Minnesota

First vessel enters Twin Ports for winter layup

December 23, 2019

The John J. Boland entered dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior Friday for winter layup. The 680-foot laker John J. Boland came to Fraser Shipyards in Superior Friday, making it the first vessel to arrive in the Twin Ports for winter layup this season. Vessels will continue to arrive for winter layup and maintenance…

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St. Lawrence Seaway traffic keeps pace with five-year average

December 19, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced that traffic is on pace with the Seaway’s five-year average. Through November, Great Lakes vessel operators moved a combined 34.04 million metric tons of cargo. Year-to-date overall tonnage is 6.4 percent behind 2018’s record-breaking season (compared to this time last year). As the navigation season nears its end, dry…

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U.S. House Approves Funding for New Soo Lock

December 18, 2019

Plans to build a new Soo lock just took another step forward. The U.S. House approved funding for its construction Tuesday afternoon. It’s part of a more than $1 trillion year-end government appropriations bill that will fund the federal government through the end of next September. The Soo Locks will get more than $75 million…

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Port of Duluth-Superior Celebrating Another Record Breaking Year

December 18, 2019

The port also saw a record amount of wind energy products with 306,000 freight tons, the most ever into Duluth. The Port of Duluth-Superior’s shipping season is drawing to a close and the Great Lakes busiest port is still a very busy place. According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority the port is on pace…

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Shipping crunch like Santa: ‘Deliveries to make’

December 17, 2019

Duluth-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder arrived home Monday to aid industry as it nears the end of the 2019-2020 shipping season. Crunch time arrived on the Great Lakes last weekend, as more than a dozen lake freighters sailed into the Twin Ports, Two Harbors and Silver Bay — a sign of increased intensity as…

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Port’s cargo handling hauls in award in Belgium

December 3, 2019

Duluth Cargo Connect officials called from Antwerp on Tuesday with news that its bundled water, rail and roadway services won a major international award. The port of Duluth hauled in worldwide acclaim on Tuesday. Duluth Cargo Connect was selected 2019 Worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year, in Antwerp, Belgium, by the publication “Heavy Lift and…

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Iron Range Ore Used in Steel for New Laker

November 15, 2019

Once complete, the ship will be the first new laker since 1983. Construction of the first U.S.-flagged laker in more than 35 years is underway, and it’s using steel produced from Minnesota iron ore. Commissioned by the Interlake Steamship Company, the future 639-foot freighter will be capable of carrying 28,000 gross tons of cargo and is being…

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Duluth Achieves Wind Energy Cargo Record

November 12, 2019

The final inbound wind energy cargo vessel of 2019 off-loaded at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal recently, and her cargo helped set a record. In total, the Port of Duluth welcomed 306,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo in 2019, a single-season record. This hefty haul eclipsed the previous high of 302,000 freight tons set…

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Port of Duluth-Superior seeing record-breaking year

November 11, 2019

DULUTH, MN — Having a record year. That’s the message from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in the midst of the shipping season. “It’s been a good season so far. It’s been solid,” said Jayson Hron, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Hron said thanks to Mother Nature’s force the shipping…

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Duluth Sets Wind Energy Record

November 8, 2019

The port of Duluth has seen 306,000 freight tons of wind energy components traverse its docks in 2019 – a single-season record for the North American gateway. The final wind energy delivery of 2019 saw BigLift Shipping’s Happy River call at the Clure Public Marine Terminal to offload 42 wind turbine tower sections, helping Duluth surpass its previous…

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Soo Locks Upgrade Looks For State Funding

November 5, 2019

ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) – The head of a company that operates huge freighters between Duluth-Superior and other Great Lakes ports says they’re in “very preliminary discussions” with state lawmakers about Minnesota helping fund a major upgrade of the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Interlake Steamship Company President Mark Barker warns if the…

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STATES PUSH SOO LOCK FUNDING ON CAPITOL HILL

November 1, 2019

In partnership with AGLPA and the Lake Carriers Association, the Conference of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers sponsored a lobbying day at the U.S. Capitol on October 17th to push for efficient funding of the new Soo Lock project. Vanta Coda, CEO of Ports of Indiana, represented Great Lakes ports at the event. The Congressional…

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St. Lawrence Seaway shipping boosted by diverse cargo mix

October 30, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include: Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke —…

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Duluth Cargo Connect wins worldwide Heavy Lift Award

October 30, 2019

Today in Antwerp, Belgium, Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International selected Duluth Cargo Connect as the publication’s 2019 Worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year. An international panel of industry experts selected the award winners. HLPFI established the Heavy Lift Awards to recognize excellence in complex logistics, transport and engineering projects around the world. Duluth Cargo…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Highlights Economic Impact

October 26, 2019

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership hosted Capitol Day in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday to meet with Governor Tim Walz and other key legislators to share insights on the critical role of the Great Lakes Seaway system in maintaining a vibrant regional, national and global economy. “Commercial navigation on the Great Lakes Seaway system is an…

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