Cold, windy and rainy but still working

After arriving Duluth on Sunday to load 66,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan, the Paul R. Tregurtha is seen above making her turn into the Duluth harbor, on her way out, officially going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 11:45 this morning, April 25, 2016. She is passing by the Vancouverborg and Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. docked at the Port Terminal. The Vancouverborg came into port at 1:22 this morning and is waiting to load grain at CHS in Superior. The McCarthy is behind her fueling at the Calumet Fuel Dock. She will probably depart there for the BN terminal to load iron ore pellets.

Happy Memorial Day from Duluth

Top, the Federal Mattawa waits in the ice to load grain. Likewise, just below her (in the picture) is the Greek owned Apollon (the officers are  Greek; the crew is from the Philippines). The Vancouverborg, below them, is getting the hell out, with a cargo of beet pulp pellets for Greenore, Ireland, a deep water port on the Irish Sea. The port is privately owned, the town has a population of 898 people (in 2002) and it is famous for whiskey with the same name. There must be animals somewhere since beet pulp pellets are normally used for animal feed,  and are not known to be an ingredient in whiskey. Click any picture to see the ice better or the Google Earth map which locates Greenore.

Making up for lost time

Above, the Iryda came into port this morning (May 22, 2014) to load grain at CHS.
Above, the BBC Celina arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on May 21st to load grain at the CHS 1 grain elevator in Superior. The Apollon can be seen at anchor waiting to come in to load at the same terminal. Below, assisted by 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the BBC Celina moved up the harbor on her way to CHS 1.
Below, the Indiana Harbor departed last night with 66,000 tons of coal she loaded at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She is taking the coal to the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. It has been a while, I think, since a boat has departed here with that much coal. Usually, as last year, the largest cargo of coal was 64,000 tons. The additional cargo  no doubt reflects the higher water levels on the Great Lakes, which allow boats to carry more cargo. If some of the higher water is the result of the snow and ice that has been melting on the lakes and/or the decrease in water evaporation caused by the snow and ice, it is ironic that the same snow and ice that delayed the full start of the season by a month or more, is now allowing boats to carry more cargo, and helping make up some of the early season loss.
It was Wednesday night when the Indiana Harbor departed and it was the first Wednesday of the season for the sailboat races.  With ice still out in the lake, they stayed in the harbor and seemed to spend a lot of time around the Vancouverborg, at anchor in the inner harbor waiting to load grain at the Peavey elevator. She is now at Peavey and the Elbeborg, not seen here, has taken her place at the inner anchorage. She is also waiting to load grain.

Vancouverborg enters Duluth ship canal

The Vancouverborg will be making its 21st appearance in the Twin Ports today, bringing a cargo of beet pulp pellets. Above, it is seen entering the Duluth ship canal on December 7th, 2005. It is one of many ships that Wagenborg Shipping has sent to the Twin Ports. Despite being built in 1999, another Wagenborg ship, the Morraborg, will be making its first trip here today, bringing heavy cargo destined to the OPTI Canada oil sands project in Alberta.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2008

Vancouverborg not going to Vancouver

Wikipedia says that the Garganey is a dabbling duck. The Garganey that will arrive late tonight is a Hong Kong flagged and Chinese owned ship that was built last year and is now operating under a charter to Canadian Forest Navigation, sometimes known as Canfornav. They operate a lot of ships that they name after ducks. Many of them, such as the Puffin, the Pintail and the Greenwing, to name a few, have been to the Twin Ports, usually to load grain although the dabbling duck ship will be loading bentonite. Above, we see the Vancouverborg departing the port Monday afternoon with beet pulp pellets. Photo taken on August 25, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-26-2008