More pellets for CSL Assiniboine

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The CSL Assiniboine was an early arrival this year when she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on March 27 to get fuel before moving over the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) to load iron ore pellets. She was back again today (above, April 11, 2017) to follow the same path. Last year and the year before, she made 11 trips here. Last year, on 10 of those trips, she loaded at BNSF, but on her last trip of the season, on January 7th, she brought in a cargo of salt she discharged at Hallett #8 before crossing the St. Louis River to load iron ore pellets at the CN Dock

Happy Sunday in Duluth

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While the MarBacan hides behind the South Pier Light, waiting to come in to load grain at Riverside Ag, the CSL Assiniboine was waiting beyond her for the Stewart J. Cort to complete loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. Meanwhile back at the Duluth piers,  visitors were waiting for the Paul R. Tregurtha to make the turn to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, on her way out with 68,000 tons of coal to deliver to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. All this about 3 pm on August 7, 2016 on a beautiful Duluth summer day.

Backwards under the Duluth Lift Bridge

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The CSL Assiniboine went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning(August 11, 2014)backwards. Such a thing is not easy to surmise from the photo above but have you ever seen the Lift Bridge down with a boat in the ship canal going forwards. Either way, check out the video above.

CSL Assiniboine enters cold ship canal

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The CSL Assiniboine likes Duluth in cold weather. It will be here today for only the 11th time this season, but the second time this month. Of 6 trips here last year, two were in January and of the 7 times it was here in 2005, two were in January. Above, it is seen knocking a few ice chips aside as it came into the Duluth ship channel on April 1st this season. Today, it will load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. The 2005 trips were the first under the current name; before a major upgrade that year, it was called the Jean Parisien and was 9 feet, 10 inches shorter. Photo taken on April 01,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-09-2008

CSL Assiniboine loading coal at BN

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Coal is still the big cargo. There is not as much back up as yesterday to get to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior, but it will still be busy over there. The James R. Barker came in yesterday from the anchorage and will probably leave sometime this morning for Detroit Edison. The Canadian Olympic should also be leaving today with coal, going to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. The games also provided the name for the new boat. This is its 15th trip here this year. It is scheduled to be back here on January 6th for at least one more load of coal before the season closes. The CSL Assiniboine is expected to load taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Above, it is doing the same in July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2006

CSL Assiniboine

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A boat called the CSL Assiniboine arrived in the Twin Ports last July for the first time under that name. It had previously made many trips here as the Jean Parisien. It is back today for the 6th time this year, loading taconite as it did on the first trip. Early this morning, it may be at anchor waiting for a dock or coming in. It should be departing this afternoon. Hopefully, it will be dark during any of its two trips under the Lift Bridge since it is rumored to be well decorated with Christmas lights.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2006

CSL Assiniboine loads first cargo

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Half a new boat was in the Twin Ports yesterday. With a new hull, the 730 foot Jean Parisien arrived in Superior Saturday morning as the 739′ 10″  CSL Assiniboine. Taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock (above) was the first cargo loaded into the new vessel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2005