Kapitonas Stulpinas here for load grain

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The Kapitonas Stulpinas is expected to arrive today to load grain. This will be the Lithuanian flagged ship’s 11th trip to the Twin Ports since 1996. It was built in Ukraine in 1981 as part of the former Soviet Union’s merchant vessel fleet. Like many other ships in that fleet, it is now owned and operated by the Lithuanian Shipping Company at Klaipeda, a port located on the Baltic Sea. Above, the ship is assisted by two tugs as it enters the harbor in November, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2007

Kapitonas Stulpinas with friends

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The Kapitonas Stulpinas should be arriving under the Lift Bridge this morning around 7 am to load bentonite. It has not been to the Twin Ports since May of 2004. That was the only trip that year; it only made one trip here in each of the 3 previous years. It was built in Ukraine in 1981 as part of the former Soviet Union’s merchant vessel fleet. Like many other ships in that fleet, it is now owned and operated by the Lithuanian Shipping Company at Klaipeda, a port located on the Baltic Sea. Photo taken November 3, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2006