Still working at the other end …

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… of the St. Lawrence Seaway system. René Beauchamp took this photo of the Bluebill and Federal Leda on February 15, 2016 while they were anchored off Sorel-Tracy, about 50 miles from Montreal, on the St Lawrence River. Bluebill (left) has waited to go up the river to load grain at Elevator 4 in Montreal since January 23. Federal Leda (right) has a cargo of sugar and will eventually go to section 46  to unload. Her fleetmate Federal Sutton is there now. The Seaway is closed now, but will reopen on March 23. Thank you René for sharing the pictures and information with us at this end.

Federal Leda: First saltwater ship of 2011

Arrived: April 11, 2011 at 7:10 am
The Cyprus-flagged Federal Leda was the first saltwater ship of the 2011 season, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:10 am on April 11, 2011. With an assist from two local tugs (below), she went over to CHS in Superior to load durum wheat.
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The winner of the First Ship contest missed the exact arrival time by only 49 seconds. The Federal Leda began her voyage in Constanza, Romania. On her way here, she first stopped in Windsor, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie to discharge steel. She loaded 21,000 tons of durum wheat here to take to Italy, stopping first in Quebec to pick up a cargo of titanium slag.
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Federal Leda destined for Europe

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Built in 2003, the Federal Leda is coming here today for the second time. It was also here last September 27th (above). It is loading peas at the AGP terminal in Duluth. They will be taking that cargo to destinations in Northern Europe. The Federal Miramichi has been at anchor for several days. It was built last year and is making its first trip here. It will likely be coming in from the anchorage sometime early this morning to load wheat for Africa.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2006

Federal Leda makes inaugural visit

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Built in 2003, the Federal Leda is here for the first time. They are loading flax and later today, should depart for ARAG. ARAG is not a new country, it is a shipping term that means Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Gent, meaning in this case, the ship will carry the flax to one of those ports. At this time, the Captain does not know. That decision will be made elsewhere and sent to him while he is under way, perhaps on the Atlantic Ocean headed for ARAG. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are cities in the Netherlands; Antwerp and Gent are in Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2005