American Century passed under the Duluth Lift Bridge at 10:45 on the morning of January 3, becoming the first ship to arrive for the winter of 2016-17. She docked in the Azcon Metals slip at Port Terminal’s berth 8, also known as the newly completed docks C and D. American Century is sharing the slip with the 1898-built J.B. Ford, which is awaiting her eventual scrapping. The two-year revitalization project of docks C and D, which cost the Duluth Seaway Port Authority nearly $18 million, features new steel dock walls, a new rail spur and a roll-on/roll-off dock that will be the first of its kind in Duluth. The new dock is located in between the Port Terminal and Azcon Metals slips in the harbor.
The ice-coated American Spirit arrived Duluth early in the afternoon on Saturday, January 7, and docked at Port Terminal’s berth 11 for winter layup. Berth 11 is across the slip from the Port Terminal dock, and is also the location of the newly completed roll-on/roll-off dock.
A total of seven vessels are expected to lay up in Duluth this winter. Paul R. Tregurtha and Herbert C. Jackson are due next, with an expected arrival date of Tuesday, January 10 for both vessels. The Tregurtha will lay up at Midwest Energy, and the Jackson will return to Fraser Shipyards, where she spent most of the past season being converted from a steamer. This will be the second year in a row Paul R. has laid up in Duluth. Her fleetmate Lee A. Tregurtha is expected on Wednesday, January 11, and will dock in Fraser Shipyards.