At Anchor
By Al Miller

Saltwater ships frequently anchor off Duluth-Superior while waiting to load grain. Although the vessels may look idle, work must still be done to prepare their cargo holds to receive grain and clear the ships for arrival in port. This work often involves the ship’s agent, agricultural inspectors and inspectors from a cargo bureau, such as National
Cargo Bureau. Here are several images from a boarding party to Spar Jade, a 590-foot saltie that dropped anchor off Duluth on September 23, 2000 and is scheduled to arrive at the AGP grain elevator on September 26, 2000.

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Salties off Duluth

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Four salties were anchored one to three miles off Duluth on September 24, 2000. Vessels that anchor here may be waiting for a vacant elevator berth, they may be waiting for cargo to arrive at the elevator or they may be waiting for a time charter to begin.


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