Stellaprima travels the world

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The Stellaprima arrived in the Twin Ports with more than 9.6 million pounds of cargo to be taken by rail to Alberta. The ship started picking up the cargo in Japan, making stops in Malaysia, India, Italy and the Netherlands along the way. They completed discharging that cargo on Wednesday (above). This morning, it departs Duluth for Norfolk, Virginia to load machinery for power plants in Nigeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2005

Schnabel gobble

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There is a lot of activity today in the port; too bad for US sailors on a holiday but good for visiting relatives in Duluth. The last of the Canada bound cargo from the Dutch flagged ship Stellaprima was discharged last evening. It will soon be loaded onto the waiting US owned and operated Westinghouse 36-axle Schnabel car, the largest rail car in the world. Above, William Bingman, the Schnabelmeister, (upper left) looks carefully at the cargo he will soon take to Alberta. Today, the only sound from the Port Terminal is a Schnabel gobble.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2005

Stellaprima to Schnabel

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It takes a lot of experts (above) to prepare to discharge a thick walled high pressure vessel for the refining industry, one of the largest pieces of equipment to ever move out of the port, from the heavy lift ship Stellaprima onto the 36-axle Schnabel car, the world’s largest capacity railcar. Above, the experts worked out the plans at the Port Authority on Monday. Today, they move the big red Schnabel car over next to the Stellaprima to begin the complicated process.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2005

Stellaprima is Jumbo

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The Stellaprima, owned by Jumbo in the Netherlands, is still discharging very large pieces of equipment to transport to Alberta by rail. Leon Streur, at left, Cargo Superintendent for Jumbo, has watched over the cargo as pieces were first loaded in Japan, then Malaysia, Venice, Sardinia, and Rotterdam. Gary Bennett (center), Clearance Manager for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, is here from Fort Worth to oversee the cargo as it is loaded onto railcars. Streur and Bennett arrived in Duluth by plane. At right, Stellaprima Captain A. G. van Koldam, from the Netherlands, came on board in Sri Lanka to guide the ship and its cargo to Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2005