Tug barge brings cement to Duluth

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The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity into the Duluth harbor on Friday morning, August 1, 2014. Owned by Lafarge North America, they  brought cement to the company’s cement dock in Superior. This is the tug/barge’s first trip here this season; they were last here in 2012 when they made 3 trips to Duluth Superior.The Integrity was built in 1996 and was here twice that year and twice in 2006. The Ostrander was built in 1976 in New Orleans.The Alpena more often brings cement into their dock. The Alpena has been here 5 times this season; last year she was here 12 times.

Ostrander and Integrity arrive Duluth

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The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity through a rainy, even cold, Duluth ship canal on Saturday morning (pictured). One family and a photographer were the only people in sight. More should be there this afternoon when the same combination departs. It has replaced the Alpena as the Lafarge vessel to deliver cement to the Twin Ports. The Alpena is in temporary dry dock in Alpena, Michigan, waiting one supposes for the economy, particularly the construction industry, to improve. The port does have a lot of integrity today. Along with the barge Integrity, the American Integrity will be here to load coal. Photo taken on June 27, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2009

G.L. Ostrander exits Duluth with Integrity

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On Sunday morning, the tug G.L. Ostrander arrived in Duluth pushing the barge Integrity that was loaded with a cargo of cement. On Monday afternoon, the pair departed the Twin Ports by way of a very windy Duluth ship canal (above). There was a line for the coal dock on Monday that will probably last through today. Both the Canadian Progress and Canadian Olympic were at anchor waiting on the Paul R. Tregurtha on Monday. Both likely came in, loaded coal and departed by first light today. That left the coal dock for the Indiana Harbor unless the American Mariner, expected last night with limestone, discharged that cargo and got over to the coal dock first.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2009

G.L. Ostrander enters Duluth with Integrity

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For many years, the Alpena has been used by Lafarge North America to bring cement to the Twin Ports, averaging about 15 trips a year. It has not been back since its first trip here this season at the end of March. Shortly after that, it was placed in temporary layup. On Sunday, the tug G.L. Ostrander arrived in Duluth with the barge Integrity loaded with cement (above). It is the first cement delivery from Lafarge since that last trip by the Alpena. The tug barge combination is owned and operated by Lafarge. The Integrity was built in 1996 and was here twice that year and twice in 2006. This is its 5th trip to the Twin Ports. Tug/barge combinations are less expensive to operate than Great Lakes freighters due in part to lower manpower requirements. That may be one reason why Lafarge switched vessels in a year when the construction industry is not doing well. Photo taken on May 24, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-25-2009