Goviken loads taconite at BNSF

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The picture above was taken yesterday at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Taconite Facility in Superior. Taconite is pouring into a ship’s hold. It happens every day there, but never before in a salt water ship. The hold belongs to the Panamanian flagged Goviken. Sometime this morning, Captain Kyaw Mya Oo  will depart Superior and start the long journey to Algeria and a Mittal Steel facility located there. In addition to that plant and many other facilities around the world, Mittal Steel is a part owner in Hibbing Taconite on the Iron Range. Burlington Northern ships out a lot of their pellets, but usually to places like Burns Harbor, Indiana. Later today, the dock will be back to normal when the Stewart J. Cort will arrive to load taconite. It is that boat’s 19th trip there this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2006