Two salt water ships at the Port Terminal

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That’s the Asiaborg on the left, tied up at berth 2 at the Port Terminal. It has been waiting for the BBC Elbe (right) to complete discharging wind turbine pieces at berth 1. That happened late Friday afternoon when the BBC Elbe moved out of the slip on its way to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock right around the corner. It probably departed the port early this morning. The plan was for the Asiaborg to move up to the position just vacated by the BBC Elbe. Discharge of that cargo, also wind turbine pieces, began early this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2008

BBC Elbe first visit to Duluth

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After several days at anchor, the BBC Elbe came into port on Friday afternoon (above) to load grain. Built in 2006, it is making its first trip to Duluth. The ship is owned by BBC Chartering & Logistic in Leer, Germany. This year, they also brought the BBC Finland, BBC Italy, BBC Mexico, BBC Mississippi, BBC Plata and the BBC Russia to the Twin Ports. There are 7 sister ships, built almost exactly alike. The BBC Mississippi, here in early July, is one of them. Another is the BBC Weser. The Federal Weser was just here, from another company. It was named after the Weser River in the north west corner of Germany. I assume the BBC Weser is also named for the river. Photo taken on October 19, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2007