Wow, Burns Harbor visits Duluth

On June 13, 2015, the Burns Harbor made a surprise (at least to me) visit to the Duluth ship canal, coming in around 5:30 in the afternoon. Most of the time, she comes in using the Superior entry since she loads iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock just inside the entry. I think she needed fuel and is at the Calumet fuel dock in Duluth. And the brand new CSL St-Laurent is at the … [Read more...]

Burns Harbor at Superior entry

If you don't watch boats at the Superior entry, you don't often see the Burns Harbor, as it almost exclusively comes to the Twin Ports to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Taconite Facility in Superior. That dock is just inside the Superior entry. The Burns Harbor will be coming to this end of Lake Superior today for the 22nd time this season. Above, it is going out into … [Read more...]

Burns Harbor at BN for taconite

Ship traffic for Duluth may be over before lunchtime today. Only four boats are set to come under the Lift Bridge today. Two of them should be gone before sunrise, while the Adam E. Cornelius may come in the Duluth entry about the same time to get fuel before going to Burlington Northern to load taconite. It will likely depart using the Superior entry. Above, the Burns Harbor … [Read more...]

Burns Harbor loads taconite

Two 1,000-footers (the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Indiana Harbor)  will be here today loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources while one (the Burns Harbor) loads taconite at Burlington Northern, and another (American Spirit) loads taconite at Two Harbors. The 730 foot Canadian Progress will also load coal, while the 770 foot St. Clair loads taconite in Superior. The 858 … [Read more...]

Burns Harbor uses Superior entry

The Burns Harbor will be here for the 43rd and last time today. That is more than most boats that visit the Twin Ports each year, but we never saw it once come under the Lift Bridge. It arrived and departed each time using the Superior entry. That is because it was loading taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, a dock that is right around the corner from the … [Read more...]

BH at BN

The Burns Harbor will be loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock today for the 30th time this season. Built in 1980, it was the 10th US flagged thousand foot boat built for Great Lakes service. The Burns Harbor set a port record in 1996 when it loaded 65,466 metric tons of iron ore at Burlington Northern. That cargo went to Burns Harbor, Indiana. Photo taken September … [Read more...]

Burns Harbor is here frequently

The Burns Harbor comes to the Twin Ports more than most boats. It made 36 trips here last year but only went under the Lift Bridge twice, arriving once and departing once. It almost exclusively enters by way of the Superior entry and quickly ties up at the Burlington Northern dock to load taconite. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats currently working the Great Lakes. Photo … [Read more...]