There are 8 vessels waiting off the Duluth piers today

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There are, I think, 7 boats at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting to go to BNSF in Superior and one, the Algoma Equinox, waiting to go to the CN in Two Harbors. These are pictures I took of those boats around 2 PM Wednesday, January 3, 2018. I am writing this at 4 PM the same afternoon. There will be changes as time goes on. Please let me know if you think I have the wrong names for any of the vessels. Above, the St. Clair is at anchor just off the Duluth Lift Bridge.  (The Mesabi Miner is at BN now. She may depart late this afternoon.) (The pictures above and below were taken moving left to right.) (There is a nice article in the Duluth News Tribune this morning providing more details)
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Front to back: Thunder Bay, John G. Munson, CSL Assiniboine
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Front to back: Algoma Equinox, Presque Isle
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Whitefish Bay
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Algoma Discovery

Convoy arrived!

20140414-102The convoy of boats led by US and Canadian ice breakers arrived in Duluth early Monday morning, April 14th, 2014. The Stewart J. Cort came under the Lift Bridge at 4:54 and went over to the BN to begin loading iron ore pellets. The St. Clair left port, under the Lift Bridge at 6:15 am, going to the anchorage to wait for the eastbound convoy. At 6:47, the CSL Tadoussac arrived followed by the Mackinaw an hour later. The Sam Laud, here to load iron ore pellets at the CN in Duluth, came under the bridge at 7:54.
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At noon on Monday, the St. Clair (above left) was at anchor and next to her, the Algoma Discovery (formerly the Daviken), waited to load iron ore pellets at the BN. And, the Mackinaw, having done her job, was at the DECC, perhaps relaxing for a couple moments.
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Daviken enters canal to welcoming crowd

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Today, we have lots of coal going out the door, in fact there will likely be a boat or two waiting in line to get a berth at Midwest Energy Resources. And some more taconite from Burlington Northern is going to Algeria by way of a salt water ship, in this case, the Norwegian owned Daviken. Its sister ship, the Sandviken, was just here a few days ago loading grain. This is only the 5th trip the Daviken has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. On its last trip here, in May of 2004, it loaded chrome ore for Sweden, a very usual cargo and destination for ships loading out of Duluth Superior. Above, it is arriving Duluth in September, 2001. The Dutch flagged Victoriaborg will be arriving to load a more mundane cargo, beet pulp pellets that will be used for animal feed in Spain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2006

Daviken to load chrome ore

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The Bahamian flagged Daviken should be arriving today to load chrome ore for Sweden. This is its 4th visit here since 1996. It was here once in 1998, again in 1999 and once in 2001. It was built in 1983.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-21-2004