Sister ships pass in the afternoon

The Victoriaborg departed Duluth at 2:50 on the afternoon of November 15, 2013 after loading a cargo of grain at Gavilon (formerly Peavey). As she went through the Duluth ship canal, you can see her sister ship, the Virginiaborg, at anchor waiting to come in to load beet pulp pellets at the General Mills dock in Duluth. Both ships are 433 feet long; the Virginiaborg has been here 29 times since she was built in 2000; the Victoriaborg came 23 times since she was built a year later. Between them, they have brought in lumber and steel coils. They mostly loaded beet pulp pellets on their trips here, but they have also loaded bentonite, and other grains. On many trips, they came in empty. In the picture above, especially in the larger version seen by clicking on the picture, you will see the pilot boat Sea Bear just approaching the stern of the Virginiaborg. Foreign flagged vessels in the Great Lakes must have a pilot aboard who knows the many lakes, rivers, docks, bridges etc. that a ship will encounter. In this case, since the Virginiaborg had just arrived at anchor, the pilot boat was out to get the pilot and bring him into port. When the Virginiaborg is ready to come in, the pilot boat will take a pilot, not necessarily the same one, out to the ship for the trip into port.

Virginiaborg getting beet pulp pellets


Anders Gilbertson and his daughter Andrea took this picture of the Virginiaborg on April 30, 2012 while she was loading beet pulp pellets at the General Mills terminal in Duluth. Notice the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the background on right side. Thanks to both of you. As of today (Tuesday, May 1), she is still here and may not depart until sometime on Wednesday.

Virginiaborg docked at General Mills

The Dutch flagged Virginiaborg is expected in port today to load beet pulp pellets at General Mills in Duluth. Although more salt water traffic is expected later this month, the Virginiaborg is the first foreign flagged ship this month. We only had 7 in October. The Virginiaborg was constructed in Romania and then towed through the Black Sea, across the Mediterranean Sea and up the east coast of Europe to Delfzijl, The Netherlands, and home port for Wagenborg Shipping. The ship was assembled there and launched in 2000. The Virginiaborg is an exact copy of the Vancouverborg. The two ships have made 40 visits to the Twin Ports since they were built. Above, the Virginiaborg is seen during its first trip here in 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2008

Virginiaborg at dock

The Dutch flagged Egbert Wagenborg arrived here for the first time on October 22, 1998. Egbert Wagenborg the man arrived aboard the Virginiaborg for the first time in October, 2002. Mr. Wagenborg is retired from the Wagenborg company. The boat was named after his father, the founder of Wagenborg Shipping in the Netherlands. The Virginiaborg will be here today, presumably without Mr. Wagenborg, to load beet pulp pellets. Photo taken November 14, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2005