Seldom seen Algorail, seen!

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The Canadian flagged Algorail departed with iron ore pellets today (October 28, 2012) after her second trip here of the season. She was here once last year, no trips in 2010 and 2 in 2009.

Algorail here on 4th trip this season

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The Algorail will be here today for the 4th time this season. Before this year, the Canadian flagged laker had been here only 10 times since 1996. It will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources as it has on the 3 other trips this year. It will take the cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, the destination for most, if not all, of the Canadian freighters that load coal here. The Algorail is only 640 feet long, shorter by 100 feet than most of the Canadian boats that come here. While it carries less cargo, it is able to visit many smaller ports and navigate rivers that the other larger boats can’t do. Above, the Algorail is departing the port in July, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2008

Algorail departing Twin Ports

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The Algorail will be loading taconite at the BN dock in Superior today. It has not been here since it departed Duluth in July, 2001 (above). The bright red Federal Yoshino has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for a couple days and should have come in to load wheat for Spain by now. Two boats bringing cement will be in port today. The Alpena has been here discharging cement and may depart later in the day; the Quebecois is expected with more cement this evening. The BBC Mississippi has been in port through the weekend and will start loading grain this morning. It may be departing this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2007