Trader replaces McCarthy at CN

The Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth Friday evening at 6:15 with limestone she discharged at the Graymont Superior Lime dock in Superior. She then went to the Duluth harbor anchorage to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. She arrived Duluth on Friday morning and was loading iron ore pellets for Zug Island, Michigan at the CN dock.
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This morning (May 14, 2016), around 7 am, we see the McCarthy moving down the Duluth harbor to leave via the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for Zug Island while the Trader is on her way to take the place of the McCarthy loading iron ore pellets at CN.
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New Great Lakes Trader page

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Tug/barge/icebreaker

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Tug barges are interesting vessel(s). The Great Lakes Trader (barge) and the Joyce L. VanEnkevort (tug) were loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth on Thursday (January 2, 2014). Click the image for a larger version. Ice was an obvious problem but a tug/barge has a unique tool for breaking it up: the tug. Here the tug (right) had unleashed herself from the barge and was out shoveling the driveway while the dock was loading iron ore pellets into the Great Lakes Trader cargo holds. The tug later moved out into the river to clear a space for the vessel to back away from the slip and make the turn in the river so she could depart. Turning is a much bigger problem in an icy river than cruising down (or up) the river and needs more space.That done the tug returned to reconnect to the barge and they departed the slip together, using the newly created space in the river to make the turn. High winds on Lake Superior delayed her departure after she cleared the Duluth ship canal so she dropped anchor off the Duluth piers to wait.American Steamship has called in their vessels for the season but other shipping companies are continuing operations, if more slowly than usual. The Coast Guard has many vessels below the Soo working to keep the shipping lanes open on the St. Mary’s River, the St. Clair River and the often troubling Rock Cut.
In this article in UpNorthLive on January 2, 2014, the Coast Guard reports that Coast Guard crews have been doing their best to keep this multi-billion dollar shipping industry moving.
Capt. Steve Teschendorf is now Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie Commander. He is remembered here as the last captain on the Sundew and the first captain on the Alder. In the article, he is quoted as saying, "It’s (the ice) caused some delays, but we have not had any of what we call a waterway closure at this point, so things of been slowed but they are moving." He reported that ships are noticing delayed travel times and if they plan on making it through the locks they need to do so by January 15th. That’s when the locks close for the season until March.
Ken Gerasimos, Key Lakes/ Great Lakes Fleet, took this picture of the disengaged pair on Thursday.

Lined up to load pellets

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The Hon. James L. Oberstar came in to port early morning on Friday, September 20, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen here, in back, entering the Duluth harbor on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior with her cargo of pellets. Meanwhile, the Great Lakes Trader (unseen here) moved in to load iron ore pellets at the CN.  The Thunder Bay, in front of the Oberstar, had just arrived to load pellets. After the Great Lakes Trader departed with her pellets early Saturday morning, the Thunder Bay moved into the busy dock to collect her share.

Great Lakes Trader here for iron ore pellets

The Great Lakes Trader came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon, April 23, 2013. She is here to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth
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Great Lakes Trader makes it in while the sun still shines

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The Great Lakes Trader made her first trip to the Twin Ports in September, 2000 and has been to the Twin Ports 127 times since. Today (November 29, 2011) is her 12th visit this season. On this trip, she brought in limestone to discharge before leaving to load iron ore pellets in Silver Bay. Often when in the Twin Ports, after the vessel is tied up at a dock, the tug will disengage from the barge and go over to the Murphy Fuel Dock to load fuel, a distinct advantage over the other one piece boats than can only do one thing at a time.

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

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The tug/barge Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth on Sunday, October 30th, 2011. Click below to listen to her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.