Salt: in by boat, out by truck

The Algoway has only been here six times since 2003. She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon, December 17, 2016 and deposited the large pile of salt you see in the picture just below. Since then, the pile has become a gathering spot for a lot of trucks,  a Black Friday for salt trucks. I took this picture early this morning (Tuesday morning, December 20, 2016). Below that is a picture I took of the Algowood depositing a similar pile at the Duluth Salt Dock, now known as Compass Minerals, on November 18, 2015.
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The Duluth plant distributes salt for a variety of uses, including consumer deicing and water conditioning,  bulk deicing for highways and mineral blocks for livestock.
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Boats in all directions

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Looking out into Lake Superior in an early morning on a soon to be hot July 26th, 2015, visitors are out to catch a glimpse of the American Integrity coming in through the fog to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Turning around, we see the Algowood just moving away from the dock at North American Salt. She arrived at 10:54 Saturday evening and deposited the 3 large piles of salt you see in the center during the night. To the right of the salt, there is evidence of the new hotel, resort and boat watching paradise, Pier B Resort, as you can read, opening up in less than a year.
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Algowood brings wheat to Duluth

algowood20130823_192808The Canadian flagged Algowood arrived in the Twin Ports on August 23rd, 2013 with a cargo of wheat loaded in Hamilton, Ontario. After discharging the wheat at the Riverland Dock in Duluth (previously owned by Cargill), the boat picked up fuel at Calumet fuel dock and  went to the BN dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets.

These photos were taken by John Zywicki  who was working on the boat at Riverland. (Click on each photo for a larger version.)

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The Algowood, just a part of the scene

Algowood seen through the Duluth Lift Bridge while at anchor
The Algowood spent a large part of the day on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at anchor waiting to come in and load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. The Arthur M. Anderson left that dock and went under the Lift Bridge this morning (Thursday, July 7, 2011) at 7:05. The Algowood was already in the harbor, coming in at 6:16 this morning. The Mighty Thomas Carnival is still going strong and being Wednesday night, the sailboats were out racing on the lake.

Largest port (by tonnage) on the Great Lakes!

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There is a reason why I am so tired at the end of the day. I have to keep getting up from my chair to take pictures of all the ship traffic. There was quite a parade this morning. Above, the Algowood was on her way out with a load of iron ore pellets and passed the CSL Tadoussac coming in to replace her at the CN Dock in West Duluth.
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A couple minutes later, the James R. Barker was departing with a load of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She was taking that to Taconite Harbor and passed the Victoriaborg coming in to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in Duluth. As the Victoriaborg made her turn to the St. Louis River, she passed the Canadian Enterprise, loading fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock before taking a load of salt to the Hallett 8 Dock in Superior. After that, she will go to the BNSF dock in Superior to load taconite pellets and maybe then, I can get some rest.
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