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