2 boats full of durum wheat please

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The Federal Yukon arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on May 4, 2017 and is now loading durum wheat from North Dakota at CHS. She should complete that this evening and depart soon thereafter. The Federal Kumano arrived off the Duluth ship canal last night and is at anchor (above) waiting for the Federal Yukon to complete. The world’s grain trade is very complicated but these two ships make it a little easier to comprehend. Thcouscousey are both here to load durum wheat from North Dakota for Algeria and they are both supplying wheat to fill one order made by a customer. After that, it gets complicated. A middleman, I am told that someone works in London, was tasked to arrange for the delivery of that amount of wheat to the Algerian customer. If the particular grade of wheat comes only from North Dakota, then this person’s job is simplified. Find ships that have the cargo space to carry that order; then find ships that can get to Duluth or perhaps ships that will be in Duluth, say to discharge wind turbine equipment and are looking for a cargo to pick up in Duluth. However it was arranged, these two ships here now are able to load the full order and deliver it to Algeria where it is used to make couscous, a dish made with semolina, created after the durum wheat is milled. The round white balls in the picture are the semolina. And as in the picture, the dish often includes a variety of other ingredients including lamb, beef and vegetables. It is a staple on tables throughout Northern Africa. I decided to stop here, rather than sharing the history of couscous and some great recipes using couscous.

Federal Kumano finally departs, in a fog

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After more than a month at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Kumano finally came in on May 29th to load durum wheat for Algeria. She finished on the 30th but was stopped from departing by a thick fog. She waited in the inside anchorage until Friday around noon when a short break in the fog appeared.

Finally

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The Federal Kumano arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 6:41.