We get a big hand from …

… the American Century (formerly the Columbia Star) as she came into Duluth around noon on December 29th, 2010. The hand inside the hand belongs to John Kernohan, 2nd mate on the boat (inset). They are here to load 64,000 tons of low sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Later today, she will depart to take that cargo to Silver Bay.

American Century ready to depart Duluth

The American Century came under the Lift Bridge at 4:03 Sunday morning to load coal. It left under the Lift Bridge with coal at 5:15 Sunday afternoon (pictured approaching the bridge on Sunday). Three more thousand footers will be here today to load coal, starting with the Indiana Harbor expected a little after midnight. It should leave late this morning, opening the coal dock for the Paul R. Tregurtha, expected to arrive around 4 this morning and then wait at the Port Terminal for the Indiana Harbor to finish. Around noon, the James R. Barker will arrive, waiting probably until late tonight to get to the coal dock. It will take a load to Taconite Harbor and be back for more on Wednesday evening. Photo taken on July 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2009

American Century departs via Duluth canal

The American Century was expected early this morning and was probably loading coal as the sun came up. It is seen above departing the port in April, last year. It should finish early this afternoon. The American Integrity is also expected today, just before noon, and should depart shortly before midnight. These two boats have followed each other since they both arrived in the Twin Ports on April 24th. Departing here with coal, one came back on May 1st and the other on May 2nd. On May 8th, they both came back and on May 14, one arrived; on May 15, the other came. Today, they are both back in the Twin Ports. Both loaded 64,000 tons of coal and both are taking it to Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. That means we will see them both back in about a week. They are both thousand footers and were both purchased from the Oglebay Norton Company by American Steamship in 2006. Aren’t you glad someone is keeping track of this for you? Photo taken on April 09, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-21-2009

American Century as her former self

The American Century and the American Integrity will both be in port today. It is the 3rd weekend in a row that both have been here together. The first two times the Century arrived first. With both loading coal, the Integrity had to wait each time. Things will change today. The Integrity is expected just before noon, the Century just after noon. But this time, the Century will be loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth, just across the St. Louis River from Midwest Energy where the Integrity will be loading coal. The photo above shows the American Century departing Duluth in 2004 when it was called the Columbia Star.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2009

American Century in her new black coat

The American Century came into port Friday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy. This is only the 2nd visit the Century has made to the Twin Ports this season. Like the first visit, last weekend, it will take the coal to Detroit Edison. Until last week, this boat had an iron ore red color when visiting, but over the winter, it was painted black and white, the colors of the new owner, American Steamship. They purchased the boat from Oglebay Norton in 2006. Photo taken on May 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2009

American Century at Port Terminal

The BBC Maine will be here later this week for the third time this season, each time bringing wind turbine parts. Even when no ships are bringing wind turbines into port, trucks have been rolling them out from the Port Authority for some time. Above, on Monday morning, a Gamesa nacelle, brought here from Spain, is about to leave for the Farmers City Wind Project near Tarkio, Missouri while behind the trailer, the American Century is getting some minor repairs. Photo taken on November 10, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2008

American Century former Columbia Star

It has been over two years since Oglebay Norton sold six vessels to American Steamship Company in Buffalo. They were the: Oglebay Norton, Columbia Star, Armco, Middletown, Courtney Burton and Fred R. White Jr. They still make regular visits. In the same order, the American Integrity was here last Wednesday, the American Century is expected today, the American Valor will be in Two Harbors today, the American Victory came in Sunday morning, the American Fortitude was here in late September and American Courage will be in Silver Bay tomorrow. Above, the Columbia Star (now the American Century) heads for the Lift Bridge on October 21st, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2008

American Century ice is nice

It almost looks like the port of Duluth Superior is holding a year end sale on coal and taconite. The sale goes all the way up to Two Harbors, at least for the taconite. Buyers of those two products know they will not be able to get more from here between the middle of January and the middle of March. The other end of the Seaway (Duluth is the western most tip of the St. Lawrence Seaway System) is closing up for the winter. Yesterday, the Saint-Lambert Lock at Montreal, the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway, closed after the Birchglen moved through it on the way to Baltimore. Back here, the American Century arrived in port last night for coal and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is seen departing Duluth on December 7th, loaded down with ice. Today, with warmer weather and quieter winds, it does not carry so much ice along for the ride. Photo taken on December 07,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2007

American Century departing Twin Ports

Yesterday was probably not the most productive day the port has had. High winds, repairs to docks and to boats slowed things down a bit. The Alpena was to have departed today but is undergoing repairs and may not depart until Thursday after discharging the usual cargo of cement. Repairs have been made at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock and the lineup to load coal there is over. The American Century was due here last night and should be about finished loading coal as the sun comes up today. It will take the coal to Silver Bay this morning, leaving the coal dock open for the Paul R. Tregurtha to move right in, assuming it arrived earlier this morning. Above, the American Century is seen departing Duluth last July. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2007

American Century takes coal

The American Century, formerly the Columbia Star, departed Duluth on Friday evening (above) for a quick trip to Silver Bay to discharge coal for North Shore Mining. As it departed, it went past the Canadian Enterprise, at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for the James R. Barker which had replaced the American Century. When the James R. Barker departed, probably earlier this morning, the Canadian Enterprise was in from the anchorage and over at Midwest Energy loading coal. After it departs sometime this morning, the American Century will be back from its trip to Silver Bay, ready to take on another load of coal, this time for its usual destination, a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2007

American Century departing Duluth

The James R. Barker will be loading coal today for Taconite Harbor, just up the North Shore. When they complete discharging that cargo there, they will return to the Twin Ports on Tuesday to load another cargo of coal for another Lake Superior port, this time Marquette on the south shore. Above, the American Century departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. Photo taken on July 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2007