Here is the latest ship schedule
It would be nice if they said where they came from.Like Burns Harbor or East Chicago...etc.
Marine Traffic has that info.
I agree. I would be nice to get some information about the ship as they go thru.
Love watching the boats come and go!
Has Michipicoten gotten new engines recently? She's an older boat but really "hauling the mail" this season, over 14 knots at times.
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This new site 'misses" many arrivals at Two Harbors. Why?
I'm sure Dennis has a better answer than I do, but I find I need to switch between both cams to "catch" the boats as they enter depending on the angle they enter at.
My question is about the missing boats on the schedule, not cameras.
I heard that the people that ran the ols schedules quit. It's a shame, it's now hit and miss at Two Harbors and Superior. Does any one know of a schedule we could go to?
The schedule changes quite often for Two Harbors. If you want to find out what's been here and when, there's a chronicle of the ships out of TH at https://www.facebook.com/twoharborsboats or https://www.twitter.com/twoharborsboats
i dont do twitter fb or google all scam monet making site as far as im concerned .........
'i do that too, first the canal cam and then the bridge one so i can see it going through :)
The scheduling site is still a work in progress. There are still some technical difficulties linking the AIS. It is coming along nicely though and is manages by the Marine Museum staff.
One easy way is to go to marinetraffic.com, right click on the boat and click on the port of destination. This will give you the remaining enroute time.
Thanks, Great site.
i like the older version of shipping information better.
it seems like they shift around the ships if one port is really busy. Like right now the Algoma is waiting to get into Two Harbors with the Block in there now and the Speer about4-5 hours out. Will the Speer end up going somewhere else?
This one shows schedules for Duluth, Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Superior. https://harborlookout.com/#/ships#0
Thank you, Jim. That one is a little easier to read/figure out for me.
Appreciate that Harbor Lookout is being done by Marine Museum site on this page with Kenneth Newhams not being able to continue the Duluth Shipping News. Technology is always changing! During development of this site, it would be nice if a comment field could be added stating what ship is doing like getting fuel or what dock going to like we had on Shipping News.
I agree. This one seems to have a lot of gaps so far. Only lists some ships and I'd like to know their status like the old one had--what's in--and the other ships as well as the freighters. I always check the map which is a little more likely to have what is coming and going.
is bridge stuck today?
love the cams, today i can't get the bridge or canal cams to work... :(
Yep,no canal cam, no bridge cam
yep, no canal cam, no bridge cam
Hillside cam don’t work for me
what is that beeping/horn in the back ground?
Foghorn from the lighthouse.
Curious about the crowd that gathers at the canal as a boat approaches. What alerts them to an approaching boat. Is there a bridge bell or what.
There is a phone # you can call for a schedule, plus if you're in the Canal area the bridge operator makes an announcement when the bridge is going up, plus a bell rings as the bridge goes up/down.
Thank you so much. I suspected there was a bridge bell. Living in Alabama I am fascinated with this wonderful website.We have river barges but nothing like tis. However, we do have bamabeachcams.com.
I sure hope the Clarke isn't really leaving Duluth until 12/31...hopefully a mis type. :)
At the Lake Superior Marine Museum there are TV monitors, and they show when boats will arrive and depart and their estimated times. Thus, people know when to show up if they like.
Are the monitors located in the downtown area as the crowd appears to be coming from that direction?
NO the TV monitors are at the Marine Museum. People that know when the boats are coming or going, walk down to the Duluth Entry to watch. They are coming down from the lake walk and the areas in and around Canal Park.
Since Duluth is on a hill you can see them coming and you can also see them getting ready to leave the harbor from many locations.
What ever happened to the link for the PPMI cam? I noticed that if you google it you can still find the cam but it no longer has a link on this site?
PPMI cam is now blocked by a new hotel.
What a great site for an ex Duluth, Ex Greatlakes sailor....Keeps this old guy busy and it' great entertainment...Thanks L. W. Hill
what are they doing in thee middle of harbor?
Would be nice to go back to the old way, which also included a chance to see photos of the boat for those who have not see it before
Thanks I thought so
How come once in awhile a boat is listed to come in a particular time and when that time comes the boat does not show up and when you check the schedule again it is not even listed anymore??? Did it sink?? Ha!
looks to me to be just a lack of effort/laziness.I can see several "mistakes"on the current schedule.Burns harbor..1082x112...wonder how it fits through the locks?Presque Isle...112 ft wide?Am Integrity...no width??Come on!!!Just plain lack of effort....in fact I can fix this stuff if you give me access to it.Anything worth doing is worth doing right.Come on folks!
The schedule is a work in progress and getting better as time goes on. Lot's of automatic inputs and calculations that don't always work right. You can always do your own estimates on marinetraffic.com -- just right click and measure.
Ships are often delayed for various reasons, including weather, and this might not show up on the schedule. Casna
Ypu can still get the PPMI cam. Go to the great lakes webcams then lk superior then go to Duluth cam scroll down the menu at the bottom left side has all the cams including that one. You can still see the marina but not much else.
Hey, way to go Two Harbors camera people... It's good to see what's happening again.. Thanks for the speedy fix..
The system is bad compared to previously, I will not list the imperfections as you are aware of them.
Any idea when the Sunda will depart? It arrived on 8/20/18.
Lots of folks out on Sunday nite. The canadian boat has been underway for 30 minutes. Still no sign of it . . .
What's up with the Paul R Tregurtha
Why has the Paul R Tregurtha been in port so long?
what is wrong with the Paul Tregertha? She's been in dock for several days now and no ETD? Something happen?
Are the ETA and ETD times Central time?
I love watching the ships glide in quietly off the big lake at night, the sound of the engines, the water rippling. And then some Barney Fife starts yelling over a bullhorn about the "facts" of the ship and the mood and atmosphere is totally BLOWN. Sheesh, send that person packing! Their "contribution" is not necessary.
if you don't like that person talking you can always mute the audio someone like me who likes to hear that info just enjoys hearing it.
Everyone associated with this site does an awesome job! I wish there were more sites like this around the lakes. This site truly sets the standard.
Federal EMS having ice breaker assistance when leaving?? (12/31)
I can´t see the Boat schedule, it is under the map. I see only the map. What is wrong?
Seems OK on this end
Please figure out how to shield the Canal Cam from raindrops. It's frustrating to try to watch a ship come through the canal through them. (Although, it is kind of trippy!)
Come on techies, invent some mini windshield wipers for cams! Casna
Why is the boat schedule gone. Can only see the map.
Same for me...
Why did boat just back into harbor at Two Harbors ( 10-6-18)?
Easier to maneuver (some boata)
When I click on the ship schedule I end up getting the map instead, why is that?
Schedule does not show with Internet Explorer. Try Chrome or Edge-works fine
Using the Two Harbors Boat Launch Cam at night. A little left of center between the two parking lot lamp posts What are the group of 4 or 5 white lights? I can see the red tower lights a little left of the lamp post on the right and I know where these are. This might be a "DUH to me" question, but just curious here. Duluth Canal?
Shouldn't this blog be inverted so the most recent comment or question is at the top?
Exactly my opinion.
I agree. It would be much easier.
I've noticed on the Two Harbors Boat Launch site,especially weekends people set up a tent, are they officials? Great website Thank You.
It's the MN DNR. It's an invasive species education checkpoint.
Dennis you had a quick glance system long time ago that was very nice. You had arrivals departures - coded in neon green and red that was very easy to read. Now that Ken’s schedule is gone might you bring that back? Got the old software or whatever you could reinstate? This one is nice for detail but yours was fast. Casna
I don't think I could do any better then the existing schedule, it is time consuming task and sill get better with time.
from the boat launch cam for two harbours can you see the top of the aerial lift bridge
Not likely. As two harbors is about an hour from Duluth.
It's not a direct line of sight down the north shore. There's land blocking the view. Also if you were standing on top of the bridge, the horizon would be at 17-18 miles. It's 26 miles between Duluth and Two Harbors in a straight line. So no.
You're probably seeing Knife River.
are oar boats running in Nov. or more specificly Nov. 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I can't find a schedule. Ed
Ore boats are running in Nov., but that doesn't mean any will be in the Twin Ports or up the North Shore.
I know the weather makes the final decision, but on average, when does the lake shipping shut down for the season?
The Soo Locks typically shut down around January 20th. Shipping will continue on the lower lakes most of the winter. A lot of tug/barge traffic and Canadian lakers haul salt to Lake Michigan mainly from Goderich, ON.
they should add a camera in Silver Bay
Whomever pulls this all together and maintains the cameras and a site is doing great work. I love the announcement of the ships arrival and specs on the boat as it passes through the canal too. Love watching the rollers going through the canal even when no boats are on camera. I even watch the videos of ships I’ve missed during the day. Been planning my summer vacation to see the ships in person-cannot wait. The cameras really make Duluth/Superior look more beautiful than it already is. I wish we had this in Milwaukee. Just wanted to send my praises among the complaints.
I agree! I live in Chester, IL, about an hour south of STL. We visited Duluth in August and fell in love with the town, the area, Gitche Gumee, the Lakers and THIS site!! On it daily! AND, we are coming back in December to see Bentleyville and time it for some 1000 footers, since we didn't see any this summer. Will be counting heavily on the schedule then. Thanks for a great site and well done.
The boat schedule is right maybe 50 per cent of the time
What's happened to the boat locations site that was in other cams.
Dennis,Keep up the great work. I'm part of a group of former Duluthians that come back for the summer every year. We all monitor the website and love it. Look for you next summer.
I am a former Superiorite, living in Florida. Love to open Duluth canal cam and watch the boats coming and going. Also I can keep up with how much snow you get. Love Bentleyville.
No snow yet... bet you dont miss it...
Love duluth and watching boats. Thanks for keeping the site going.
What type of cargo do they load and/or unload at Twin Harbor?
is homeland security the reason why you can't post the actual schedules?
I found this site about a month ago. JEEZ,,, I am hooked. This such a great idea. I love the different cameras. Well done !!!
What a great opportunity to watch the Algoma Buffalo discharge its cargo right under the Harbor Cam! Any idea what the cargo is?That poor front-end loader driver is going to have a long night moving those huge piles one bucket at a time to the hopper at the side of the building.
Most likely salt. This is Compass Chemical Co
Curious how they decide which canal to enter or depart - under the bridge, or through the Wisconsin Point? BTW, love this site!! Even got my wife asking every day if there are any coming and going!! Great Job!!
Well I hope she is not using this boat schedule. It usually is off by several minutes or even hours. Also I watched a boat come in a couple of days ago that was not even on the schedule.
Well, I would think the boat schedules are just estimates. They aren't like the schedule of buses or airplanes. I see the schedules changing all the time, or even not accurate to actual timing. Doesn't bother me, I still love watching them.
I imagine whichever is closest to the boat's destination. Boats stopping at the BN docks go in and out WI Pt. There's a tug/barge combo Spartan that does the same even though she stops at a slip west of Midwest Energy. Some boats that stop along Connor's come in one way and leave the other so they don't have to pivot. I've also seen a boat come thru the bridge, fuel up, then make her way to the BN docks before exiting thru WI Pt. Pretty much the rest go in and out thru the bridge.
I "tuned" in just in time this morning to see the Algoma Buffalo backing in through the Superior entry. Any ideas why the choice this morning was to back in?
I've noticed over the years a malfunctioning canal light on the west side. Now there are 2, and one on the east wall. Anyone responsible for maintenance of these?
Hi, old newbie lurker here, from landlocked Liberty Missouri...I am wondering are thereactive coast guard cutters in this port area? Do they bust up ice in winter? I check thesewebcams many many times a day.....thanks..don
CG Katmai Bay out of Sault Sainte Marie is currently in port. She's moored by the DECC. She's one of the Bay class cutter-tugs. She made a pass thru the inner harbor a couple days ago. CG Neah Bay out of Cleveland was in port a couple weeks ago.
Cudos to the tugs and cutters that ensure that the ships and crew get in and out of harbour all year long safely
why does the canal cam freeze so badly?
It really depends on the weather - light, waves, wind etc -- the video gets bogged down.
I recently discovered the marine scanner on this site and find it works great when ships are coming and going thru the lift bridge so I know when the boats arrive there. The boat schedule seems to change a lot and have missed some arrivals and departures relying on that.
Okay, I'm the newbie so I get to ask the dumb stuff....why are there four ships anchoredoffshore, for a couple days now? thanks ......Don....
Best i can figure is the ice. Listening to the scanner, when the ships are docked getting loaded, the ice builds up against the ships. Out on the lock, that is less of a problem so the ships come in, get loaded, and get out. Sounds even doing that, they need the tugboats to help get going.
Cold weather slows up loading of iron ore pellets. Everything is belts/motors/pulleys. The mechanical part will slow down because of the cold and occasionally the pellets will freeze also.
Thanks for the info, love this site...have a great new year all....don
Dennis, you do a great job. I am surprised at all of the whiners and complainers on this site. I bet none of them volunteer to help you.
Yoooooo --- Click on the HARBOR LOOKOUT Header = it will Expand the Ship Schedule...- - - minibikemike - - -
currently the Clyde S Vanenkevort and the James R Barker are next to each other just out of the Two Harbors bay, and it appears that one boat is unloading into the other.Can anybody answer as to why this is happening like this?Thanks.John wish there was a general forum where questions and comments could be posted....
Speculating, so if I'm wrong hopefully someone wiser will speak up. The two boats are taking partial loads to different destinations. Clyde is headed for Detroit. Barker is going to Nanticoke. So Clyde takes on full load and transfers part to Barker. Loading work at the dock completes earlier, freeing it up. Barker gets her load without having to dock, so quicker. Trade off is Clyde is delayed.-F
Hi John, I saw that and sent an email to Dennis and his reply was No idea, interesting operation though. Hopefully someone will give us a answer to what that was all about.Pat Weber
The dock had a high spot and the Barker overloaded. They off loaded approx. 1500 tons into the Erie Trader so she wouldn't be fined at the Soo for being overloaded. The Erie Trader was only at the dock for about 1/2 hour, so she wouldn't be loaded enough to transfer any cargo.
What's up with the two harbors depot cam? During the day it seems to work fine, but in the dark, the pic gets obscured with a purple pattern. I assume it has something to do with the camera?
Anybody have a clue how much longer Duluth is going to be able to stay open for the season? Also has any boats already shut down for the winter?
The Soo Locks close Jan. 15th. Also a lot of boats have laid up for the season. There are 3 in the Twin Ports so far. More to lay up here.
Harbor Lookout indicates which boats are in winter layup.Soo locks close on 1/15.
Is their away I can delete the top 100 questions from here ???
My husband and I really enjoy extending our boat watching with this site. Our short stay in Duluth is never long enough to see all our favorites. Helps me thru the long winter here in northern Illinois. We have been regular visitors to Duluth and the canal since 1968. What changes we have seen!!! We will miss checking in with the boats now that shipping seems to have ended.
weird, on the Boat schedule, it shows name of a boat arriving at 6-15-18, and there's other outdated stuff also... just thought I'd send info on these things.
Would be nice to see who is in winter layup and where they are at too.
Question, does someone "man" the lift bridge all winter season? thanks ......don
Yes, the bridge is manned year round. Lot's of maintenance happens in the off season.
go to boat nerd and they have a site that shows where all the ships are in layup and the date they layed up.
Okay, I'm going a little nuts here ....last two days there were many "ice fishers" on lakeat boatlaunch area, but now suddenly it looks like open water....how does that happen so fast?don
Does anyone have the schedule for ice breaking in Two Harbors?
Hot dang. I see our first boats are slated to depart on Fri-yay.
I've been having a great deal of trouble trying to see the Wisconsin point cam, is itjust me? Been ongoing for several days....thanks....love these cams.....don
It is not you -- there is a problem with the Wisconsin Point cam that I will be looking into this week.Thanks
Stewart J Cort is the first cargo boat through the Soo locks this season. She started locking just after midnight local time.
Do they not do the horn on the lift bridge and the ships anymore? TIA
Most of them still do, but if it late at night they don't want to wake the neighbors..
Just now at 500pm saw a bunch of brown looking smoke/dust comeing off the loading piers onthe right side of camera...anyone know whats going on there? thanks...don
Probably dumping pellets. Color of pellet dust.
Hello, Can someone help me find the "Boat Schedule"? When I hit the "Boat Schedule" button I get the map of Duluth and all of these comments/posts? Thank you. John..
Try using Google Chrome, that made it appear for me.
Joshua may be right. I have watched several ships pass through during day light hours and no ship horns or bridge horns, what gives. People like to hear them!!
Just watched the Algoma Spirit come through the Wisconsin Point entrance backwards. Why would that be? Would they have better directional control that way?
Strong currents in the area.
Just saw new Cam, Silver Point Marina.....Thanks for a new one !!!!....don
Dennis,do you still send notices of arrivals?
Looks like time for ice breakers again......don
Watched the ERIE TRADER leave this morning at 10:20. It was never on the schedule to leave.It just showed up out of nowhere.BUT..at least he blew his horn!!First time I have heard that in awhile...
THE BOAT LAUNCH AREA IS GETTING CROWDED TODAY (SUNDAY).....DON
Thanks for the closeup of the Hilltop cam, lets me see where these ships are ending up at....don
Thank you! I appreciate the infornation and cams!!!!!!
Just watched the Erie Trader come in this morning at 10:15. Problem was it was never on this schedule to come in??Another stealth arrival. Why does this happen?
.The Erie Trader is actually the name of the barge mated with the articulated tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort which departed the morning of 04/27/2019. There are a number of these 'articulated tugs and barges'. The ones I know of, are owned by Van Enkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, MI and the Presque Isle. There are others. What I have noticed, is that these ships are actually categorized as tugs and the software does not always pick them up. IIRCC, Dennis has to manually add these to the schedule. The Presque Isle is on the schedule to arrive 04/29/2019Below is a link from when the CVE arrived on 04/10/2019. At 2:46, you can see where the barge is named "Erie Trader" and the tug is named "Clyde S. Van Enkevort" in small lettering. Also, you can see how the tug and barge fit together. https://youtu.be/VlqM2o2ZaQwMarinetraffic.com page for the CVE for additional photoshttps://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4878892/mmsi:338888000/imo:9618484/vessel:CLYDE_S_VANENKEVORT
Morning, it is 4am and I'm curious, there are at least 5 or 6 folks with flashlights on theright canal wall..do people fish this time of day out there? thanks don from missouri
Yup--- fishermen - out at night also.
We were there for the first time last fall and saw the Flevoborg come in. Have not seen it on the schedule since. Anyone know what happened to it?
Flevoborg is current in Toronto. Suppose to be going to Cleveland after that. Don't know the rest of the itinerary.
Salties like the Flevoborg trade all over the world. Possibly might not be back for a couple years.
Hi, I have had a lot of issues lately with some of the cams freezing up. the canal,bridge and the harbor cam start and stop start and stop so on and so on. All you see are the three pulsating dots. Some times it stops for so long you have to turn it off. What's up?
I love the cams however, there have been a lot of issues with the times being accurate. Can I get some insight? Thank you .
Loved being in Duluth Thursday and Friday. Saw the Fraserborg come in and then go out and then sit in the harbor. It was still when we fled the winter weather on Saturday morning. Any explanation?
Donna,When the Fraserborg first came into the basin on May 17, she had to go through an inspection. Inspection included the cranes, bulkhead covers and a few other items. Maybe someone can fill in more info on the inspection. Is this inspection annual for each ship? When a ship is on the 'Boat Schedule', if you click on the ships name, the expanded view will appear, scroll down for notes and history. I found the inspection info in this expanded view.
Is anyone else on the marine scanner hearing chatter in a different language?
Hi, thanks for the closeup's just now on the ship BIG LIFT, coming in...wonder what it iscarrying? Anyone know?.....don missouri.....
The BIG LIFT was loaded with Wind Turbine Towers.....don
Thanks for the zoom in on the Hillside Camera...lets me see the loading on that ship.....don
Why did Federal Mackinac have the pilot boats this morning when coming in?
Federal Contract for Salties
It didn't have pilot boats. It had tug boats. A loaded boat can be hard to move without tug assistance. Not pilot boats.
Schedule is bad...…...
I'm wondering what kind of ship that is anchored to right of canal, with 3 "cranes"(?) extended into the air?!....don
Alamosborg---waiting to load grain.
Thanks very much....don
I have noticed on a lot of the boat schedule times they say ETD (which I thought meant estimated time of departure) when they are actually arriving? example today 6/10/19 the one at 7:45pm that was to depart actually came in a 7:55pm Pacific Huron. Are the boats that far of schedule sometimes that their ETD is actually ETA
I haven't noticed many ships fueling at Duluth this season, ifany. Last year a large percentage of the boats fueled. Anyoneknow why the difference?
Could be the price of fuel. When I sailed we would fuel where it was cheapest. I know the Great Republic has been stopping in Two Harbors to fuel when it's heading down the lake.
Happy River is making her way back to the Twin Ports. Should arrive Wednesday afternoon. Interested to see what she's carrying this time.
Monday, she passed Marine City, MI and Port Huron, MI carryingabout 20 of the wind tower sections. Industrial Skipper arrived here yesterday with some blades. A new wind farm in the making somewhere? I find those wind turbine farms fascinating.
At 0840 this morning (6/23) while viewing the Two Harbors boat launch cam, a silver 4 door Buick purposely drove into geese and ducks crossing the roadway in clear view killing at least one goose. Please address this. This is absolutely disgusting and this person driving the car should be found and prosecuted.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention -- the recording has been given to the local laws enforcement.
Hi, I just watched the Mesabi Miner come into Duluth this morning at 11:42 am. The problem is it was never on the schedule to be here.Why is this schedule so out of whack?? Doesn't the bridge operator have a more accurate schedule we can all use??
While I don't do the Schedule, I know it is a complicated endeavor to get it automated. Still a work in progress. Best to keep your eye on marinetraffic.com at the same time.
Do any ships go into Taconite Harbor any more?
Taconite Harbor is closed and probably will never open again for shipping. But, ya never know!