Federal Hudson taking wheat out

The salt water ship Federal Hudson departed Duluth last night just as the sun was setting behind it (above). It loaded durum wheat here and will be taking that cargo to Canada, Port-Cartier, Quebec specifically. Salt water ships almost always get to the Atlantic Ocean when they depart Duluth, but Port-Cartier is still in the Gulf of St. Lawrence which opens into the Atlantic. Normally, Canadian lakers take grain to Port-Cartier and other ports above Montreal. The grain is then transferred to a salt water ship destined for Europe or Africa in most cases. Canadian lakers turn around and return to a Great Lakes port such as Duluth to pick up more or another cargo. The durum wheat that the Federal Hudson is discharging will be picked up later this season by two other Fednav ships to top off their holds before leaving for Europe.The Federal Hudson will likely get another cargo, probably grain, at another port nearby and probably take it to Europe. This does not happen very often and is likely due to a very busy season in the Great Lakes. Photo taken on October 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2007

Federal Hudson is big and red

The Federal St. Laurent came under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. This is the 11th trip here since it arrived on June 6, 1996 as a brand new, bright red ship. It is still red but with saltwater, locks and docks working away on it over the last 10 years, the bright is probably gone. The Federal Hudson is expected to arrive today for the 6th trip since it was built in 2000. Both are owned by the Fednav Group in Montreal. The Federal Hudson, like most Fednav ships, is also bright red. It has 9 sister ships in the fleet that are nearly identical. The Federal St. Laurent was built in China; the Hudson in Japan. Above, the Federal Hudson is seen arriving in Duluth in 2002 on its second trip to the Twin Ports , also its second trip here in that year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2007