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Final ‘lakers’ of 2018 shipping season head toward Twin Ports

DULUTH, MN– As the 2018 shipping season comes to an end, the final seven ships are scheduled to arrive in the Duluth-Superior Port over the next week.

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie will close for the season at midnight on January 15, meaning people hoping to catch a glimpse of the ships should expect them sometime between Wednesday and early next week.

The Algoma’s Tim S. Dool arrived on New Year’s Day and is already in storage at Fraser Shipyards.

Here’s the list of the other seven ships to dock in the Twin Ports and where they will be stored:

  • H.Lee White (Fraser Shipyards)
  • American Century (Enbridge Dock)
  • American Spirit (Fraser Shipyards)
  • Mesabi Miner (Midwest Energy)
  • Kaye E. Barker (Fraser Shipyards)
  • Lee A. Tregurtha (Fraser Shipyards)
  • Burns Harbor (Elevator “M” Dock)

“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a strong note,” Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s executive director, said.

“Through November, grain volume was up 22 percent over last year, and shipments of Minnesota iron ore were outpacing the five-year average by over 25 percent. While coal loadings have dropped significantly in recent years, iron ore shipments have picked up pace-already at 18.4 million short tons through November. With Great Lakes traffic continuing well into January, we anticipate the Port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons to close out the 2018 shipping season,” Deluca said.

Through the end of November 2018, the tonnage amount of cargo in the Duluth-Superior port was down slightly from 2017. Coal and other cargo saw a decrease in production, however, grain and iron ore saw an increase in production.

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Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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