Four ships on their way to the Twin Ports

federalwelland210922-206It has been and probably will be a slow year for shipping in the Twin Ports, and in most ports around the world. We have yet to see a salt water ship this season, but we are about to see 4 of them, all of course coming full steam to win the first ship of the year contest. (Actually the person who guesses what time the first one arrives wins the prize.) The winning ship gets to be greeted by an assortment of port people who will present them with all kinds of good stuff and who will, it is hoped, be ablesabrina270613-1-015 to enjoy some exotic refreshment from the ship’s galley.  The Federal Welland is seen above left, at the AGP elevator in September, 2001. The Welland is the favorite to win now (Friday evening). The Sabrina is seen at right approaching the Duluth ship canal in June, 2007. The Medemborg (below) is also expected on Sunday; she will be loading beet pulp pellets. The Federal Schelde will not be here until Monday. She will be loading iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior.


Federal Schelde will load chromium ore

The Federal Schelde came into port very early on Tuesday morning to discharge steel coils (above). It then moved to the Hallett Dock in West Duluth to load chromium ore brought here by train from a stockpile created in World War II near Columbus, Montana. The ship will carry the cargo to Sweden where it is used in the making of steel. This is the third shipment of chromium ore to come through the Hallett Dock this year. Three more are anticipated next year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2004

Federal Schelde flies West Indies flag

The Federal Schelde will be making its second visit of the season today, bringing in a cargo of steel coils. On the first visit, it loaded wheat for Antwerp, Belgium. It was built in 1997 and is 656 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2004

Federal Schelde loads wheat

The Federal Schelde has been loading wheat in Duluth since it came into port on Wednesday afternoon. It should leave this afternoon for Antwerp, Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/23/2004