Both the Kurt Paul and the Trudy here for second time to discharge general cargo

The Kurt Paul, above, arrived on Saturday and went to anchor off the Duluth piers. This morning (May 29, 2016) at 6:14, she came into port and is now discharging wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal.  She was here once before, in May, 2011, also discharging wind turbine blades. She is expected to complete that discharge and depart the port this evening. Below, the Trudy arrived here on May 24 and has been discharging clay at the Port Terminal. She also was here once before; in November, 2015 when she also discharged clay. That job will take a holiday on Monday (Memorial Day) and resume on Tuesday, hoping to complete the discharge late next week.

Heavy lift Fairlift returns to Duluth

The heavy lift ship, Jumbo Shipping’s Fairlift, arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (above) on Thursday evening April 14, 2016. She brought with her 8 large pieces of gas/oil production equipment built in Italy. You can see 2 of the pieces on her weather deck in the picture above and below. She also brought large pieces of equipment here in 2007 and 2000. check
She docked at the Port Terminal Thursday evening (above) and preparation began to move the large pieces from the ship to railcars sitting beside the ship.
On Friday afternoon, two on-board cranes slowly lifted the first piece off the deck and out over the waiting railcars.
Each piece will be carried by 2 rail cars lashed together to handle too large and extra long cargo.

Our Local Hero

2015-0710-2416On Friday afternoon, November 1, 2013, Zoran Pedisic was on his fork lift moving heavy things around the Lake Superior Warehousing loading area next to Berth number 1, where the giant cranes sit waiting to be called into service. He noticed a man walking close to the edge of the pier and then going into the icy water. Zoran went in right after him and brought him up, saving his life in the process. Rescue story, North Star Port MAG pg6
A year and a half later, (July 10, 2015) Captain Steve Teschendorf, the  Commander of Sector Sault Ste. Marie, came to town to present Zoran with the USCG Silver Life Saving Medal. It was a homecoming of sorts for Teschendorf; he was the last Commander of the Sundew, and after taking her out of commission, became the first captain of the Sundew’s replacement, the Alder.
2015-0710-2390But Zoran was the hero of the hour and friends and family of Zoran’s and family members of the man he saved, were out to honor their hero. Work even stopped for the many Warehouse employees who took a moment out of a busy day to celebrate a hero,  one of their own.
2015-0710-2446Before the ceremony, children just getting out of their car noticed Zoran’s different kind of car and lined up for a ride. Zoran is a wonderful man and clearly a hero to the children who gathered around him again, this time for a picture after the ceremony.  In his work, Zoran is always lifting and moving stuff, and he seemed to enjoy holding the smallest child in her basket for the picture.  Zoran was busy as always enjoying his time entertaining the children, accepting the award and talking with the local media.  Notice his medal around his neck.

It takes a crane to move a crane

After stops in Cleveland, Windsor and Chicago, the Eemsborg arrived in Duluth on Thursday morning, October 17, 2013, with a crane loaded in Antwerp, Belgium. Of course, the crane came in many pieces, all at the bottom of the cargo holds since Duluth was the last stop discharging cargo. Above, the large base unit of the crane is lowered onto the truck that will leave shortly for Big Stone City in South Dakota. Below are many of the pieces that will form the superstructure of the crane. It will look very similar to the 2 gantry cranes at Lake Superior Warehousing at the Port Terminal that are being used to move this crane from ship to truck. The crane will be used during the construction of a new electrical generating plant in Big Stone City.

HHL Amur back for more

The HHL Amur is here discharging electrical transformers at the Port Terminal (October 15, 2013) that will be taken to Alberta by train. The HHL Mississippi was here in July discharging more pieces from the same shipment. The HHL Amur was also here in July, 2012 discharging wind turbine parts.

Nice ship, name could be better

This is the curiously named HHL Mississippi (HHL Duluth makes much more sense). It is here today discharging 6 transformers built in Germany, hllmississippi20130904-0021picked up by the ship in Antwerp and going from here to Alberta by rail.  So the ship is misnamed but the captain hails from Petrozavodsk, Russia, which is a sister city to Duluth. Many Duluth residents have visited his city. When he told me that, I was all set to make a bunch of calls and have a party but he told me the ship should be departing tonight. He may be back in a couple months with more transformers and I will be sure to have a welcoming party ready. He did not want me to take his picture but he would be happy to meet sister city people, and maybe even a reporter or two if he gets back in town.

HHL Mississippi at Port Terminal

The bright red HHL Mississippi arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Tuesday morning (July 16, 2013) at 8:30 with a cargo of electrical transformers built in Germany and picked up in Antwerp. She is discharging the equipment at the Port Terminal. The equipment, a total of 102 pieces, 4 of which are large transformers, will soon be loaded onto rail cars for transport to Alberta. Built in 2009, she made her first trip to the Twin Ports this past May when she loaded grain at the CHS terminal in Superior.

Atlanticborg departs with wind turbine blades

The Atlanticborg arrived Duluth on July 8, 2012 with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, the blades will go by truck to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota.
She then moved out to the anchorage off the Duluth piers for a few days, coming back in on July 15, 2012 to load wind turbine blades built in North Dakota that she took to Brazil.
The two wind turbine shipments the Atlanticborg carried are totally separate. It is a coincidence that both cargos on the ship were wind turbine blades and also that the inbound cargo went to North Dakota and the outbound cargo came from North Dakota. Go here for more pictures of the Atlanticborg loading these blades at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal. Above and below, the Atlanticborg departed the port for Brazil on July 17, 2012.

Blades to Brazil

The Alamosborg is now (June 28, 2012) at the Port Terminal loading 60 wind turbine blades. She was here a week ago to discharge wind turbine parts she brought into port. After that, she left the Port Terminal dock to go to the anchorage and wait for the Flinterstar to complete discharging her cargo of wind turbine blades. She then came back in to load 60 wind turbine blades manufactured in North Dakota and going to a wind farm in Brazil. Yesterday, they were loading the blades into the ship’s cargo hold below deck. Today, they are placing the last blades on the weather deck of the ship. It should be a good sight to see when they depart the port, probably on Friday.
Note that each blade includes a stabilizer which is used to stack the blades on top of each other while underway. They of course will be removed at the site in Brazil.