|The Port Authority organizes a party, usually in early April, when the first salt water vessel comes to town. I went to the welcome the Federal Hunter to the Twin ports party today (April 1, 2013) to show a little of what being on a ship like the Federal Hunter is like. It is about 15 minutes and is a little silly. It is a hand held camera view of the affair. Go with me as I walk to the top of the ship, go along as i walk from stern to bow. Enjoy the good parts of the ceremonies, including the announcement of the winner of the Visit Duluth first ship contest. And watch us eat some of the delicious food served by the ships ‘Food and beverage’ staff.|
|The Federal Hunter arrived a week earlier than any other salt water ship in recent memory but that did not stop the ship from hosting a party outside (April 1, 2013). You can tell the members of the Indian crew; they are in short sleeves. We locals were still dressed for winter.|
|The Federal Hunter will make her 10th trip to the Twin Ports today (March 29, 2013) or tomorrow, marking the earliest date in a new season a salt water vessel has arrived in the Twin Ports. She will break the record the LT Argosy set when she arrived here on April 1, 1995.
The Federal Hunter started this trip in Rostock, Germany, where she loaded 27,500 tons of calcium ammonium nitrate and discharged it in Contrecoeur, Quebec. While here, she will load wheat at the CHS grain terminal in Superior and then go to Thunder Bay to load Canadian spring wheat. Then Captain Khalil Zamindar and his 22-member crew will head back to the Atlantic Ocean to deliver their cargo of wheat to Dunkirk, France and the port of Tilbury in Great Britain.
The Federal Hunter was built in Oshima, Japan in 2001: she is 655 feet long.
|For more pages about first salt water arrivals in Duluth Superior, go here.|
|Above pictures taken when she was arriving in port June, 2004 to load grain at CHS, the same terminal she will load it on this trip. Below, she is coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in August, 2007.|
|The Federal Hunter came into the inner anchorage on Monday afternoon (left). It was making its turn up the channel while the Alpena (at the right) was waiting to depart as soon as the Federal Hunter cleared. It was a two ship lift for the bridge, a treat for the visitors at the Maritime Museum and a long wait for those in cars waiting for the two ships. A little later, the Federal Hunter came back under the bridge and went to the outer anchorage to wait for the Pintail to complete loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. Photo taken on August 20, 2007.|
|*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-21-2007|
|The Federal Hunter is a relatively new ship, built in 2001 in Japan and flying a Hong Kong flag. The ship was here once in 2001, twice in 2002 and once last year. It will load grain while here.|
|*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2004|