Federal Yukon here to load grain for Italy

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The Federal Yukon arrived off the Duluth piers Saturday night, June 4th, 2011 and dropped anchor to wait for morning before coming in. At 7 Sunday morning, she came under the Lift Bridge and was escorted to her dock at CHS in Superior by 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs (above). This is her 8th trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2000. She is loading a cargo of wheat for Italy, a country often visited by ships that load wheat here. And yes, the kind of wheat they load here is used to make Italian pasta there.
In July, 2006, she was only the second foreign flagged vessel to load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. She delivered the pellets to a Mittal Steel plant in Algeria. Mittal also has a financial interest in Hibbing Taconite up on the Iron Range, the source for the pellets.

Federal Yukon will take wheat to Italy

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The Federal Yukon arrived in Duluth late Thursday afternoon (above) and went over to the CHS grain terminal in Superior to load durum wheat for the port of Bari, on the east coast of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. The ship loaded general cargo in Brazil that it unloaded at Hamilton, Ontario before coming to Duluth in ballast (empty). It is named after the Yukon River in Canada, has an all Indian crew and flies the flag of Hong Kong. Photo taken on November 08, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2007