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 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