Duluth’s Docks C and D nearing Completion

This article from the Duluth News Tribune was posted to Boatnerd today. Docks C and D in Duluth are located in between the Port Terminal and the Riverland Agricultural Corp. dock.

Duluth, Minn. – It may look like a parking lot, and in some ways, that’s what the rehabilitation of Docks C & D at the Clure Public Marine Terminal has created. But it’s kind of a bigger deal than that.

“(The berths) triple surface storage capacity,” said Sen. Al Franken after a tour at the port of Duluth on Monday. “This is good not just for Duluth but for all of Minnesota.”

The $17.7 million infrastructure investment off of Helberg Drive gives the public port another 25 acres for commodities moving through the port, doubles heavy-lift cargo handling capacity and adds a roll-on/roll-off dock on a new rail spur.

“This expansion is a masterpiece of maritime workmanship,” the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said in a release.

The terminal expansion had been decades in the making and was made possible with a $10 million federal grant and $3.75 million in state money. Thanks to renewed federal wind-energy credits, there’s a good chance the area will be used to stage wind turbine parts

The terminal was previously owned by Cargill and hosted grain elevators; it was sold to the Port Authority for $1 in 1989.

Now, after 18 months of construction that saw 1,898 feet of sheet pile, 5.5 miles of H-pile and 62,000 cubic yards of dredged material, the Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing are about to take over the property from Lunda Construction and open it for the 2017 shipping season.

A 1,000-foot American Steamship laker will spend the winter in the space before it is opened to salties — two at a time will be able to fit along the 1,600-foot dock.

Atlantic Erie for Scrap?

Atlantic Erie‘s Canadian registry was closed on October 5, and the ship’s name and stack markings were also painted out recently, a sign that the ship may soon be sold overseas for scrap. She has been laid up in Montreal since last winter. Her sister Atlantic Superior was towed to Aliaga a few years ago, while Atlantic Huron has continued Great Lakes service. Atlantic Erie, if scrapped, would follow her fleetmates Birchglen, Spruceglen, Saguenay, and Richelieu, which were all scrapped at Aliaga in the past few years.

In Sturgeon Bay, Burns Harbor has been in port for unspecified repairs since last week Wednesday. The Georgian Bay ferry Chi-Cheemaun arrived in port on Monday to be drydocked for her 5-year inspection.

Algosoo heads for the Boneyard

Algosoo departed Toronto, Ontario, early Sunday morning on her final trip up the Welland Canal. The 730-foot laker has not seen service since she arrived in Toronto for winter layup on December 30, 2015. Boatwatchers braved pouring rain at times to watch the vessel make her last canal transit. She arrived at Wharf 17 in Port Colborne Sunday evening, where she will have parts removed before being shifted to the International Marine Salvage scrapping slip to be cut up. Algosoo was built in 1974, and was the last laker built on the lakes with the traditional style of having her pilothouse and some cabins forward. She has sailed for Algoma Central for her entire career, and has carried the same name as well.

Algosoo joins three other Algoma fleetmates that have been sold for scrap this season, including Peter R. Cresswell, Algoma Navigator, and Algosar. Algoma has new contracts in place to have the remaining Equinox class lakers built and delivered in the coming seasons, after the Chinese shipyard that initially held the contracts declared bankruptcy. Algoma also has contracts with a Croatian shipayard to build two smaller vessels that will likely replace the aging Algorail and Algoway.

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The above photo, courtesy of Bill Bird, shows the Algosoo underway in the Welland Canal in 2012.