Jumbo Spirit bound for Spain

Longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing and the crew on the Jumbo Spirit completed loading the ship with wind turbine blades Monday afternoon. They will likely depart the port for Spain later today. The last blades were placed on the weather deck or top deck. Each blade is fitted with two braces, one at each end. They were used to place and hold the blade on a truck as it arrived here and then to place it on the deck of the ship. Once they are sitting on one of the ship’s decks, iron workers from Lakehead Construction welded the braces to the deck. Above, Brian Kachinski from Lakehead is welding one of those braces holding a blade on the weather deck on Monday afternoon. This ship is going across the Atlantic Ocean and this cargo is built to catch the wind. The welds and additional tie downs make the cargo and the deck secure for the long trip to Spain. Photo taken on November 05, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2007

Jumbo Spirit loads wind turbine blades

Last week, here in Duluth, the cargo hold of the Jumbo Spirit contained a reactor vessel and 2 transformers. They discharged the reactor vessel here and then went to Toledo to discharge the transformers. The ship came back to the Twin Ports on Saturday afternoon with empty cargo holds that are now being filled with wind turbine blades for Spain. You can see above the first three blades that were lowered onto the lowest deck of the ship’s single cargo hold on Sunday morning. When that deck was filled, a tween deck was created above it for more of the total of 27 blades they are loading. The weather deck, or top deck, will be placed over that and it will carry the last of the blades. That should happen later today. Photo taken on November 04, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2007

Jumbo Spirit gets frequent sailing miles

The Jumbo Spirit loaded a reactor vessel in Japan and came directly to Duluth to discharge it. That is the cylinder on the right side in the picture above looking into the ship’s hold. The object at the left, a transformer, was to be discharged in Toledo, a port they passed right by on the way here. The shipper (who pays the freight) for the reactor vessel wanted the trip to be direct to Duluth with no stops for any other cargo. As you can see, the transformers (there is another one, part of which is seen at the top left) could have easily been lifted out of the ship’s hold in Toledo on the way up. It would not have been a problem to discharge the transformers on the way back either except the ship also had to load wind turbine blades in Duluth. They would need the entire cargo hold for that. So the ship left for Toledo Saturday after discharging the reactor vessel here on Friday. They will return in about a week with an empty cargo hold ready for the wind turbine blades. Duluth to Toledo to Duluth is a trip of over 1,500 miles. Photo taken on October 27, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2007

CG does Jumbo inspection

Jumbo Spirit captain Remko DeGreef (left) conferred with local Coast Guard MST 3rd class Robert Beeren (right) in the pilot house of the ship on Friday morning. (MST – Marine Science Technician). The Coast Guard was on board to conduct an extensive inspection of the ship’s major systems. This was the last job on the ship for the captain on this trip. A relief captain arrived in Duluth on Thursday evening. DeGreef flew home last night. The ship discharged equipment destined for an oil sands project in Alberta. They will depart the port today to deliver more heavy cargo in Toledo before returning to the Twin Ports to load wind turbine blades, another very unusual sequence for a salt water ship in the Great Lakes. Photo taken on October 26, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2007