S. Pacific in Duluth

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In 2005, 7 boats arrived from the BBC Chartering & Logistic Company in Leer, Germany. I doubt I was alone in wondering at first why the British Broadcasting Company had gone into the shipping business. The BBC England even made two visits here and it had nothing to do with the British Broadcasting Company. The next year, 5 BBC ships made at least one visit to the Twin Ports, but until today, we had seen none this season. The BBC Mexico has nothing to do with Mexico but it will be here today to load bentonite and may depart this evening. Meanwhile, the S. Pacific, a ship that was here once last year to load wheat, arrived last night (above) to discharge wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal. Photo taken on June 21, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2007

Chase car and dog assist with Umiavut discharging

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The Dutch flagged Umiavut has been discharging parts for 32 wind turbines that will next go to a wind farm in Iowa. But first, each piece was discharged from the ship to trailer trucks that carried the pieces to another part of the Port Terminal where they will soon be put back on trucks and taken south. The pieces are big and very heavy and they need a big, specially built trailer truck to move them. And big very heavy trailer trucks need a chase car behind them to alert traffic coming up on them and to give the driver another set of eyes at the end of the very long trailer. That’s Stacy Wudtke in the driver’s seat of the chase car for one of the many half-mile trips they made on Friday from one end of the Port Authority terminal to the other. Her dog Tyler takes up the back seat, and Gus Johnson is to her left. Both work for Badger Transport Inc. in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Stacy lives in Montana. Photo taken on June 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2007

Umiavut unloading at LSW

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The Dutch flagged Umiavut arrived in Duluth at 7:36 this morning. Shortly after tying up at the Lake Superior Warehousing berth at the Port Terminal, longshoremen, along with the ship’s crew, began to discharge parts for 32 wind turbines that will be taken by truck to wind farms in Iowa and Illinois. Above, they have just discharged one nacelle onto a trailer that departed for Iowa just after this picture was taken. The port’s 2 gantry cranes are turned toward the ship, dropping rigging into the ship’s cargo hold to pull up another nacelle. A nacelle is an enclosure for much of the machinery needed to operate the wind turbine. Photo taken June 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2007

Busch Buffalo bound

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The tug Gregory J. Busch came into port a couple days ago to load wind turbine base units built by DMI Industries in West Fargo, North Dakota. They were brought down here by truck. For two days, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing have been loading those units onto the barge the Busch brought with it. Specially built hardware was attached to each piece and the port’s two gantry cranes slowly lifted the piece, with hardware, onto the barge. Above, you can see they were starting on the second, and last, tier yesterday, using the hardware to connect the first tier units with those on the second tier. When they complete loading the barge, possibly later today, they will depart the port for Buffalo where the base units will be discharged onto trucks and taken to a wind farm in upper New York State. Photo taken on June 01, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2007

Adam E. Cornelius departs in April ice

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We load a lot of ships here for some exotic ports, such as Algeria, Iceland, the South coast of France and Venezuela to name a few. And with apologies to the following, we also load cargo for less exotic ports on the Great Lakes, such as Lorain, Ohio or Gary, Indiana. But I never thought of Buffalo as a major destination for our cargo ships but today, it is. The Adam E. Cornelius should be departing Duluth later today with wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years. The tug Gregory J. Busch arrived here yesterday with a barge ready to be loaded with wind turbine base units. They were built by DMI Industries in West Fargo and sent here by truck. The tug was here late last year to take one load of base units to Buffalo but bad weather kept if from making a second trip. Today, it is here for that second trip and it should be back for more wind turbine base units, all of which will be shipped out of Buffalo to wind turbine farms in upper New York state. Above, the Cornelius departs Duluth with wheat for Buffalo on April 11th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2007

LSW and Tatjana exchange wind turbine blades

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That’s Lake Superior Warehousing Company’s lead stevedore, Tim Rogers, watching over the activity there on Friday morning. That’s the German flag flying in front of the US flag in honor of the cargo coming off the Tatjana yesterday. Behind Rogers, the last of 3 wind turbine blades is discharged from the ship to a waiting trailer. The blade is part of one wind turbine shipped here on the Tatjana from Rostock, Germany, by Nordex, a German company that builds wind turbines around the world, although this will be the first one they will build in the United States. The wind turbine will be taken by truck to Hewitt, Minnesota and should be operational in June. Minnesota Power will be the exclusive user of the electrical power generated by the wind turbines there. The Tatjana also carried steel products in its cargo hold, some of which was discharged in Hamilton. The rest of the steel will be discharged in Chicago. That’s where they were headed when they departed last night. When done there, they will return to Duluth to load grain. Photo taken on May 18, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-19-2007

Kwintebank at Port Terminal

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The port picked up a new type of business on Monday. The Kwintebank arrived from Milwaukee early Monday morning after discharging wind turbine parts. Wind turbine parts are often welded into place where ever they are loaded on a ship. That allows for no movement of the piece during transit, which allows the ship to be packed tighter, thus holding more cargo, always a good thing for the shipping company. The welds were not cleaned off in Milwaukee, so instead of going to General Mills to load beet pulp pellets for Spain, the Kwintebank went to the Port Terminal (above) where iron workers took their torches to the old welds. The ship should begin loading the pellets today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2006

BBC India taking on cargo

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Siemens, in Denmark, filled the BBC India with the parts to 22 wind turbines, a total of 174 pieces weighing 8,039,321 pounds and sent the ship off to Duluth. A lot of hardware, owned by Siemens, was needed to pack those pieces in the ship tightly and safely. The BBC India will be returning those pieces to Siemens. Some of that stuff was placed in containers. In the picture above, a container is being placed on the deck of the ship on Thursday. The container is at the end of a cable connected to one of the Port Terminal’s 2 gantry cranes. The other crane is at the top left. The picture was taken from the bow of the ship. You can see some of the rope used to tie the ship up to the dock. The top of the ship’s pilot house is at top center. Before arriving in Denmark, the ship will drop off electrical housing components in Iceland (they will be loaded onto the deck today), and grain in Ghent, Belgium. The grain was loaded earlier this week at CHS in Superior, after the wind turbine parts were discharged.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2006

Primary 1 / Gregory J. Busch

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The barge Primary 1 was loaded on Saturday with 12 wind turbine base units brought here from North Dakota (above). The tug Gregory J. Busch should be pushing the barge out into the lake today on its way to Buffalo where the base units will be taken to a wind farm being built in Upper New York State. This combination took the place of the BBC India which just finished discharging wind turbine units loaded in Denmark and going to North Dakota. The BBC India, waiting to take the place of the Federal Agno which was delayed by weather loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior, was tied up right next to the tug barge on Sunday. The Federal Agno may leave today, opening the berth to the BBC India. When the cargo holds are filled with grain, the BBC India will return to the Port Terminal to load large electrical components on the deck of the ship, taking them to Iceland on the way to discharging the grain cargo in Ghent, Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-25-2006

Gregory J. Busch / Primary 1

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After completing the discharge from the BBC India of 22 wind turbines on Thursday evening, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company turned to loading wind turbine base units onto the barge Primary 1. It arrived in port, pushed by the tug Gregory J. Busch, on Friday morning. All the pieces were loaded on Saturday. After some finishing work on Monday, the tug barge combination should depart for Buffalo. The tug was built in Superior in 1919 as the Humaconna. In 1977, it became the Gregory J. Busch. It served many years in the Pacific Ocean off Puget Sound and up to Alaska. Above, it was at the Port Terminal loading the base units on Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-24-2006

BBC India discharges nacelles

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The BBC India completed discharging the parts for 22 wind turbines last night that will soon be shipped to a North Dakota wind farm built by Siemens. The electrical power generated there will be used by Minnesota Power to keep the lights of Minnesota bright. The last pieces to be brought out, from the bottom of the ship’s hold, were the nacelles, 22 of them. Above, one is being pulled out by the two Port Terminal gantry cranes yesterday. There are five more still sitting in the hold. The nacelle is a covering, or shell, that holds much of the machinery that operates the wind turbine. Doors on the top of the nacelle, here visible on the right side, are opened so that very strong cables hanging down from the crane can be connected to the nacelle so it can be pulled out of the hold. You can see more pictures at: www.lswci.com
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2006

BBC India discharges onto truck

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The BBC India came back to Duluth on Monday afternoon and began discharging a cargo of wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal on Tuesday morning. The cargo hold on the ship contains parts for 22 wind turbines. With 3 blades per turbine, the ship brought 66 blades, lashed to the deck and some in the cargo hold below deck. They also brought 23 hubs, 23 nacelles, 23 spinners, 23 power units and 20 containers filled with smaller components. These parts will go by truck to North Dakota where Florida Light and Power will build and operate the wind turbines. It will all eventually come back to Minnesota since all the electrical power generated there will be purchased by Minnesota Power. Above, a blade is lowered from the ship to a waiting truck by the Port Terminal’s two gantry cranes.  Pictures of the discharge can be seen at the Lake Superior Warehousing Company page at: http://www.lswci.com/
[many more recent entries are there also]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2006

Magdalena Green brings wind turbine blades

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The Magdalena Green came into port on Wednesday with a cargo hold full of wind turbine parts, all destined to go to a wind farm in Mower County in Southern Minnesota. In this picture, 2 cranes at the Port Terminal (only one is visible) are lifting one of 60 wind turbine blades out of the ship’s hold and are slowly swinging it over the deck. Each blade is lowered onto a truck that takes the blade to another part of the Port Terminal where they are set down. In the coming weeks, each blade will be picked up and placed onto a truck, one blade per truck. They will then begin the final part of a long journey that began in Denmark where the wind turbines were built and loaded onto the ship.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2006

Flinterspirit brings a crane

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The parts of 22 wind turbines came in and were discharged from the BBC India last week. Those pieces are now headed down to Mower County by truck. Last night, the crane that will be used to lift the pieces as they are building the wind turbines came into port aboard the Flinterspirit (above). Sixty-nine pieces will be discharged starting this morning. They will be sent by truck to Mower County. On other trips to the Twin Ports the Flinterspirit loaded Budweiser barley for England. The barley was good midwest barley and allowed Anheuser-Busch to claim that their beer is made from the same ingredients the world over. And it is, I saw it. But now the ship is hauling cranes around the world instead. The American Century can be seen behind the Flinterspirit, waiting at anchor for a dock.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-08-2006

BBC India discharging with crane assist

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Last September, the Federal Leda was here loading flax for Northern Europe. This year, it will load about 21,600 tons of taconite at Burlington Northern in Superior, only the 3rd ship to ever load taconite there, all this year. That cargo will go to Algeria. The BBC India came in here as a heavy cargo ship (above). It discharged that cargo (wind turbine parts from Denmark) and will now load grain at CHS in Superior. Both ships represent new trading patterns for salt water vessels coming to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-07-2006

Cranes lift blades from BBC India

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Two gantry cranes at the Port Terminal lifted the last of 66 wind turbine blades from the hold of the BBC India on Friday. They were discharged onto waiting flat bed trucks and moved over to temporary storage at the Port Terminal. The 66 wind turbine blades will be mounted on 22 towers, 3 blades for each tower in the wind farm being built in Mower County. Other pieces making up the shipment of wind turbine equipment are still being discharged from the ship, but should be completed this evening. Starting next week, the blades and other equipment will begin shipping out to Mower County by truck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2006

BBC India brought wind turbine parts

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Lots of U.S. flagged freighters, most of them 1,000-footers, will be coming and going today. While one salt water ship sits at anchor (Federal Leda), two are in port, one discharging wind turbine parts for Mower County and one loading wheat for Africa (Federal Miramichi). In the picture, a truck starts out from Clure Public Marine Terminal on Thursday morning, pulling an expandable flat bed trailer loaded with one of the almost 150 foot long wind turbine blades on it. It will take the blade to a wind turbine farm in Mower County, Minnesota. You can see the stern of the BBC India sticking up on the right. It brought the blades here from Denmark. Notice the ends of more blades on its deck pointing toward the stern from the right.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2006

BBC India bridge to go under the Bridge

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The BBC India, expected here this morning, last came under the Lift Bridge 6 years ago yesterday. It was called the Maria Green then and was here to load grain. The picture shows a view of the bridge of the ship on that trip. It was sold in 2004 and received its current name. It is bringing cargo this time, wind turbine blades for a wind turbine farm in Waltham, Minnesota. The ship is also carrying 4 pieces for a crane that will be assembled and then used to assemble the wind turbine. Another ship will be here later this year with 69 more pieces of the crane.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2006

BBC Shanghai cargo to Manitoba

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The BBC Shanghai has been discharging 24 wind turbine blades from the deck of the ship directly onto waiting trucks for transport to Manitoba. Above, one is slowly lifted from the stack by the ship’s on board cranes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2005

Cargo here via Bavaria

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Above, the Bavaria was here in April discharging wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal. Late this morning, we expect the BBC Shanghai to come into port with similar blades resting on the deck. It is worth seeing if you are in the neighborhood.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2005

Ostkap unloads nacelles

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The Ostkap was here yesterday (above) discharging 18 nacelles and 18 wind turbine hubs at the Port Authority Terminal. A nacelle is the enclosure for much of the machinery needed to operate a wind turbine. Each nacelle weighs 113,427 pounds. Above, one of the nacelles is lifted from the Ostkap by one of the Port Authority cranes. The Ostkap is now loading spring wheat for Portugal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2005

Bavaria discharges wind turbine blades

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The first turbine blade is discharged from the Bavaria yesterday at the port terminal (above). Cranes from the ship slowly lowered the blades onto waiting trucks. The blades will next go to Canada for use on wind turbine towers (windmills). The Bavaria should finish up late this afternoon and will depart through the Duluth piers shortly thereafter.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/14/2005

Bavaria brings wind turbine blades

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The German flagged Bavaria always brings interesting cargo to Duluth. Today, it is windmill blades for Canada, although I am supposed to call them wind turbine blades.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/13/2005