Duluth-Superior port on pace for banner year

Wheat, wind turbines helping boost tonnage total while high-water levels present “challenge and opportunity”

An increase in overseas wheat exports from the port of Duluth-Superior is keeping the port’s overall tonnage on pace to beat its 2018 totals and five-year average.

Through Aug. 31, exports of grain were up 5% compared to the same time last year, mainly with grain from western Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to a Chamber of Marine Commerce news release.

Shipments of iron ore and wind turbine components were also near-record pace.

“Cargo movement in the Port of Duluth-Superior remained brisk through August,” said Jayson Hron, a Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokesperson, in the release. “Iron ore led the way, finishing the month more than 15 percent ahead of the five-year average and within 2 percent of last season’s pace, which was a 23-season high. We also welcomed several shipments of wind energy cargo in August, continuing a near-record pace for that particular cargo.”

SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune