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Opening Day 2021 in Port of Duluth-Superior as First Saltie Arrives


The first saltie’s arrival each season is a reminder that the Port of Duluth-Superior is truly mid-America’s gateway to the world. Located 2,342 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, Duluth-Superior is the Great Lakes top tonnage port and one of the nation’s top 20. It links North America’s heartland to regional and overseas markets, enabling manufacturers and cargo owners to serve and compete in the global marketplace,

2020 GRAIN TONNAGE STRONG

Port of Duluth-Superior 2020 grain tonnage approached 1.4 million short tons, finishing near its 2019 total and slightly above the five-season average. Combined with the record amount of wind cargo, this helped generate 85 overseas vessel arrivals to the port in 2020, equaling the 2019 total, which was the highest since 2010, noted the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

For the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System as a whole, grain tonnage jumped 27% season-over-season, helping offset drops in other cargo categories and keeping 2020 Seaway tonnage nearly level with its 2019 total.

Shipments to Duluth leave the U.S. through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes during navigation season. North Dakota Wheat Commission website notes that approximately 7% of U.S. spring wheat and approximately 36% of the durum leaves from the ports in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway region.

“Arrival of the season’s first full Seaway transit is a true sign of spring and also of the prosperity these great ships help deliver to our region,” said DeLuca. For reference, the latest arrival of the port’s first saltie was May 7, 2014, and the earliest was March 30, 2013.

Here is the Duluth Cam video of the Federal Biscay entering the Duluth Ship Canal Sunday, April 18: https://www.duluthharborcam.com/…

Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com

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