Kwintebank leaving Twin Ports harbor

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Since 1996, the latest departure date for the last salt water ship of the year is December 20, 1997 when the Lake Ontario had the honors. The 19th was the last salt water departure in both 2003 and 2005. In five of the years, the last ship left on the 18th. This has not been a good year for salt water traffic in the Twin Ports. Last year, we had 150 foreign flagged ships through November; this year only 63. Last December, we only had 8 salt water ships in December. If the arrivals mentioned below do not change, we will have only 6 this December. Two salties are due today, both loading beet pulp pellets. One should be here Friday, and 2 may arrive on Saturday, the 13th. The Federal Rhine, due next Monday, the 15th, is a likely candidate to be the last salt water ship of the year, but that can easily change. Today the Loireborg, built this year, will be here and the Kwintebank, seen above in 2002 will also arrive.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-10-2008

Kwintebank at Port Terminal

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The port picked up a new type of business on Monday. The Kwintebank arrived from Milwaukee early Monday morning after discharging wind turbine parts. Wind turbine parts are often welded into place where ever they are loaded on a ship. That allows for no movement of the piece during transit, which allows the ship to be packed tighter, thus holding more cargo, always a good thing for the shipping company. The welds were not cleaned off in Milwaukee, so instead of going to General Mills to load beet pulp pellets for Spain, the Kwintebank went to the Port Terminal (above) where iron workers took their torches to the old welds. The ship should begin loading the pellets today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2006

Kwintebank carries crew of nine

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The Dutch flagged Kwintebank should be here today to load bentonite. It has been here about 3 times a year since 2003; today will be the second trip this season. Built in 2002 and only 435 feet long, the Kwintebank usually carries a crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines. The Bluewing, which is green, is still at anchor off the Duluth piers, probably through the weekend.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2006

Kwintebank unloads lumber

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The Kwintebank discharged a cargo of 1,378 metric tons of German lumber on Friday at Lake Superior Warehousing Co., Inc. (above). The cargo was loaded in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2005

Kwintebank is Dutch flagged

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The Dutch flagged Kwintebank should be here today to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2002 and only 435 feet long, she usually carries a crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2005

Kwintebank

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The Dutch flagged Kwintebank is here discharging a cargo of lumber. Above, it was doing the same thing on September 3rd, 2002 when it was here on its maiden voyage. Lumber brought here by this and other Wagenborg ships has usually been loaded in Germany. Above, a bundle is lifted out of the ship’s holds by a crane at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-08-2004

Kwintebank crew numbers few

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The Kwintebank has been at anchor waiting to load beet pulp pellets. It will come in early today and should also depart later in the day. The Kwintebank carries a minimal crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2004