The Vikingbank and Sea Bear come in to port together

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The Vikingbank had been waiting at anchor for several days and came into port on Labor Day, September 7, 2015. This is her 6th trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2012. She was just here on June 14th this summer when she loaded beet pulp pellets; she will load the same cargo on this trip, taking it to Ireland where it will be used as animal feed.
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In all ports in the world, a visiting ship is required to have a local pilot on board who knows the harbor and its many variations. The Sea Bear, the local pilot boat,  took a pilot out to the Vikingbank so she could come in to port. Here they both are returning to port.

Vikingbank follows Federal Satsuki

Like the Satsuki, she will load grain at the Gavilon Elevator, the former Peavey elevator

Vlieborg ends maiden voyage in Duluth

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vlie_120829_0029_v_Variant_1fromwebsiteThe brand new Vlieborg arrived Duluth this morning (November 10, 2012) and is seen here slowly backing into her berth at General Mills in Duluth around 9 am. Weather was bad; big wind, thunder and lightning, and drizzle. Not a great picture but I wanted to celebrate the completion of her maiden voyage in Duluth. She was launched on August 29th. After sea trials (picture here from Wagenborg), she picked up steel products to deliver to Great Lakes ports, then on to Duluth to load beet pulp pellets. She is a sister ship to the newly built Vikingbank, who was here in September. Wagenborg had another ship named Vlieborg; she will be remembered for her inability to make the turn toward the Lift Bridge on August 24th, 2005, surprising summer visitors and myself when she moved directly into the sea wall just in front of my office. Wagenborg sold her; she is now the Antarctic Sea.