Tug/barge/icebreaker

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 … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader departs with Joyce

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 … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

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 … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader exits Duluth

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 … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

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 … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort

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 … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load its usual cargo, taconite. It is the vessel's 3rd trip here this season. It was here 5 times last year. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. The combination is usually referred to as the Great Lakes Trader. Above, it is departing Duluth in … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader with Joyce

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 8 times last year; this is its 4th trip here this season. As usual, it will be loading taconite. The combination is usually referred to as the Great Lakes Trader. Above, it is entering … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader & Joyce L. Van Enkevort

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader is here to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 22 times last year (2003). *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/27/2004 … [Read more...]