CSL Laurentian departs after 8th trip this year

The CSL Laurentien arrived here on December 28, 2016, coming through the Superior entry to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. After that she went over to Calumet for fuel and departed (above) Thursday morning, December 29, 2016 at 11:30. This was her 8th trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded at BNSF on 5 of those trips. She also loaded coal at Midwest Energy twice and took iron ore … [Read more...]

Nice day in Canal Park for a picture

  Duluth Police officers Jim Matson and Amber Peterson arrived at the Duluth ship canal this afternoon (May 24, 2016) at 3:50.  And oh yes, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien was also here at the same time. She went to the Calumet Fuel dock to get fuel after loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior. Officers Matson and Peterson went back to patrolling the streets of Duluth. … [Read more...]

Bye bye CSL Laurentien

 The video out my window was pretty dark and the ship never blew her whistle but I got this picture while the CSL Laurentien went by my window with her cargo holds filled with CN’s best iron ore pellets. Click below to hear her whistle when she departed on November 9, 2013: … [Read more...]

CSL Laurentien enters Duluth ship canal

Three US flagged thousand footers and two Canadian flagged freighters, one 730 and the other 740 feet long, will be here today to load a total of 247,000 tons of coal. No other activity is expected. US boats do take coal to Canadian ports but today, they will all go to US ports. The Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien, seen above entering the Duluth piers in 2002, will go to Belledune, New Brunswick … [Read more...]

CSL Laurentien in icy Duluth harbor

The CSL Laurentien was at anchor off the Duluth piers on Saturday, waiting for the CSL Tadoussac to complete loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That should have happened sometime Saturday evening. The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the … [Read more...]

CSL Laurentien enters shipping canal

A total of 187,000 tons of coal will be loaded into 4 boats today at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. After a brief wait at anchor after discharging salt inside the harbor, the Algolake will be the first of the 4 to depart the coal dock. That should have happened early this morning. The Indiana Harbor arrived last night and would be departing the Twin Ports sometime this AM with … [Read more...]

CSL Laurentien

The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and the name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat's owner). Like 2 of the 4 previous … [Read more...]

CSL Laurentien

The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and her name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat's owner) *submitted to the Duluth … [Read more...]

CSL Laurentien here

The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R Desmarais with a new forward hull attached to the engine room portion of the Desmarais. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/22/2004 … [Read more...]