Maritime Trader arriving Twin Ports

The American Century should be back from a quick trip to Silver Bay to load coal for Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. The Paul R. Tregurtha left last night around 6 pm to do the same thing. Both boats will be back next week, obviously in the same order, to load coal again for St. Clair, Michigan. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives later today to load coal, although not for Detroit Edison even though the boat is named after a former President of the company. The McCarthy will load coal for Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. Still, its usual destination is the Detroit Edison plant at St. Clair. That destination is not surprising since Detroit Edison owns Midwest Energy Resources in Superior where all the coal is loaded into these giant boats. The bright blue Maritime Trader, seen above coming into the port on June 18, 2006, will be here today for the 7th time this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2007

Maritime Trader in all her blue glory

The parade at the CHS grain terminal in Superior continues. On Wednesday evening, the Isolda was there loading grain. As it was departing on Friday afternoon, it passed the Canadian Provider coming to to take her place at CHS. Saturday evening, the Maritime Trader came into port (above) and shortly after that, the Canadian Provider departed the dock, making way for the Trader to take her place. The Maritime Trader had been at anchor while waiting for the dock to clear. It is a beautiful boat, newly painted in the bright blue colors of Voyageur Maritime Trading, who recently purchased the boat before it might have been sent to the scrap pile. At the time, in 2005, it was sitting at a dock in Goderich as a storage bin for some grain. Photo taken on August 04, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2007