This week has been a busy one in the port of Duluth. Late Monday evening, the new saltie Federal Bering arrived Duluth to load 21,000 tons of wheat at canola at the CHS terminal in Superior. The Bering will be the final saltie to visit Duluth/Superior for the 2015 season. Federal Bering is part of Fednav’s new B-class of ships specifically designed to transit the Great Lakes/Seaway system, and was delivered to the company earlier this year. After loading, the Bering will take her cargo to both the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico.
In other saltie news, the Cornelia finally got underway after a little over 40 days at anchor off Duluth and arrived at the Clure Public Marine Terminal to refuel and resupply on Wednesday. She will most likely be departing for the ocean soon, with a rough deadline of Friday to ensure that the vessel will clear the Welland Canal before it closes for the season on December 26. Ken Newhams of the Duluth Shipping News took some photos of her arrival that can be seen here.
Also on Wednesday, the newly rebuilt former saltwater tanker Manitoulin arrived Duluth and went to the CN dock for a load of iron ore pellets. Manitoulin arrived on the Lakes in November after being rebuilt as a Great Lakes bulk carrier in China. This is her first ever visit to the port of Duluth/Superior.