A Hong Kong Ships Maiden Voyage Ends In Duluth Early Saturday Morning
Whether you’re an early riser or want to stay up late, it may be fun to be in Canal Park in the wee hours of Saturday morning, most likely before sunrise. Then you can witness the arrival of a newly christened oceangoing vessel, the Clipper Gemini. Having Duluth end up a port of call on a ship’s maiden voyage is unique, especially when that maiden voyage originated in Hong Kong!
The press release of the ship’s arrival states: The 393-foot Bahamian-flag vessel was loaded in and left Kobe, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2012. En route to Duluth, she wound her way around the globe via Xingang, China; Songkhla, Thailand; Singapore; the Suez Canal; Gibralter; Poole, UK; and Hamburg and Rostok, Germany, before entering the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 28. She made one last stop in Valleyfield (Quebec) before arriving in the Twin Ports.
Over the weekend, crews from Lake Superior Warehousing Co. will discharge its breakbulk cargo of gas and steam turbine/generator components for a large electricity generation project (including six heavy-lift units) at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, the port’s only breakbulk terminal. From Duluth, the cargo will move its final leg via specialized railcar and truck to the ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.