Port of Duluth-Superior receives award for shipping season tonnage increase


The Duluth-Superior Port has received an award for seeing an increase in international cargo tonnage increase during the 2018 shipping season.

The Pacesetter award, which is given by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, was presented to port officials Wednesday.

Officials say the Duluth-Superior port saw an 11.5% increase of international cargo shipments, with most of the increase coming from a 19% increase in grain.

The Twin Ports was one of eight ports across the country to earn the honor, which include the following:

  • Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority
  • Port Milwaukee (Wisconsin)
  • The Port of Monroe (Michigan)
  • The Port of Muskegon (Michigan)
  • The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (New York)
  • The Port of Oswego (New York)
  • The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Ohio).

“The 2018 season saw the highest cargo tonnage on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System in more than a decade, with nearly 41 million tons of cargo shipped – a 7 percent increase over 2017,” said St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook. “Our ports are making great contributions to the region, the nation and the world, and we’re certainly pleased to recognize Duluth-Superior among the eight Pacesetter Award recipients.”

Since the award was created, only the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has earned more Pacesetter Award, which has earned 18, than the Port of Duluth-Superior, which has earned 17.