Beluga Elegance at port terminal

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The Beluga Elegance is expected today. It is seen above discharging wind turbine equipment in 2007. Today it will be loading grain. No iron ore pellets will be loaded today or tomorrow. When steel mills close, they don’t buy iron ore pellets to feed their furnaces, so we send fewer lakers downbound with pellets. We have in the past had a lot of limestone delivered here. Much of that goes up to the Iron Range and is used in the iron ore pellet process. Less taconite coming down here means less limestone is brought into port but today, two boats are bringing limestone. It is too early to call that a trend. Photo taken on August 24, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2009

Beluga Elegance unloading

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The German owned Beluga Elegance came into port Thursday morning at 8:45 with a cargo of wind turbine base units and nacelles. A sister ship, the Beluga Expectation, brought a similar cargo here a couple weeks ago, and another sister, the Beluga Constitution, will be here next week with more wind turbine parts. All of these pieces were loaded at the Spanish port of Bilbao. The parts will be taken to the Tatanka wind farm in McPherson County in South Dakota. Photo taken on August 24, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-25-2007