Vlieborg, Anderson pass in the Duluth harbor

The Vlieborg (above) arrived this morning (May 31, 2016) at 6:25 as the Arthur M. Anderson was departing, passing each other in the Duluth harbor. This is the second visit of this version of the Vlieborg; she was also here in November, 2012 (the year she was built) to load beet pulp pellets.  Notice the ladder hanging down from the deck of the Vlieborg and also her direction, as if she, like the Anderson, is departing. The Vlieborg is in the harbor for inspection by local grain officials and other port personnel. When that is complete, she may go out to the anchorage, stay where she is or go over to CHS to load grain. Today’s weather, cold, with high winds and rain, may keep her there; going out to the anchorage in this wind may not be the Captain’s first choice, and grain is not loaded when it is raining. This was the 6th visit to the Twin Ports for the Anderson this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN.

Vlieborg ends maiden voyage in Duluth

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.