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 pellets from the CN dock once.
She is most of the former Louis R Desmarais. In the winter of 2000-01, she had a brand new hull attached to the engine room of the Desmarais and received a new, state-of-the-art self-unloading system, and a new name. CSL stands for her owner’s name, Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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. Matson is riding Maggie and Peterson is on Jimmy.

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:

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 while the Canadian Transport will go to its usual port, Nanticoke, Ontario. The wait for the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources may cause some of the boats to drop anchor off the Duluth piers.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2009

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 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). Above, the boat enters the Duluth harbor in March, 2007. Photo taken on March 23, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-06-2008