Ohio to Illinois with Sherwin

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Often a ship is at anchor off the Duluth piers because it is waiting for a berth to open up. It is free parking out in the lake and shipping companies like that. The Federal Sakura has been at anchor for many days, but the wait has been for paper work issues. It appears those have been resolved. It is expected to come in early this morning. The ship is only loading about 11,000 tons of wheat here and should be departing later today, going up to Thunder Bay to load an additional 9,000 tons. Then it will head east to the other end of the St. Lawrence Seaway System and top off its cargo holds with 8,000 more tons. Then it is off to Venezuela. Above, the tug Ohio arrived in the Twin Ports yesterday to tow the John Sherwin down to Chicago. That either happened last night or will happen today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2006