American Integrity gets in line for coal

This has been and undoubtedly will continue to be a slow season, at least starting out. But that is not obvious in the Twin Ports this weekend. The American Integrity came in on Saturday morning for coal (above) but had to wait on the American Century and the John D. Leitch to complete loading their cargos of coal. The James R. Barker was expected to come in from anchor earlier this morning after the Integrity departed. The Canadian Transport will be here to load coal, as will the largest boat on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha. The CSL Niagara is also out on the lake on the way to Duluth to get coal today. Notably, the Quebecois will be departing after discharging the season’s first cargo of cement. Photo taken on May 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2009

See you next week, American Integrity

American Integrity captain Patrick Nelson was out wishing visitors to the Duluth ship canal a Happy Thanksgiving as he departed the port yesterday with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. He will bring the thousand footer back next Tuesday for still another load of coal for Detroit Edison. As of now, there are only four more trips scheduled for the American Integrity before its season ends. Photo taken on November 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2008

American Integrity exits Twin Ports

It is harvest time and it appears this year that will mean a lot of salt water ships in port this fall. But not today. The American Century was expected in port just after midnight to load coal. That should mean it will be departing around noon, in time to leave the Paul R. Tregurtha an open berth at Midwest Energy Resources when it comes in around 6 pm. The Cason J. Callaway should be departing with sinter sometime. Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon. Photo taken on September 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth

On September 7th, the American Integrity departed Duluth at 9:03 in the morning to take a load of coal to Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is just across the lake on the western shore. The boat ran aground just as it entered the harbor, in about the same place that the Indiana Harbor did the same thing a couple weeks ago. The Integrity was able to move enough coal from its holds to those of the Wilfred Sykes to move off the sand bar. It backed away and waited for the Sykes to discharge about 7,000 tons of the Integrity’s coal at the power plant. Then the lighter American Integrity successfully entered the harbor and discharged the remaining coal. It will be back from that adventure today to load coal again, this time for a Detroit Edison power plant. Above, it is departing the Duluth harbor in September last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2007

Vessel has identity crisis: American Integrity / Oglebay Norton

The American Integrity will be here today for the 21st time this year. On all of the visits, including today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Most of the time, it takes it to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Detroit Edison also owns Midwest Energy Resources and receives much of the coal loaded there, but significant amounts are shipped to several ports on Lake Superior, and to Nanticoke, Ontario. Alone, the Detroit Edison Company receives about 9 million tons of coal per year through the terminal. As today, the American Integrity usually loads about 62,000 tons of the low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Montana and Wyoming. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in July, 2005 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. Since June of last year, it has been the American Integrity.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth as Oglebay Norton

Today, most of the traffic has already passed under the Lift Bridge or it will do so much later in the day. The American Integrity is the exception, expected out this morning, assuming it arrived as expected last night. The boat usually loads coal but today is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. The Algowood may have come and gone today by breakfast. It was expected in just after midnight to load coal. A salt water ship named the Gadwall should be arriving this evening and dropping anchor off the Duluth piers. This boat is brand new. It will load beet pulp pellets when it comes in. Above, the American Integrity is leaving Duluth in April 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. The name change happened last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2007

American Integrity from high above

The American Integrity should be here for its 11th trip of the season. As today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on each trip, taking it most of the time to Detroit Edison, as it will do again today. The round trip to Detroit usually takes about a week. Above, it is departing under the Lift Bridge last Thursday for Detroit so today, a week later, marks a usual turn around for the boat. It will again load coal today for Detroit Edison. The boat has also made a couple trips to Silver Bay with coal. Photo taken on May 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-24-2007

American Integrity is A-OK

It has been a hard couple days for boat, crew and cargo on several boats doing business in the Twin Ports. The Dutch flagged Virginiaborg left Duluth on November 17th. By the time it arrived at the Soo Locks, a fire was discovered in both of the ship’s two cargo holds. It was allowed to pass through the Soo Locks and then the smoking cargo, beet pulp pellets loaded in Duluth, was removed. The Paul R. Tregurtha has been seen around here for the last several visits with a tug close by because of a malfunctioning bow thruster. Yesterday, two new blades were added to the bow thruster and the boat was back in business by 6 pm last night. When it completed, earlier this morning, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should have followed the Tregurtha at the coal dock. A crew member on the McCarthy had to be taken off the boat by Coast Guard helicopter on Sunday after getting sick. I don’t think anything is wrong with the cargo or crew of the American Integrity also due here today. Above, it is departing Duluth on September 11th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2006

Captain says hi from American Integrity

American Integrity Captain Patrick Nelson waves to the crowd as his boat goes under the Lift Bridge last August. At the top of his 1,000 footer, and just under the Lift Bridge, it is just as hard to see him in the picture above as it is when you are at the ship canal waving. Today will be the 35th time his boat has been here this season. On all those trips, the boat loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It has usually taken a few cargos of taconite down to the lower lakes, but so far not this year. Today, he will take 62,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2006

American Integrity departs to music

The Tarbox Ramblers played on at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon as the American Integrity departed Duluth. The 1,000-foot-long laker had 62,000 tons of coal to deliver to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Today, most of the boat traffic should be over before the Festival gets going. The music will of course go on without the boats, unless some of boats are late enough to catch some sounds in the afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2006

American Integrity at Midwest Energy

Three boats will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They have 4 more on Friday, and another 3 on Saturday. So far, Sunday is a day of rest, as was yesterday. That is almost half a million tons of coal that will be shipped out of Superior in the next three days, going to Muskegon, St. Clair and Marquette in Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, you see the American Integrity loading coal at Midwest in September, 2004. The coal pile is obvious. One of the trains that brings coal in daily from Montana and Wyoming is on the track between the boat and the coal pile. The track encircles the coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2006