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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Reports Strong 2020 Navigation Season

January 19, 2021

American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system reported that overall tonnage during the 2020 navigation season was down just 1.7 percent compared to the 2019 navigation season, despite facing a challenging year. Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said, “The Seaway’s 62nd navigation…

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Port Spotlight Series: Port Of Duluth-Superior Breaks Record For Wind Cargo

January 7, 2021

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2021) – Like other American ports across the Great Lakes, the Port of Duluth-Superior witnessed an increase in wind cargo arrivals this shipping season, as well as a boost in agricultural exports. The grain gains were modest in Duluth-Superior – tracking 1-2 percent ahead of the 2019 pace and the five-season…

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The Tools to Compete: Comparing State-Level Assistance Programs for Great Lakes Commercial Ports

December 23, 2020

‘The Tools to Compete’ Report Compares State-Level Assistance Programs for Great Lakes Commercial Ports   A comparative research analysis evaluating state-level support in six Great Lakes states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan reveals significant inequities in state investment for commercial port infrastructure compared to coastal ports. The Tools to Compete: Comparing State-Level Assistance…

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Record Year For Wind Parts Helps Salvage Port Season In Duluth

December 1, 2020

With iron ore and coal markets depressed, the port’s handling of 525,000 freight tons of wind-energy components smashed last year’s record of 306,000 freight tons. The season’s final foreign ship carrying wind energy parts to the Port of Duluth-Superior came and went last week — and along with the Liberia-flagged BBC Swift went another record-setting…

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Another Record Season For Wind Turbine Shipments At Duluth Port

November 19, 2020

About 525,000 tons of blades and tower parts will move through the harbor this year. DULUTH – Massive wind turbine blades that will one day tower above Midwestern prairies hovered atop oversized truck beds along the Duluth harbor last week as they awaited the final leg of their journey. Once these parts are trucked away…

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U.S. Agriculture Builds Momentum in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

November 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2020) – Amidst a challenging 2020 navigation season, overall tonnage across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is down 7.9 percent compared to this time last year. From the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020, American and Canadian ports handled a total of…

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Northern Michigan From Above: Freighters On The Great Lakes

October 27, 2020

There has been an influx of international freighters on the Great Lakes this shipping season, many transporting wind turbine parts. Most have been dropping off the parts in Duluth to be transported by ground to wind farms in the northern plains. In Northern Michigan From Above, Jim Lehocky shows us several different freighters hauling the…

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Walker Appointed To Port Authority Board Of Commissioners

October 20, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth City Council last week appointed Tyrone Walker to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Walker, an ironworker with Lakehead Constructors and Ironworkers Local 512, succeeds Norm Voorhees, whose final term on the board concluded in early October. Raised in Chicago, Walker relocated to Duluth in 2015 after earning his…

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Midseason Tonnage Report: Lows And Highs During A Pandemic

September 17, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — After an early summer surge, maritime tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior slowed atypically in August, amidst a tepid recovery from COVID-induced lows. Total tonnage stood 31 percent behind the 2019 pace through Aug. 31, driven primarily by declines in coal and iron ore tonnage (down 59 percent and 26 percent, respectively).…

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The St. Lawrence Seaway System: U.S. Farmers’ Key Advantage for Competing Globally

September 16, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System traded with a total of 32 countries in August. Shipments of commodities including wind energy components and gypsum remained strong, while exports of agricultural products picked up pace. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020—increased…

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Minnesota’s Port On ‘Hwy H2O’

August 10, 2020

Port of Duluth-Superior was a major grain trade focus in the 1980s. Market shifts have cut the lake trade volume as market supply and demand has shifted.     DULUTH, Minn. — In 1985, the Port of Duluth-Superior was the key focus of grain exports from the Upper Midwest, and the first cover story when…

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A New Way To See Grain Movements In Port Of Duluth-Superior

July 26, 2020

Once capable of moving 10 million tons of grain on the water annually, the local Port Authority explains how market adjustments have made for a modern capacity that continues to have untold reach.     Earlier this summer, a reader wrote in wondering how there could be such a disparity between grain shipments in Thunder…

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Highway H20 Keeps Essential Cargoes Flowing Smoothly

June 8, 2020

As countries around the world went into lockdown due to COVID-19 earlier this year, the marine network known as Highway H20 — a massive, 3,700-kilometre stretch of connected waterways including the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway — did not miss a beat. Highway H20 is the world’s longest deep-draft inland waterway, stretching from the head…

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EPA Selects Stollenwerk For Federal Great Lakes Advisory Board

June 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today its appointees to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, a federal committee established to provide ongoing recommendations regarding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. The appointees included Jeff Stollenwerk, Duluth Seaway Port Authority director…

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Local View: Commercial Shipping’s Value To Twin Ports, Nation Can’t Be Overstated

May 22, 2020

  As our world persists during this global pandemic, we gratefully acknowledge the essential services performed by our nation’s maritime workers to keep commerce and cargo moving while also supporting our regional economy during a time of peril. Friday was National Maritime Day, which commemorated the 201st anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic steamship crossing. This…

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