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Old 21st November 2015, 19:33
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Great Lakes Liberia flag Cornelia arrested Duluth MN

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<http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3884880-saltie-being-held-duluth-investigation-possible-environmental-violations>

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The oceangoing freighter Cornelia that has been anchored offshore from Duluth for nearly two weeks is the subject of an investigation for "alleged violations of U.S. environmental regulations," the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Tuesday.

"Due to the ongoing investigation, the ... vessel and crew are prohibited from leaving Duluth until cleared by U.S. Customs and Border Protection," the Coast Guard said in a statement issued by its Ninth District External Affairs office in Cleveland. "The vessel and crew do not pose a public safety threat. Speculation that the ship is held in port due to any safety concerns (is) false."

The Coast Guard said it will not release additional information while the investigation is under way.

The News Tribune first reported on Nov. 7 that the ship was being held at anchor as part of a federal probe. At that time the Coast Guard directed questions to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota, which confirmed the investigation but declined to reveal any details about its nature.

On Tuesday the U.S. Attorney’s Office referred an inquiry back to the Coast Guard.

The Cornelia took on grain at the CHS Inc. elevator in Superior on Nov. 3 and 4.

Greg Ukkola, grain operations manager for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Grain Regulation in Superior, told the News Tribune earlier this month that a stowage exam of the vessel and its holds was done on Nov. 1, while the ship was anchored in Duluth harbor.

"We did an initial stowage examination on the ship to see that it was fit to load grain into, and we examined the grain as it was being loaded," Ukkola said. Everything about the exams was routine, he said.

After being loaded, the Cornelia never got underway. The saltie, built in 2001 and about 575 feet in length, has been stopped at anchor since Nov. 5.

The Cornelia is managed by the German company MST, which operates dry-bulk carriers on the Atlantic Ocean; the ship is registered in Liberia.

In a statement to the News Tribune earlier this month, MST managing director Matthias Ruttmann said the Cornelia is owned by a German bank.

“We are fully cooperating with the USCG to shine some light on this,” Ruttmann told the News Tribune. He said MST was conducting its own internal investigation to find out what was happening onboard the Cornelia, and that the company did not want to speculate on the situation pending completion of that investigation.

The captain of the vessel refused to comment when reached by the News Tribune earlier this month.

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The Duluth News Tribune had a picture of the Cornelia at anchor off the Duluth piers on their front page this morning (November 7, 2015). The above is the picture I took this morning. There was big news but the News Tribune didn’t know what the news was. I was happy to find out from them that there was news. I still don’t know why she is out there either. I refer you to the article for the list of people who will not tell them (us) what is going on. The US Attorney says the ship is being held there (by the Coast Guard, I assume) as a part of a federal probe.

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Cornelia was built in 2001, is 581 feet long and flies the Liberian flag.

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That is the Cornelia anchored out in Lake Superior beyond Duluth piers.

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Old 22nd November 2015, 21:22
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That sure is one interesting erection on top of the bridge. In picture No 1 I thought it to be a lighthouse, beyond the ship itself. Also that tug in the last photo; it appears to be high and dry. Amuseum piece, perhaps?
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the story deepens as the ice creeps in with the freeze up! wonder what gives!?
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52 days until the Soo Locks are closed for the winter (1/15/16)

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Around this date is when ships that ply this route lay-up. Sometimes, depending upon ice, a couple of coal cargoes are shipped from Superior WI, to Michigan electric power plants that are on Lake Superior.

In the spring, usually the first ships out of Duluth-Superior haul coal to these plants, before the Soo opens, which was March 25 this year.

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November 27, 2015 @ 2200 Duluth time - +20F - Cornelia is still there bathed in moonlight tonight.

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The closing of the "Soo" locks is only one factor but not the main one for departing and getting out to salt water.
Its the closing of the Welland canal and the Seaway which is about 25th December.
One year I was the last vessel out and it was an experience with ice freezing up the lock walls and having to get machinery in to scrape them clear before we could lock through. A trip that would normally take a week took over 15 days.
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winter of 1989...remember it well...sitting in pte cartier , unloading off the Tarantau...took ...forget, but was at least 3 wks...all frozen cargo...coke & betonite. Come out of the tunnel on deck & your boots would stick to the frozen deck...-30--40 temps...
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Yes it was that year when the freeze up started early.
We loaded in thunder Bay and shifted to the last house about 10pm to load next morning at 8 a. m.
It was all clear water when we tied up.
Next morning the mate called me to use the engines to position the boat under the chutes as about 8" of ice had formed overnight and we were well and truely iced in. A Cuban boat was loading beside us and he said when you sail we are going to.
He cleared the seaway ahead of us as the powers that be wanted all the low powered boats to get out first.
The South Shore canal was nearly frozen solid and there was no need to moor. Just stop and you didn't move.
It was only daylight navigation at this time as all floating aids were removed or out of position.
An experience I fortunately never had to repeat.
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Lakercapt keyed: "there was no need to moor. Just stop and you didn't move.
It was only daylight navigation at this time as all floating aids were removed or out of position."

A practice that is still used on the Great Lakes these past few ice years. Before the season begins the USCG and Canadian CG coordinate the work together to cut paths and open ports. For instance the USCG Alder based in Duluth takes care of Duluth-Superior and Thunder Bay Ontario as well as helping out at the Soo. The Coast Guards escort convoys of ships across the lakes and rivers. Everything stops at dark until it is light again.

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still no reason given for the ships delay in deaparture...must be finances....
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US Government environmental investigation is all that has been disclosed except Homeland Security, FBI, USCG, Border Patrol, Fed court prosecutor and possibly other unnamed Fed agencies involved.

If the seaway closes December 25 unless released soon she may be stuck.

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Old 2nd December 2015, 07:31
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Just posted December 1 @ 2205

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<http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3894219-anchored-cornelia-limbo-probe-nears-one-month>

By Brady Slater on Dec 1, 2015 at 10:05 p.m.

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The tight-lipped investigation “for alleged violations of U.S. environmental regulations,” repeated the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday, has yielded no arrests, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Yaw of the Cleveland-based 9th District of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“A lot of people are being hurt here that didn’t do anything wrong,” said Stephen Sydow, a Duluth-based vessel agent for his family’s Daniel’s Shipping Services, which serves as the local logistics connection for foreign business interests. “It’s straining business relationships on three different continents, and it’s not a good thing for the port of Duluth.”

When reached by the News Tribune, neither the Coast Guard nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota would elaborate on the investigation, but Sydow said he believed the probe has boiled down to a negotiation over the final dollar amount of a proposed monetary settlement or fine.

Adding urgency to the situation is the fact that the international seaway system through the Great Lakes is scheduled to close at the Welland Canal on Dec. 26 at 11:59 p.m. The canal joins lakes Erie and Ontario near Niagara Falls and is the first domino to fall in the closing of the foreign shipping season on the Great Lakes. Travel through Montreal on the St. Lawrence River closes Dec. 30.

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+ Much more local and financial aspects.

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I don't understand how she can be prevented from departing and yet not be arrested/detained. Some device to avoid damages should official cock-up 'eventualise'?
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surprised they wont let it travel to montreal..only afew more days left...
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re: Montreal is NOT in the USA. They have her stopped in US waters now and I suspect the Feds will hang on to her until this case is finalized? Apparently this vessel has been accused of violating US environmental regulations?

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envior reason..mabya majic pipe!!...well well...some are not so bright i guess... majic pipe doese it all the time to bypass content monitor on ows...
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Coast Guard offers new details on detained saltie Cornelia

By Andrew Krueger Today at 5:42 p.m.

.... allegations involve “violations related to the discharge of oily water.”

“Based upon current information in the investigation, it does not appear that the discharge occurred within the port of Duluth-Superior,” the Coast Guard reported.

But on Thursday, the Coast Guard said it was negotiating with the owner of the ship to reach “a security agreement that would permit the vessel to depart the port while simultaneously protecting the integrity of the investigation and the interests of the vessel’s crew members,” the Coast Guard reported.

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sounds like majic pipe! , okay somone meddeled with or tricked the oil water seperator content monitor, happens, turning the flush on to content monitor while running the seperator....
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After 6 weeks at anchor, the Cornelia came in this afternoon, December 16, 2016.

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Bon voyage! Cornelia slated to leave for Atlantic on Friday.

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An agreement reached with the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday will allow a languishing foreign freighter to finally leave Duluth.

After six weeks of detainment offshore from Duluth, the Cornelia will sail Friday.

"We have reached an agreement and the vessel is making preparations to depart Duluth," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Yaw of the Cleveland-based 9th District of the U.S. Coast Guard. Yaw declined to give specifics of the agreement or any further details into the weeks-long investigation into "violations related to the discharge of oily water."

Stephen Sydow, a Duluth-based vessel agent for his family's Daniel's Shipping Services, confirmed with the News Tribune that the oceangoing freighter will depart sometime before noon Friday. (December 18th)

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That is Cornelia, the only vessel in view, moored at the Duluth Marine Terminal today December 17, 2015. The vessel required bunkers and supplies.

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With the very unseasonably warm weather and no ice formations she should have no difficulty clearing the system before the closure date.
All thanks to El Nino we are told.
Even in my area there is no snow and the ski hills are still green as its not even below freezing at night when they can make snow.
Looks as we will be experiencing a green Christmas which won't seem the same!!!!
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After weeks of waiting, Cornelia bids adieu to Duluth

Exchanging the traditional salute with the Aerial Lift Bridge, the freighter Cornelia passed through the Duluth ship canal just after 9 a.m. Friday, ending a more-than-six-week ordeal in the Twin Ports.

A few hardy onlookers watched the saltie head out onto the open waters of Lake Superior, with temperatures in the teens and a gusty west wind dropping the wind chill to near zero. The anchored Cornelia had become a Duluth fixture of sorts in recent weeks, particularly at night as its lights beckoned out on the lake.

The ship had picked up a load of grain in Superior in early November, bound for ports on the Mediterranean Sea, but then was detained at anchor on Lake Superior for weeks amid an investigation into possible violations of U.S. environmental regulations "related to the discharge of oily water," the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

The Coast Guard and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota, which also was involved in the case, have released few details about the Cornelia's detainment &mdash; though the Coast Guard did say the alleged discharge did not appear to have happened in the Twin Ports.

An agreement finally reached this week between the Coast Guard and the German owners of the German-operated, Liberian-flagged ship; allowing the Cornelia to sail while maintaining the integrity of the investigation; led to the saltie coming into port on Wednesday to refuel and pick up supplies.

That led up to the Cornelia's departure on Friday morning.

The 575-foot Cornelia had been faced with a rough deadline of Friday to depart Duluth, or otherwise risk not reaching the Welland Canal between lakes Erie and Ontario by the time it closes for the season on Dec. 26; blocking passage to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cornelia was the second-to-last saltie of the season in Duluth. The last saltie, the Federal Bering, was set to leave Duluth on Friday evening with a load of grain bound for Mexico. It had arrived in the Twin Ports on Monday.

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Cornelia leaves Duluth, finally; winter arrives, finally

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2015-1218-5500.jpg (215.5 KB) Long shot of the above scene. The long narrow Southpier Inn is built on land that was a small boat launch ramp when I was a teen. There was parking for perhaps a half dozen cars and trailers, and a concrete launch ramp. I wonder how much parking the Inn has?

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20151218-PierB-+18F.jpg (87.1 KB) 140 room four story Pier B Upscale Waterfront Resort construction began in April 2015 due to open April 2016. The slip to the left, with the opening in the bulkhead, to be connected with a sliding bridge, is part of the Duluth Lake Walk. There is a ten feet wide public walkway, that runs right along the lake and bay at the ends of slips with opening bridges for yacht access.

This area to be a marina including resort owned water toys for rent and yacht short-time visitor and longer-term rental slips. The Lake Walk is not complete there still are gaps but they are being addressed. Regardless one can walk from 26th Avenue East all the way to 35th avenue west alongside the water. West of there are completed portions of the alignment.

2016 will be a big dollar push to extend the western most portion from Fond du Lac eastward to Fairmont Park, home of the Duluth Zoo; which is also slated for a big upgrade in 2016.

They have been working on the preparations for this for years and completed them this year. This involved dredging up stuff dumped overboard from boats and ships eons ago and disposing of it in an approved manner. Then a certain more dense soil was selected from somewhere else and used to replace the dredged debris. So they are now ready to just begin building the walkway, like laying a long ten feet wide asphalt driveway.

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20151218-Piers1-+16F.jpg (84.4 KB) You can see here that the Corp of Engineers has locked the gate blocking pedestrian access to the east-end of the north pier. This camera is mounted on the roof of the Corp of Engineers museum building. You can also see that this area and pier B got only a light dusting of snow while over the hill six inches was common and twelve inches not unusual. Coming after midnight it snarled the morning commute.

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I have been checking Cornelia AIS once or twice a day since she left Duluth December 18th. Above anchored in the stream above the Soo Locks.

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Here underway entering Lake Huron from the St Mary's River.

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Underway on Lake Huron, off Harbor Beach, Michigan.

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Moored at Detroit, Michigan

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Western Lake Erie off Monroe, Michigan - Toledo, Ohio.

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Underway Lake Ontario.

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Seeing Cornelia underway on Lake Ontario pointed towards Hamilton I wondered where she was going so I looked again to find her anchored.

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Still anchored in the same place.

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Still anchored in the same place but she is not alone. Must be something? Causing this?

I checked a Hamilton today's newspaper that said their lowest temperature has been 44 F against an average of 23 F. An article said tulip bulbs planted only weeks ago are coming up. There has been a lot of rain and sunshine so the grass is all green. Bottom line Boatnerd and other maritime websites and press I have not found anything in the news about a Seaway or weather hold up.

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From vesseltracker 18th December.

Recent News Ship Leaves After Being Anchored for Over Six Weeks (Video)
After weeks of being stuck in the port, the German ship Cornelia has finally sailed. The Cornelia had been anchored off shore from Duluth for over 6 weeks while being investigated for alleged violations of U.S Environmental Regulations related to the discharge of oily water. "A lot of players, a lot of personnel multiple countries had to participate in the investigation so it took an awfully long time," said Adele Yorde, the Public Relations Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Where the alleged discharge occurred has not been reported, but according to the Duluth Seaway Port of Authority, it was not in the Twin Ports "They reached an agreement with the owner operators to be able to release the vessel so it could continue on its’ way out the great lakes St. Lawrence seaway, while they are wrapping up the final details of the investigation," said Yorde. In the past ships have sat at anchor for a few days, but the length of time that the Cornelia had been anchored was unusual. The port of Authority says they received over a hundred calls regarding the ship. "It was really heartwarming to hear calls from just the general public, can I bake Christmas cookies? Can I deliver fruit and vegetables, what do they need? And I had to remind everybody that these are international vessels, the mariners are accustomed to being at sea," said Yorde. The Cornelia came back in to the dock to refuel and re-stock their food supply before leaving. Report with Video www.fox21online.c... (6 days ago, by arnekiel )

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