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.

Great Lakes Trader departs with Joyce

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Since 2003, there have never been more than 10 arrivals at the Duluth entry in one day. Since then we have had that many arrivals in one day 7 times. We have had 9 ships arrive in one day 9 times since 2003. Today should push that number to 10. During that time, the average number of daily ship arrivals at the Duluth entry is 3.84. Included in the mix today are two tug barges, two river class boats, two thousand footers and three boats between 730 and 770 feet long. The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort should be the first to arrive and may be gone by the time the sun is up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2008

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

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The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader arrived in port on Friday afternoon (above). Here on its 10th visit of the year, it is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. It was here a total of 10 times last year. The barge, built in 2000 in Mississippi, is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. It was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. Two boats will be here today with limestone. Both will then be loading taconite. Three thousand footers will be here loading coal, the Indiana Harbor, the American Integrity and the American Century. Photo taken on September 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2007

Great Lakes Trader exits Duluth

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The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader is expected in port today with a cargo of limestone. The barge is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The barge was built in 2000 in Mississippi and the tug was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. The picture above, taken on December 11, 2005, shows the tug’s elevated pilot house that allows the captain a better view when navigating the vessel. With lake freighters and salt water ships, the captain is in the pilot house which is usually the highest point on the vessel, many decks above the main deck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2007

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

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The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader arrived yesterday afternoon (above) with a load of limestone. The barge is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The barge was built in 2000 in Mississippi and the tug was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. You can see the tug’s elevated pilot house that allows the captain better vision when navigating the vessel. The barge has a self unloader on the deck. After discharging their cargo of limestone, they will move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite for a down-bound cargo. Photo taken on May 09, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-10-2007

Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort

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Christmas Day was a light day for shipping in the Twin Ports. The John G. Munson departed Duluth around 8 am and the tug barge Great Lakes Trader arrived early afternoon (above). It came in under the Lift Bridge to get fuel before moving over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite. Both the Duluth and the Superior entry will be active today, and Two Harbors will be full with a line waiting. There may be some changes to this listing since shipping companies do not like to have their boats sitting around waiting. That does nothing but spend their money, although it will give the crew a little more time with Christmas left overs. Lobster and steak are the mainstays of most Christmas dinners on Great Lakes boats.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2006