Canadian Olympic here to load coal

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After a short time waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Canadian Olympic came in to load coal on Thursday afternoon (above). Like the Capt. Henry Jackman and the John B. Aird before it, the Olympic loaded coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. All three boats are Canadian flagged. It will be a good couple days for Midwest Energy. After the Canadian Olympic departed, probably late last night, the Indiana Harbor was set to move in next, and the Canadian Transport, American Integrity and the American Century, the last two thousand footers, should all be loading coal at Midwest Energy. The American Century, at the end of the line, may be at anchor while it waits for the dock to open up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2009

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth harbor

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Yesterday, 9 boats came under the Lift Bridge. Since 1996, the biggest traffic day was September 19th, 1996 when 11 boats came under the Bridge. Eleven other days during that time, ten boats came under the Bridge. The Canadian Olympic tried to help yesterday by coming under the Lift Bridge twice, first around 1 pm (above) to get fuel. It then went back under the bridge to wait at the anchorage for its turn to load coal at Midwest Energy. It likely came in before midnight to make 10 trips under the bridge by 9 boats yesterday. Wes Harkins brought me a memo he wrote in 1949 when someone asked how many ships went under the Lift Bridge. He reported in the memo that between 9 am on June 4th and 9 am on June 6th in 1949, 55 boats came in under the bridge (47 went out under the bridge during the same time span). That would be 27 coming in each day, a bit more than the nine we had yesterday, or even the 11 on September 19th, 1996. Photo taken on October 15,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2008

Canadian Olympic meets the dredge

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Before moving next door to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal yesterday, the Canadian Olympic discharged limestone at the Hallett #8 Dock (above). You can see the Olympic’s self-unloader hanging just above the pile of limestone as its conveyor system moved the limestone from the boat’s cargo holds up and onto the pile. The other thing sticking up in the air, just left of middle, is the crane from the Marine Tech dredge. They were doing maintenance work just beyond Midwest Energy in an area where the high traffic at Midwest kicks up material from the bottom of the river. It can block the channel if not periodically dredged.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2008

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth canal

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Shipping in the port of Duluth Superior did not stop to celebrate the New Year. A procession of boats came across Lake Superior on the way to the Twin Ports. Through the day, the Edwin H. Gott was at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for Two Harbors as the procession to Duluth continued. Above, you see the Canadian Olympic arriving just after noon on Tuesday with the Gott, visible over the bow of the boat, at anchor watching the parade. Photo taken on January 01, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2008

Canadian Olympic nears Aerial Lift Bridge

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The 730-foot Canadian Olympic should be departing the Twin Ports around 8 am this morning, assuming it came in as expected very early this morning. It will be taking 30,000 tons of coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. This is only the 4th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Last year, it made 16 trips. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. That was the source of the new boat’s name. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in December, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2007

Canadian Olympic here for coal

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The American Integrity arrived Duluth on Wednesday morning to load coal for the Cleveland Cliffs power plant in Silver Bay. It should have departed late last night. It is expected back here today to load coal for the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan, its usual destination. The James R. Barker also arrived yesterday to load coal. It will take that cargo a little further up the North Shore, discharging at the Minnesota Power plant in Taconite Harbor. It will stay on Lake Superior a little longer than the American Integrity, coming back here to load coal for We-Energies Presque Isle power plant at Marquette. The 730-foot Canadian Olympic should be slipping in to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior between the two 1,000-footers to get a cargo of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, it is coming into Duluth to load coal on January 11th of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/5/2007