BBC France taking on cargo

On Friday morning, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company loaded the last cargo of the year from the Port Terminal into a salt water ship. The Port’s two gantry cranes slowly lowered an electrical module into the hold of the BBC France (above). That done, workers secured the cargo, closed up the hold and waited for a relief captain to come aboard. He arrived in the early afternoon and took his ship under the Lift Bridge around 2:30 pm. With the good weather, he should have no trouble getting out of the St. Lawrence Seaway system before it closes for the winter. They will head over to Iceland to discharge their cargo. The last salt water ship of the year, the Federal Margaree, was set to depart late last night with a cargo of grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2006

BBC France nearing Aerial Lift Bridge

The BBC France was set to arrive last night around midnight. This morning at 8 am, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company will begin loading one very heavy prefabricated electrical module onto the ship. The ship will depart Duluth later today to take the module to Iceland where it will be used in an aluminum smelter operation being built there by Alcoa. Several other ships have taken the same cargo to Iceland this season. Leaving the port today also will be the Goldeneye, its cargo holds filled with bentonite for Poland. That should leave one more salt water ship this season. That would be the Federal Margaree, due here today to load grain. Above, the BBC France departs Duluth in early July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-15-2006