Algoma Guardian

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Algoma Guardian built in 1987, is 730 ft long and flies the Canadian flag

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Previous names:
Omisalj: 1987-1997
Goviken: 1997-2008
Algoma Guardian: 2008-

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I first saw the Algoma Guardian when she was in port in June, 1997 as the Omisalj (above), the name she was given when she was built in Croatia in 1987.
goviker260711-2-006 Later that year, she was purchased by the Viken Shipping Company in Bergen, Norway and renamed the Goviken. As the Goviken, she has been here 12 times since 1996.
Her last visit to Duluth Superior with that name was on July 11, 2006. She picked up the first taconite cargo ever loaded into a salt water ship at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Captain Kyaw Mya Oo carried the iron ore pellets to a Mittal Steel works in Algeria. Mittal is the largest steel company in the world and this trip was a test by Mittal to determine the feasibility of moving iron ore pellets from their mines on the Iron Range to their steel mills in Algeria.
Loading iron ore pellets into a salt water ship at BN was a first and time was taken to discuss the process with all parties.
On the ship’s next visit in September, 2010, she arrived as the Algoma Guardian, that because in 2008, Algoma Central purchased her, along with 2 other ships, both also built in Croatia, one in 1987 and one in 1986. Those ships, named the Daviken and the Sandviken, were renamed by Algoma Central to the Algoma Discovery and the Algoma Spirit respectively. The ships are part of a growing salt water fleet operated by Algoma Central.
Above, the Goviken entered the Duluth harbor on August 6, 2001


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