Arctic winter brings the Desgagnés to Duluth to load grain

The Claude A. Desgagnés arrived this morning on her second trip to Duluth since she was built in 2011. Her first trip was in November, 2015. It is not a coincidence that she made both trips in the winter months. Then, she sails the earth as a normal salt water vessel and is here today in that role, loading grain at Riverland Ag (above and below). In the summer, she is reflagged by her Canadian owner,Transport Desgagnes in Quebec, as a Canadian vessel. Then she takes supplies up to communities within the Arctic Circle such as Nunavut and Nunavik that are not as accessible in the winter.  At least one other ship has been to Duluth while also serving those communities, the Umiavut .

Nunavut was formed from the eastern part of the Northwest Territories and is officially called Canada’s third territory.


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

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