Jumbo cargo coming off Jumbo Vision

One of the big pieces was picked from the bottom of the cargo hold of the Jumbo Vision on Thursday afternoon. There are two, hard to see labels on the piece, called a containment vessel. One says Kobelco, the company that made it in Kobe, Japan. One says NorthWestUpgrading, the destination for all the cargo from the ship in Alberta. Jumbo Shipping, a heavy lift shipping company in Holland, operates the ship that brought the cargo from Japan to Duluth on Monday morning. A variety of companies were involved with the discharge here, most notably Mammoet, a worldwide company that specializes in heavy lift and transportation projects. They brought the 80-tire piece of equipment, and a large crew to operate it, that was about to be moved under the piece in the picture. It would transport the containment vessel to a laydown area in another part of the Port Terminal. The last piece should be pulled from the Jumbo Vision today, after which it will go to Toronto to pick up a cargo of locomotives. Photo taken on November 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2008

Jumbo crane helps Jumbo Vision

Marc Baysinger drove his 220-ton crane up to the Jumbo Vision yesterday to help take some of the ‘smaller’ pieces from the cargo hold of the ship. The ship’s two 400-ton cranes, which are capable of lifting 800 tons together, take care of the larger pieces. Lakehead Constructors, Inc. in Superior operates the crane and employs Marc to ‘drive it.’ The Clure Public Marine Terminal often goes to Lakehead Constructors when they need help moving heavy cargo. Photo taken on November 19, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2008

Jumbo mover takes jumbo cargo away from Jumbo Vision

The first of 12 large pieces of equipment loaded in Japan were discharged from the Jumbo Vision yesterday. An on-board crane carefully picked up the large cylinder, called a containment vessel, from the ship’s cargo hold and placed it onto an SPMT (self propelled modular transporter) brought in from Edmonton to carry each piece to another part of the Port Terminal (above). The SPMT, with 40 tires to balance the load, has the ability to slide the piece off onto carefully built platforms before returning to the ship for the next piece. The other eleven pieces will be discharged like this first one. They all will eventually go to an oil sands project in Alberta. Photo taken on November 18, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2008

Jumbo Vision has jumbo cargo

Yesterday, the Jumbo Vision arrived in port (above) with 12 large containment vessels loaded in Japan. They eventually will be shipped to Alberta for oil sands extraction projects. Coal is the only cargo that will be going under the Lift Bridge today. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the American Century arrived yesterday and the James R. Barker was expected very early this morning. All three thousand footers will depart today. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013½ feet long, is the longest boat on the Great Lakes; it will arrive this afternoon. When all the above are gone, it will move over to the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources and load more coal. All four boats will load about 64,000 tons of coal each. Photo taken on November 17, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2008