More salt for Duluth

The Algoma Enterprise has been discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock for the last two days; she is expected to complete the discharge later this evening. In the old days, until about 2008, the Algoma Enterprise, then the Canadian Enterprise, loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and carried it to the Ontario Power Generator in Nanticoke, Ontario. She and her sister boat, now the Algoma Transport, then the Canadian Transport, averaged around 25 trips a year on that route. Trading routes can change as often as a boat’s name; in this case, the Nanticoke plant began using nuclear power to generate electricity. Since 2009, we see the Algoma Enterprise only about 5 times a year.

… more waiting

Canadian Transport and Nogat at anchor off the Duluth piers
The Polish owned Nogat (left) was joined by the Canadian Transport last night (May 3, 2011) at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Canadian Transport came in this morning at 2:59 to load iron ore pellets, replacing the Canadian Olympic. She finished at the CN dock and departed under the Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning at 5:24. The CSL Tadoussac has replaced the Transport at anchor. Algoma Central recently purchased both the Transport and the Olympic. They will soon be called the Algoma Transport and the Algoma Olympic.

Canadian Transport amid many visitors

Blue skies, birds and babies greeted the Canadian Transport when it came into port on Sunday afternoon (above). Last year, it averaged 9.6 hours in port over the 19 trips it made to the Twin Ports. It takes a little under an hour to get from the bridge to the coal dock each way, so it averaged about 7½ hours at the loading dock. It is actually a little less than that since it took on fuel on some of those trips and probably had to wait for the dock on others. The shortest time in port last year was 7.7 hours; the longest was 17.2 hours. Photo taken on May 17, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-18-2009

Getting greener by the day

The Canadian Transport came into Duluth late Sunday afternoon on May 17th, 2008. She is here to load 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.

Canadian Transport arrives in snow for coal

Saturday afternoon, the Canadian Transport came into port to load coal (above). After waiting a couple hours for the Mesabi Miner to finish loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources, it moved in to replace the Miner at the coal dock. For the Miner, this was its 50th trip to the Twin Ports this season; it is only the 18th for the Transport. The Miner, a thousand footer, loaded 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, on the south shore of Lake Superior. The Transport, at 730 feet, loaded 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken on December 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2008