Same ship: different names and cargos

2017-0706-3462The HR Constellation came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (July 6, 2017) about 11 o’clock and went over to the Hallett #5 dock (at right) to load bentonite. This is the first trip for this ship under this name; she was here twice in 2007 when she was the Beluga Constitution, once in July, 2007 when she discharged wind turbine base units from Spain and after that, loaded wind turbine blades built in the United States and took them to Spain.
The next month they were back to discharge wind turbine blades before loading peas for Dunkirk, England. All the pictures below were taken during her first visit
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Above and below, she is tied up at the dock and was getting ready to discharge the base units.
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Above, the first to be discharged were pieces on the weather deck (above). Below, the last to go were down on the lower portion of the hold.
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The ship has an unusual covering over the bow, sometimes called a hurricane bow. Inside the cover, it looks like a normal bow. Portals on the side provided a nice look at downtown Duluth and the Aerial Lift Bridge below.
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The Beluga Constitution comes with its own maritime school. located on the ‘X’ deck of the boat. That deck has 4 two person rooms and a classroom (below).
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There ware 6 students, called cadets while on board. All from Germany, they are front row, from the left: Benjamin Zerhusen (21), Bremen, Henryk Tinius (24), Berlin, Marlene Eberl (21), Hannover and Jennifer Witt (20), Geesthacht. Back row, from left: Marius Thomas (30), Bad Bertrich, training officer (the teacher). Seated, Johannes Brydda (21), Stralsund and Ole Piehl (23), Brunsbüttel.
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In the galley of the Beluga Constitution during the visit, first mate Marko Milicevic, from Croatia, on the right, was reviewing the day’s work with Captain Andrzej Kocmiel, from Poland. The first mate traditionally overseas the discharge of cargo from the ship. Here, he was preparing to depart for an evening in Duluth while the Captain watched over the discharge. Earlier in the day, the captain, some members of the crew and the 6 cadets took some time off and went sightseeing in Canal Park, Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock. Now it was the first mate’s turn.
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Above, the Captain confers with lead stevedore Zoran Pedisic belore loading the wind turbine blades into the ship’s cargo holds. Loading the ship is much more complicated than discharging it and takes more cooperation between the ship and local stevedores.
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Above, the first wind turbine blade is lowered into a cargo hold. Below, the below deck cargo holds were now filled with the blades; the last one were welded onto the weather deck when the ship was about ready to depart.
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The blades were loading onto trucks, one to a truck, and taken to a lay down area a short distance away.
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With the blades on board, it was time to leave. Agent Scott Hilleren (left) was on board to take care of all the paper work involved when shipping cargo from one side of the world to the other. Captain Andrzej Kocmiel (right) checks over last minute details, about 2 hours before they plan to depart.

Beluga Constitution captain oversees work

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On Sunday afternoon, all the wind turbine parts that Captain Andrzej Kocmiel brought with him on the Beluga Constitution from Spain had been discharged. His cargo holds were empty. On Monday morning he would take his ship to the AGP grain elevator next door to the Port Terminal where he will load peas for Dunkirk, France. Above, he is looking into the cargo hold of his ship on Sunday, watching closely as his crew cleaned the holds and rearranged the panels while converting his ship from a heavy lift equipment ship to a grain ship. He expects to depart Duluth for France this evening and is hoping he gets to the Lift Bridge before everyone goes home. Photo taken on September 2, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-03-2007

Beluga Constitution under the crane

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Above, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company spent a long Saturday at the Port Terminal discharging wind turbine parts brought here from Spain by the Beluga Constitution (above). That ship was here about 6 weeks ago with the same cargo. On that trip, after discharging its cargo, it loaded wind turbine parts from North Dakota and took them back to Spain, a highly unusual chain of events. Today, the ship will be acting more like normal, moving over to the AGP elevator next door to load grain on Monday to take to Dunkirk, France, a city just across the English Channel from Great Britain. Photo taken on September 01, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2007

Beluga Constitution greeted by friends

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The Beluga Constitution returned to Duluth yesterday (above) with the same cargo it brought here when it was here in July; wind turbine parts built in Spain and destined for a wind turbine farm in North Dakota. The Constitution was part of a big traffic day on Thursday, much of it coming in. That means today will be a high traffic day going out. Three salt water ships operated by Fednav in Montreal are in port and all three are expected to depart today. They are distinguished by their very red color. The BBC Finland is expected in today. It had three names before it ever got out of the shipyard, the last one being BBC Finland. Most BBC ships are owned by a company in Germany. This one is owned by a company in Italy and flies an Italian flag. If that isn’t enough, the Socrates will be here today, although it is now called the Ypermachos. There is even a boat in port today that will be loading coal and one loading taconite. Photo taken on August 30, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2007

Beluga Constitution students

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The Beluga Group, located in Bremen, Germany, owns and operates the Beluga Constitution, a ship in town to discharge wind turbine parts and then also load them. The ship has a school on board. Six students, called cadets while they are on the ship, live in four two person cabins on the ‘X’ deck, which also has a fully equipped classroom. They are students at the Maritime Campus at Elsfleth, part of a public private partnership between Beluga Group, Lower Saxony and the city of Elsfleth. Above, they were in the classroom on Sunday learning about the use of the anchor. All from Germany, they are front row, from the left: Benjamin Zerhusen (21), Bremen, Henryk Tinius (24), Berlin, Marlene Eberl (21), Hannover and Jennifer Witt (20), Geesthacht. Back row, from left: standing, Marius Thomas (30), Bad Bertrich, training officer (the teacher). Seated, Johannes Brydda (21), Stralsund and Ole Piehl (23), Brunsbüttel. Other members of the crew live in Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia and Russia. Captain Andrzej Kocmiel, the cadets and several other crew members went up to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock on Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2007