here.|
|Above pictures taken when she was arriving in port June, 2004 to load grain at CHS, the same terminal she will load it on this trip. Below, she is coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in August, 2007.|
|Arrived: April 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm|
|The 469-foot Arubaborg was the first saltwater ship to arrive in port in 2012, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 12:43 pm on April 6, 2012. She began her voyage in Europe, stopping in Sault Ste. Marie to discharge steel pipe en route to the Twin Ports. The winner of the First Ship contest was just 40 minutes off the arrival time. And that was out of over 1,300 entries. The winner was from Oklahoma; she entered the contest on a whim, while she was making an online reservation at a local hotel.|
|Click here for more about the Arubaborg.|
|Arrived: April 11, 2011 at 7:10 am|
|The Cyprus-flagged Federal Leda was the first saltwater ship of the 2011 season, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:10 am on April 11, 2011. With an assist from two local tugs (below), she went over to CHS in Superior to load durum wheat.|
|The winner of the First Ship contest missed the exact arrival time by only 49 seconds. The Federal Leda began her voyage in Constanza, Romania. On her way here, she first stopped in Windsor, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie to discharge steel. She loaded 21,000 tons of durum wheat here to take to Italy, stopping first in Quebec to pick up a cargo of titanium slag.|
|Click here for more about the Federal Leda.|
|Arrived: April 7, 2010 at 6:14 am|
|The Cyprus-flagged Federal Elbe became the first saltwater ship of the season when she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on April 7, 2010 at 6:14 am.|
|She began her voyage in Italy and will load (below) nearly 23,700 tons of durum wheat for pasta production in Italy.|
|Click here for more about the Federal Elbe.|
|Arrived: April 12, 2009 at 10:27 am|
|The Medemborg was the first saltwater vessel of 2009, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:27 am on April 12, 2009, edging out the Federal Welland, who arrived 61 minutes later. The winner of the First Ship contest guessed 10:15 am, only 12 minutes earlier.|
|The Medemborg loaded 8,100 metric tons of beet pellets for Morocco. The pellets are a by-product of sugar beet processors in Western Minnesota and the Dakotas. The beet pellets are often used as cattle feed.|
|Click here for more about the Medemborg.|
|Arrived: April 10, 2008 at 2:10 pm|
|Click here for more about the Gadwall.|
|Arrived: April 10, 2007 at 12:10 pm|
|She loaded grain at CHS in Superior
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|Arrived: April 4, 2006 at 3:29 am|
|The Marshall Islands-flagged Ziemia Cieszynska was the first saltwater ship of the 2006 season, arriving at 3:29 in the morning of April 4, 2006. She loaded about 18,000 tons of durum wheat at Superior’s CHS grain elevator that she carried to Italy.|
|Port dignitaries held a welcoming ceremony for Captain Jan Jarosz from Poland. Here Gene Shaw at left, from Visit Duluth, welcomed Captain Jarosz at right. The winner of the First Ship contest guessed 1:06 a.m. on April 4, the actual arrival was 3:29 am. There were about 2,000 entries from 16 states in addition to Minnesota in this year’s contest.|
|Click here for more about the Ziemia Cieszynska|
|Arrived: April 11, 2005 at 10:26 am|
|With a 30 mph wind behind her, the Utviken arrived in port on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 10:26:24 AM to load wheat at the Cargill Elevator in Duluth. She was the first saltwater ship of the season.|
|The winner of that year’s First ship contest guessed 10:30 a.m. only 4 minutes away from the actual time. The contest in 2005 drew about 2,000 entries from 17 states.|
|Click here for more about the Utviken.|
|Arrived: April 10, 2004 at 4:40 pm|
|Lithuanian ships usually fly Lithuanian flags. Unfortunately for John and Birute Tribys, there were no Lithuanians on board. The home port of the Kapitonas Andzejauskas is Klaipeda, a Lithuanian port on the Baltic Sea. The arrival of this Lithuanian ship attracted the attention of the Tribys. They live in Wisconsin but came up to Superior to check out the ship. When I arrived for the welcome party, they came over to my car and introduced themselves. Birute pointed to the name “Klaipeda” on the stern of the ship and said, “That is where we were born.” She was quite excited. Later, when we found that John was a good singer and sang the Lithuanian national anthem, he was happy to open the party with a robust version of the song, and we all showed him our appreciation.|
|The CHS grain facility loaded 10,150 metric tons of wheat destined for Italy.
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|Arrived: April 11, 2003 at 11:30 am
Built in 1968 as the Holmsund, she was renamed Menominee, and then sailed as the Kathryn Spirit. I think she is no longer in service.
|The Norwegian flagged Menominee was the first saltwater ship of the year in 2003, arriving on April 11, 2003 at 11:30 am. A ship named the Menominee would not at first glance appear to be a candidate for the first saltie of the year, since it is named for a city in Michigan. The ship’s owner is from Norway but he has a good friend (and business partner) in Menominee, hence the name.|
|She discharged 1,800 metric tons of German lumber.|
|Arrived: April 2, 2002 at 7:57 pm
Built in 1968 as the Holmsund, she was renamed Menominee, and then sailed as the Kathryn Spirit. I think she is no longer in service.
|The Norwegian flagged Menominee was the first saltwater ship of the year in 2002, arriving on April 2, 2002 at 7:57 pm. A ship named the Menominee would not at first glance appear to be a candidate for the first saltie of the year, since it is named for a city in Michigan. The ship’s owner is from Norway but he has a good friend (and business partner) in Menominee, hence the name.She departed on April 7th (above). While here, she discharged lumber (below).|
|Arrived: April 4, 2001 at 1:24 am
was the Millenium Raptor then; is Lake Superior now
|The Millenium Raptor arrived very early, Wednesday morning, April 4, 2001. She was the first vessel to arrive in Duluth after making a complete transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway. She began her journey in South Africa, loading titanium slag. After discharging that cargo in Ashtabula, she came to Duluth to load durum wheat for Tunisia.|
Arrived: April 10, 1999 at 5:09 pm
|Captain I. M. Singh talks with Port Authority Director Davis Helberg on the bridge of the Federal Mackenzie on Sunday morning, April 11, 1999. They were celebrating the ship’s arrival as the first saltie of the season.|
|With the official business done, it was time to check out the important things, like snow, which the Captain’s son Zorawar, does not see much of at home in Chandigarh, a city north of Delhi in India. The temperature in Delhi today was 100 degrees!|
|Arrived: April 6, 1998 at 10:29 am|
|The Port’s 1998 St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season began April 6 with the arrival of the Barbados-flagged Federal St. Laurent. She loaded 19,800 tons of AGP spring wheat at AGP Grain Limited in Duluth. The wheat was destined for Allied Mills in Seaforth, England.
Click here for more about the Federal St. Laurent.