Chase car and dog assist with Umiavut discharging

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The Dutch flagged Umiavut has been discharging parts for 32 wind turbines that will next go to a wind farm in Iowa. But first, each piece was discharged from the ship to trailer trucks that carried the pieces to another part of the Port Terminal where they will soon be put back on trucks and taken south. The pieces are big and very heavy and they need a big, specially built trailer truck to move them. And big very heavy trailer trucks need a chase car behind them to alert traffic coming up on them and to give the driver another set of eyes at the end of the very long trailer. That’s Stacy Wudtke in the driver’s seat of the chase car for one of the many half-mile trips they made on Friday from one end of the Port Authority terminal to the other. Her dog Tyler takes up the back seat, and Gus Johnson is to her left. Both work for Badger Transport Inc. in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Stacy lives in Montana. Photo taken on June 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2007

Umiavut unloading at LSW

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The Dutch flagged Umiavut arrived in Duluth at 7:36 this morning. Shortly after tying up at the Lake Superior Warehousing berth at the Port Terminal, longshoremen, along with the ship’s crew, began to discharge parts for 32 wind turbines that will be taken by truck to wind farms in Iowa and Illinois. Above, they have just discharged one nacelle onto a trailer that departed for Iowa just after this picture was taken. The port’s 2 gantry cranes are turned toward the ship, dropping rigging into the ship’s cargo hold to pull up another nacelle. A nacelle is an enclosure for much of the machinery needed to operate the wind turbine. Photo taken June 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2007