Gantry cranes at work

The Beluga Formation discharged wind turbine tower base units at the Port Terminal Saturday. Above, both cranes (the #2 is visible) have lifted the unit out of the ship’s hold and are moving it to a waiting truck. They were loaded in Spain and are going to the Tatanka wind farm in North Dakota. The Marlene Green was expected in port very early this morning with wind turbine tower sections (4 to each tower) loaded in Indonesia and going to Minnesota Power’s wind energy generation facility being built near U. S. Steel’s Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron. Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal will be discharging both ships today, starting at 7 am. Photo taken on November 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2007

Beluga Formation brings towers

The Beluga Formation returned to Duluth on Friday afternoon (above), bringing another load of wind turbine parts from Spain. She brought a similar cargo here on October 1st. This load has 124 pieces, some vary large, as the ones on the deck of the ship above indicate. They are base units, or the towers that hold the wind turbines high. Each base is made of 3 base units. There are no blades on this ship, but there are pieces for 13 wind turbines. Longshoremen and operating engineers (crane operators) and others will be at the Port Terminal at 7 this morning to begin discharging the cargo. Photo taken on November 16, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2007

Beluga Formation and cranes

At 6:30 Tuesday morning, longshoremen were already getting their cranes in position at the Port Terminal for the day’s work (above), completing the discharge of wind turbine parts from the Beluga Formation. They were hoping to complete that job by 11 last night. Yesterday was thousand footer day. You will have to get up early today to see one in the Twin Ports. The American Integrity arrived last night around 7 pm and should be departing before the sun comes up. You have to go to Two Harbors today if you want to see a thousand footer although a trip to Silver Bay will allow you to see the American Integrity. It is taking the coal it loaded earlier this morning up there and is expected back from that short trip on Friday to load more coal, this time for Detroit Edison. Three salt water vessels will be arriving to join the Beluga Formation today. Only the Great Lakes Trader will fly a US flag into port today; no Canadians are expected. Photo taken on October 03, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2007

Beluga Formation unloads to truck

Today is a busy day in the port with a nice variety of boats and cargos. Three thousand footers will be here loading coal, one for Detroit Edison, one for Ontario Power Generation and one for Silver Bay Power. One salt water vessel will depart with grain and one will be arriving. The 730 foot Canadian Progress will be here to load coal. The Beluga Formation has been in port discharging wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal. Above, on Tuesday morning, the port’s two gantry cranes are slowly moving a base section from the ship’s cargo hold to a waiting truck. The base unit will eventually be taken by truck to a wind farm in North Dakota. Photo taken on October 02, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-03-2007