John B. Aird departs Duluth, January 13, 2017

The John B. Aird arrived Duluth on January 12, 2017 to discharge salt at Hallett Dock #8. She left late this morning (Friday, January 13, 2017). See all the pictures below of her departure this morning. This was her 4th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. On March 30, 2016, July 6th, 2016 and November 23, 2016, she was here to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. She was here 3 times last year and 6 the year before.
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Aird to Duluth 6 times this season

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The John B. Aird departed Duluth at 11 am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with iron ore pellets loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 6th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded iron ore pellets on each of those visits; last year, she made only 3 trips here, also loading iron ore pellets on each trip, although she brought a cargo of salt on her August 14th, 2014 trip that she discharged (at Hallett #8) before loading the pellets at Burlington Northern. All cargos but this last one were loaded at the BN.

John B. Aird coming into Duluth ship canal

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The Canadian flagged John B. Aird came into port through the Duluth ship canal late Monday afternoon (pictured). This is the 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Aird. It is loading 30,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The entire vessel was then assembled at Port Arthur Shipyards in Thunder Bay. It has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Photo taken on July 20, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2009

John B. Aird here with salt

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The John B. Aird came into port early Wednesday morning with a cargo of salt loaded in Goderich, Ontario and discharged at the Cutler-Magner salt dock in Duluth (above) using the boat’s self-unloader. In the photo, it is extended to the right of the boat while the conveyor on the self-unloader moves the salt out of the cargo holds and onto a pile on the ground. When the Aird completed that discharge, it moved over to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. They departed the port on Wednesday evening at 6:30 to deliver the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-23-2009

Aerial Lift Bridge frames John B. Aird

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The next two boats to load coal at Midwest Energy are named John B. Aird. And the boat that probably left the coal dock at Midwest Energy last night was also the John B. Aird. It is expected back here today from Thunder Bay to take on another load of coal for Thunder Bay, both loads going to Ontario Power Generation. That done, it will be back here again to load coal at Midwest. This trip will be the last time the Aird will be in the Twin Ports this season. Today’s coal cargo will go to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the Aird came under the Lift Bridge two weeks ago on December 15th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2008

John B. Aird arriving Duluth ship canal

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The John B. Aird was probably loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources as the sun came up this morning and if so, it will likely be leaving not long after that. It will take about 30,000 tons of coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian flagged Aird was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood Shipyards of Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built by Port Arthur Shipyards in Thunder Bay. The entire vessel was then assembled at Thunder Bay. Photo taken January 12, 2006
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2008

John B. Aird makes grand entrance

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After a day waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the John B. Aird came under the Lift Bridge Monday afternoon at 3:30 (above). It was the 10th trip the Canadian flagged vessel has made to the Twin Ports this season. As it did on the previous 9 visits, it is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources for Thunder Bay. Once inside, it had to wait for the American Integrity to complete loading coal, probably around 8 pm last night. No salt water ship has left the port later than December 20th since at least 1996, but after the Federal Manitou finishes loading durum wheat at CHS sometime today, the Beluga Revolution will follow. The Tatjana, still out in the lake, also needs to load spring wheat at CHS so it can start the 1,154 mile trip to the Atlantic Ocean and then to Italy before the locks in the Seaway close for the winter. Photo taken on December 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2008

John B. Aird leaves with coal

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Before departing on Monday evening, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship, the State of Michigan, took a group of Twin Ports maritime officials and a group of local educators for a short cruise in the harbor. While the ship was returning to the dock, the Canadian flagged John B. Aird was coming under the Blatnik Bridge with a cargo of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Today, three boats are expected to come under the Lift Bridge. One departing in the morning, and two arriving, one in the afternoon and one at night.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-21-2008

John B. Aird enters chilly Duluth ship canal

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Today is a great day to watch boats in the Twin Ports. Three salt water ships will be making their first trip here. One will be picking up grain while the 2 others will be discharging heavy equipment at the Port Terminal. The Canadian flagged John B. Aird will be making its 4th trip here this season. It will be loading coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The two pieces were joined at the Port Arthur shipyard in Thunder Bay. The Aird is 730 feet long and has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Above, the Aird is arriving in Duluth last January.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2007

John B. Aird exits Duluth ship canal

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It’s another coal day in the Twin Ports. The John J. Boland will be here early today to load coal. The John B. Aird, American Century and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are all scheduled to arrive in port tomorrow evening. First one here gets to load coal first. The McCarthy will likely be at anchor off the Duluth piers when the sun comes up, but there are other alternatives. It could have slowed down out in the lake or come in to wait at the Port Terminal. The Boland will leave here for Milwaukee, the McCarthy will be going to Detroit and the rest will be taking coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. The John B. Aird is pictured above departing Duluth in September, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2006

John B. Aird makes first trip of year

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The John B. Aird made 9 trips here last year. Today, the Canadian flagged laker will be here for the first time this season. With 5 boats here today to load coal at one dock, the Aird, like some of the others, may have to drop anchor off the Duluth piers and wait its turn. The John B. Aird was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The two pieces were joined at the Port Arthur shipyard in Thunder Bay. The Aird is 730 feet long and has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Above, the Aird made its final visit last season on January 12th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/21/2006