Mesabi Miner


Mesabi Miner was built in 1977, is 1004 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

The Mesabi Miner has been outfitted with freshwater, closed-loop exhaust gas scrubbers. More specifically, DuPont Marine Scrubbers from BELCO. The scrubbers work to effectively strip the majority of sulfur and particulate matter from the ship’s stack emissions, reducing the environmental impact of the ship.
Listen to her whistle on October 15, 2011:
The Mesabi Miner was built in 1977 in Lorain, Ohio and is 1,004 feet in length. She has 36 hatches that open into 7 cargo holds below deck and provide a maximum carrying capacity of 62,336 tons. She can discharge that cargo at a rate of 10,000 tons per hour with the 265-foot self-unloading boom that sits on her deck.  Click here for other pages featuring the Mesabi Miner
The Mesabi Miner was christened at the Port Terminal in Duluth on June 11, 1977. Muriel Humphrey broke the bottle of champagne over her bow, and Senator Humphrey, as was his custom, gave a speech. After the champagne bottle was broken, one of the hatch covers was lifted and thousands of red, white and blue balloons came out. The Miner was named in honor of the men and women who have worked in the Mesabi Iron Range. For the 2012-13 shipping season, she came to Duluth 40 times, almost exclusively to load coal. Above picture taken January 17, 2008
Above, she sits at her winter layup dock at Midwest Energy Resources  on March 12, 2015
Above and below: She is greeted by friendly crowds as she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on September 9, 2015

Above, she moves slowly toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge as she departs Duluth on August 28, 2011; below, she clears the Duluth ship canal on October 15, 2001
She arrives under the Aerial Bridge on November 5, 2010
October 1, 2009; she enters the Duluth ship canal on a very windy day
January 21, 2008: she gets a tug assist through the ice as she comes in for winter layup
Below, two  months later, she departs using the Superior entry; I took the picture from the Alder, who had gone ahead to clear the channel.
Above and below, she is loading coal from the Midwest Energy dock where she spent winter layup; and the next day, below, she departed the port; the first vessel  movement of the new season.
On April 12, she approaches the Duluth ship canal. Below, she gave a good show on August 24, 2008 as she came under the Lift Bridge.
Below, on October 11, 2008, she arrives in the Duluth harbor
Above, on March 16, 2007, was the first boat to move in the harbor in the new season; 3 days later she returns to load coal for another delivery within Lake Superior as the Soo looks won’t open until March 25.
Above, she turns into the Duluth harbor on March 26, 2002; below, she is leaving on August 12, 2002