American Integrity from high above

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Oglebay Norton is now American Integrity

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The American Integrity should have arrived in port earlier this morning. Formerly called the Oglebay Norton, it is here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will load about 64,000 tons of coal and take it up to Silver Bay Power where it will be used to generate electric power. When they complete discharging that cargo, sometime later today, they will return to the Twin Ports to take on another load of coal tomorrow, this time for Detroit Edison, their usual destination. Above, the boat departed the Twin Ports in July, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2006