Arkansas gets to work quickly

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The tug Arkansas arrived here on October 17th, 2014.  Two days later, Carole Lent got a nice shot of her helping the Orla move through the Duluth harbor on the 19th. The Orla picked up a cargo of wheat at CHS in Superior.

Orla and snow arrive Duluth

orla20131202-0278The Orla came into town along with the first snow storm of the season. I was so excited that I captured the event on video.

Thanks, salt water ships and tugboats …

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… for making the Twin Ports of Duluth Superior an exciting place to live. Specifically, the Three Rivers, above, top for coming in this afternoon (Thanksgiving, 2010) to load wheat, and thanks to the Orla, above, bottom, for departing for the port of Pasajes, Spain (below) at the same time with some of our mid-western wheat.
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Two ships at anchor

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With 7 days left in November, we have 5 salt water ships in Duluth today, two of those at anchor. Above the Orla, framed by the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, is waiting to come in while the Three Rivers is just south of her (below). Four more salt water ships are expected by the end of the month. The last salt water ship usually departs the Twin Ports by December 18th.
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Orla looks nice with ice

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The Polish owned and operated Orla is making its 4th trip to the Twin Ports today. Above, it is coming in on the first trip in December, 2000. The last time it was here was just in August this year. It will be loading spring wheat for Italy while it is here. The Orla was built in 1999 and is 490 feet long. The Federal Seto will be loading taconite today at Burlington Northern for Algeria. That will be the last salt water ship this year to load taconite for Algeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-06-2006