|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.|