More salt for Duluth

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The Algoma Enterprise has been discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock for the last two days; she is expected to complete the discharge later this evening. In the old days, until about 2008, the Algoma Enterprise, then the Canadian Enterprise, loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and carried it to the Ontario Power Generator in Nanticoke, Ontario. She and her sister boat, now the Algoma Transport, then the Canadian Transport, averaged around 25 trips a year on that route. Trading routes can change as often as a boat’s name; in this case, the Nanticoke plant began using nuclear power to generate electricity. Since 2009, we see the Algoma Enterprise only about 5 times a year.

Enterprise and McCarthy pass in the morning

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On Sunday morning, September 15, 2013, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:15 and is seen here, on the right, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 64,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is her 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. The Algoma Enterprise is here for the 3rd time this year. She came in on Saturday night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen at the left passing the McCarthy in the Duluth harbor on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. When the Enterprise was the Canadian Enterprise, she was here, with her sister boat, Canadian Transport, several times a month to pick up coal at Midwest Energy. Both were built to work that route.

Largest port (by tonnage) on the Great Lakes!

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There is a reason why I am so tired at the end of the day. I have to keep getting up from my chair to take pictures of all the ship traffic. There was quite a parade this morning. Above, the Algowood was on her way out with a load of iron ore pellets and passed the CSL Tadoussac coming in to replace her at the CN Dock in West Duluth.
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A couple minutes later, the James R. Barker was departing with a load of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She was taking that to Taconite Harbor and passed the Victoriaborg coming in to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in Duluth. As the Victoriaborg made her turn to the St. Louis River, she passed the Canadian Enterprise, loading fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock before taking a load of salt to the Hallett 8 Dock in Superior. After that, she will go to the BNSF dock in Superior to load taconite pellets and maybe then, I can get some rest.
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Canadian Enterprise departs with coal

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The Canadian Enterprise and the Canadian Transport were both built in 1979 to move low sulfur, western coal from the Twin Ports to Ontario power plants in Nanticoke. Both nearly identical boats are loading coal here today. The Enterprise was expected last night and should have departed by now, leaving the dock at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior open for the Transport which is expected later today. The Enterprise is pictured above departing the port with coal last month. Photo taken on August 19, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2008

Canadian Enterprise draws a crowd

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The Canadian Enterprise came into port late Monday afternoon (above). It was to many the first day of summer. It was warm, Grandma’s was over and the Vista boats were running a full summer schedule. As above, there were a lot of people looking at the boats and the bridge. Not so many will see the Enterprise depart earlier this morning. It will be taking about 30,000 tons of coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1979, with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport, to move low sulfur, western coal to Ontario power plants. They are still working that trade together. Today will be the 8th time the Enterprise has been here this year. The Canadian Transport has only been here 4 times his year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2008

Canadian Enterprise in Duluth for coal

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The Canadian Enterprise, pictured above coming into port in June, 2006, was expected in port late last night. As it usually does, it will load coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and then take that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. On this trip the boat is bringing a cargo of salt which they will discharge before moving over to the coal dock. The Enterprise was built in 1979 along with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport. Both boats are often at Midwest to load coal for Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2008

Canadian Enterprise Christmas

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Christmas Day was a time of waiting for shipping traffic in the Twin Ports. But that is not all bad. In fact, it is pretty good since Christmas Day on a laker means a very nice dinner. That is the Canadian Enterprise above, just to the right of the North Pier light, barely visible in the Christmas morning mist. The overcast did not stop the crew on the boat from enjoying a dinner of turkey and prime rib. Further out in the lake, on the Algolake, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and chicken Cordon Bleu were the main attraction. Abundant appetizers and desserts surrounded the plate on both boats. At 11 last night, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was set to start loading coal at Midwest Energy, there is a waiting line after that. Photo taken on December 25, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2007