Mustang pellets on the way to Indiana

Above, on Friday evening, June 2, 2017, the Isolda was still loading grain at Riverland Ag, above lower center and the James R. Barker  had arrived, around 4 pm in the afternoon and was getting fuel at Calumet (top, right). When she completed that, she went over to CN Duluth (below) to load the first cargo of Mustang pellets to come down from the iron range on its way to ArcelorMittal’s blast furnace No. 7 in Indiana Harbor. See story below or here. To celebrate the occasion, Interlake hung a banner (below) on the Barker’s self unloader (one on each side) so every one could celebrate the big event as they make the trip from Duluth to Indiana Harbor. In the pictures below, they had not yet started to load the pellets but they soon did and she is expected to leave sometime Saturday afternoon.

Discharging cement and loading grain

The Algoma Montrealais arrived Duluth early this morning to discharge a cargo of cement at the Holcim dock in Duluth. Holly Jorgenson took the picture above while the freighter was at the cement dock; she also took the picture of the Isadora below while the boat was loading grain at the CHS 2 dock in Superior. This is the 18th visit the Polish owned Isadora has made to Duluth since she was built in 1999. This is the 82nd visit for the Montrealais since 1996; she of course made many more here from when she was built in 1962 to 1996; I just wasn’t here for them.

A balloon, a boat and a bridge

The Isadora is at anchor waiting to come in to load grain at CHS. The bridge is the bridge. And the balloon may or may not rise to the occasion.

Isadora strategy session

The Isadora went under the Lift Bridge on Friday night at 8:39. An hour earlier, there was a meeting in Isadora captain Zdzislaw Iwanowski’s office on the ship (above) to complete all the paper work involved with loading the ship’s cargo holds with wheat and sending it off to, in this case, Barcelona. From the left, Chuck Hilleren from Guthrie-Hubner, the ship’s agent, Chuck Ilenda, from Ceres, the stevedore for the job, and Captain Sencer Under from the National Cargo Bureau joined the Captain to tie up the salt water shipping in the port for the year. Photo taken on December 14, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2007

Isadora departing Twin Ports

The Isadora came into port on Thursday evening to load grain at AGP in Duluth. It is the 158th salt water vessel to come to the Twin Ports this shipping season. This is the ship’s 12th trip to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1999. It first came here in November 2000. It made 4 trips in 2000 and then visited only once in each year since although this is the second visit this season. The Isadora should be departing later today depending upon weather. Above, it is departing Duluth in June, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-14-2007

Isadora coming in from anchor

Only two boats should be going under the Lift Bridge today, both probably doing it tonight. The Polish flagged Isadora is expected to depart for Italy with a cargo of wheat and the American Mariner will be here to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That cargo will go to Indiana Harbor. Above, the Isadora is turning into the ship canal on Thursday afternoon after a short stay in the outer anchorage off the Duluth piers. That explains the odd angle; it was coming from its position at anchor and not straight in from the Lake.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2006