Arthur M. Anderson home for the winter

The Great Lakes Fleet’s Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth for winter layup on Sunday, January 15, 2017 just after noon. This was her 22nd and last trip to Duluth this season. On most of those trips, she brought limestone in and then usually departed for Two Harbors where she loaded iron ore pellets

Vlieborg, Anderson pass in the Duluth harbor

The Vlieborg (above) arrived this morning (May 31, 2016) at 6:25 as the Arthur M. Anderson was departing, passing each other in the Duluth harbor. This is the second visit of this version of the Vlieborg; she was also here in November, 2012 (the year she was built) to load beet pulp pellets.  Notice the ladder hanging down from the deck of the Vlieborg and also her direction, as if she, like the Anderson, is departing. The Vlieborg is in the harbor for inspection by local grain officials and other port personnel. When that is complete, she may go out to the anchorage, stay where she is or go over to CHS to load grain. Today’s weather, cold, with high winds and rain, may keep her there; going out to the anchorage in this wind may not be the Captain’s first choice, and grain is not loaded when it is raining. This was the 6th visit to the Twin Ports for the Anderson this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN.

Anderson arrives for first visit in new season

The Arthur M. Anderson spent the winter layup in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She left there on Sunday morning (March 27, 2016) and arrived in Duluth at 12:15 today (March 29, 2016) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She made 19 trips to Duluth Superior last season and has averaged about 20 trips a year since 2010. She was the 9th boat to arrive Duluth Superior this season; the 6th to come under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (the other 3 arrived by way of the Superior entry).

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Icy cold in Duluth

December 9, 2013: winter in Duluth began early and hard. Ice and cold have brought the tugs out early to keep traffic moving. This morning, the Arthur M. Anderson received help from the Nels J., below, getting close to the Calumet Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal in Duluth.

Duluth on a Saturday night

Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, Duluth harbor. The Arthur M. Anderson had arrived in port at 7 am that morning with limestone to discharge at the C. Reiss terminal in West Duluth. Finished with that job, she departed Duluth at 7:38 Saturday evening (below) for the Two Harbors CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Not sure why she is pointing away from the Aerial Bridge above (possibly turning around after fueling). Behind the Anderson, we see the Joseph L. Block, arriving under the Aerial Bridge at 7 pm, on her way to discharge limestone at the CN dock in West Duluth. At the right, we see the Liberian flagged  Yulia still at the Port Terminal where she has been discharging cargo for several days.
In 2013, the Anderson has worked the limestone trade, loading in Port Dolomite and Calcite in Michigan and discharging that cargo at the Hallett dock and C. Reiss Dock in Duluth, at Buffington and Huron in Ohio and in Detroit. Her trips to Duluth with limestone are followed by loading iron ore pellets at the CN docks in Duluth or Two Harbors which she takes to either Gary or Conneaut. Then after a couple trips loading and discharging limestone in the lower lakes, she brings a load up here to discharge before loading iron ore pellets for her downbound trip.

Anderson gets bird escort

The Arthur M. Anderson came into port Tuesday afternoon at 4:15, alarming a lot of birds in the process (above). It stopped at the Port Terminal to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. to complete loading coal for Detroit Edison. That should have happened last night, leaving the dock at Midwest Energy open for the Anderson to move in to load a cargo of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. Photo taken on December 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2008

Arthur M. Anderson departing Duluth

The Kaye E. Barker has been making quick trips to Taconite Harbor. She left yesterday to take a cargo of coal to Marquette. The Arthur M. Anderson will be here today with an even quicker trip to deliver coal. After discharging a cargo of limestone, it will load about 19,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and deliver it about a mile away at the Graymont Superior plant, formerly the Cutler dock. The coal is used there to fire up kilns that make lime using limestone discharged by other boats coming up from the lower lakes. When completed, the Anderson will return to Midwest Energy to load 18,000 tons of coal for Marquette, Michigan. Photo taken on April 17, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2008

Arthur M. Anderson leaving the Twin Ports

The Arthur M. Anderson was expected to arrive last night with a cargo of limestone loaded at Cedarville, Michigan. After getting fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth, it was expected to go to the Hallett #5 dock in West Duluth to discharge the limestone and then load iron ore pellets for Gary. This is the 14th visit the Anderson has made to the Twin Ports. It bought limestone on each of those trips and usually loaded iron ore pellets, as today, for the return trip to the lower lakes. Above, it is seen departing Duluth on April 17th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2008

Arthur M. Anderson approaching Duluth ship canal

Above, the Arthur M. Anderson arrived in Duluth on Thursday morning to discharge limestone before loading iron ore pellets for Conneaut. It should be departing this morning. This afternoon, the Canadian flagged Nanticoke will be here to load coal for Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. The Nanticoke was strengthened for ocean service. In 1997, it carried ballast material to be used under an offshore drilling platform.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2008

Arthur M. Anderson with limestone from Calcite, Michigan

The Arthur M. Anderson is due in port this morning with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. Much of the limestone that is brought up from lower lakes ports is used on the Iron Range in the production of taconite pellets. The finished pellets, with the limestone inside, come down by rail to a Lake Superior port where it is loaded into boats and taken to steel mills on the lower Great Lakes. The limestone makes a round trip there but we have to wait until the taconite is fed into steel mills, steel is produced and we buy a car up here before the taconite completes its round trip. Above, the Anderson departs Duluth this past April.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2008