Algoma Spirit here for wheat

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Last winter the Sandviken was sold by Viken Shipping in Bergen, Norway to Algoma Central Railway, a Canadian shipping company that sends many boats such as the Algolake and the Algonorth to the Twin Ports. The ship arrived in the Twin Ports yesterday as the Algoma Spirit. Because of a previous contract, the ship still has the same Filipino crew as it had when it was the Sandviken and it is still loading grain in Great Lakes ports for foreign destinations, in this case wheat for Spain. The contract has two more years on it; after that, it may work more within the Great Lakes, but it will give Algoma the opportunity to earn money from it on the ocean during the winter when the Great Lakes are iced in and most lakers are sitting at docks in winter layup. Photo taken on September 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2008

Sandviken enters Duluth ship canal

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The Redhead, built in China in 2005, and here for the second time this year, probably departed last night. That left the berth at AGP in Duluth available for the Zeus, which should have arrived early this morning. It has been here 7 other times, including twice in 2000, the year it was built. The BBC Russia, built in 2003, will be here for the 2nd time since then. It will be loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior, coming in after the Sandviken, there now, departs. Above, the Sandviken is coming into port in August, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2007

Sandviken in the Duluth shipping canal

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After a stop in Chicago to discharge general cargo, the Sandviken should be arriving today to load grain. The Sandviken is Norwegian owned. Viken in Norwegian means Bay. Sandviken is a location just outside Bergen, Norway, the home office of the owner, Viken Shipping. Other ships owned by them that also come to Duluth are the Daviken, Goviken, Inviken and Utviken. Above, the Sandviken enters the Duluth ship canal in August, 2001. This is the first trip here for the ship since August, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2006