… more waiting

Canadian Transport and Nogat at anchor off the Duluth piers
The Polish owned Nogat (left) was joined by the Canadian Transport last night (May 3, 2011) at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Canadian Transport came in this morning at 2:59 to load iron ore pellets, replacing the Canadian Olympic. She finished at the CN dock and departed under the Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning at 5:24. The CSL Tadoussac has replaced the Transport at anchor. Algoma Central recently purchased both the Transport and the Olympic. They will soon be called the Algoma Transport and the Algoma Olympic.

The Canadian Olympic knows how to make an entrance!

7:10 am on Friday, April 8, 2011

And the lineup continues

The Adam E. Cornelius was expected to arrive early this morning to load wheat at Harvest States. All the other traffic today will load coal. Last night two Canadian boats were waiting in the harbor for the Atlantic Erie to complete loading coal. The Canadian Olympic came under the lift bridge (above) at 6 pm to line up just behind the Atlantic Erie while the Canadian Progress was in line at the inner anchorage. The American Integrity was waiting at the outer anchorage and the James R. Barker was headed for the anchorage from Taconite Harbor. The American Century was out in the lake behind the Barker. One other Canadian, the Algosoo, was expected earlier this morning to join the line somewhere. Photo taken on June 03, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2009

Canadian Olympic sneaks in line for coal

Coal is king again with four thousand footers here to take it away. The American Century came in yesterday to load coal for the Consumers Energy power plant in Essexville, Michigan and probably left early this morning. Shortly after that, the Paul R. Tregurtha was expected in to load coal for We-Energies in Marquette. Before the James R. Barker arrives to load coal for Detroit Edison, the 730-foot Canadian Olympic will slip in and load for Ontario Power Generation in Thunder Bay. Photo taken on October 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2009

Canadian Olympic here to load coal

After a short time waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Canadian Olympic came in to load coal on Thursday afternoon (above). Like the Capt. Henry Jackman and the John B. Aird before it, the Olympic loaded coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. All three boats are Canadian flagged. It will be a good couple days for Midwest Energy. After the Canadian Olympic departed, probably late last night, the Indiana Harbor was set to move in next, and the Canadian Transport, American Integrity and the American Century, the last two thousand footers, should all be loading coal at Midwest Energy. The American Century, at the end of the line, may be at anchor while it waits for the dock to open up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2009

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth harbor

Yesterday, 9 boats came under the Lift Bridge. Since 1996, the biggest traffic day was September 19th, 1996 when 11 boats came under the Bridge. Eleven other days during that time, ten boats came under the Bridge. The Canadian Olympic tried to help yesterday by coming under the Lift Bridge twice, first around 1 pm (above) to get fuel. It then went back under the bridge to wait at the anchorage for its turn to load coal at Midwest Energy. It likely came in before midnight to make 10 trips under the bridge by 9 boats yesterday. Wes Harkins brought me a memo he wrote in 1949 when someone asked how many ships went under the Lift Bridge. He reported in the memo that between 9 am on June 4th and 9 am on June 6th in 1949, 55 boats came in under the bridge (47 went out under the bridge during the same time span). That would be 27 coming in each day, a bit more than the nine we had yesterday, or even the 11 on September 19th, 1996. Photo taken on October 15,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2008

Canadian Olympic meets the dredge

Before moving next door to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal yesterday, the Canadian Olympic discharged limestone at the Hallett #8 Dock (above). You can see the Olympic’s self-unloader hanging just above the pile of limestone as its conveyor system moved the limestone from the boat’s cargo holds up and onto the pile. The other thing sticking up in the air, just left of middle, is the crane from the Marine Tech dredge. They were doing maintenance work just beyond Midwest Energy in an area where the high traffic at Midwest kicks up material from the bottom of the river. It can block the channel if not periodically dredged.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2008