Shipping season winds down in Port of Duluth-Superior; last lakers heading in for winter layup

Friday, January 13, 2017

UPDATE:  There will be 1 more outbound vessel loading in the Twin Ports this weekend after all .. A last Canadian laker - the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin - is heading into Port on Sunday to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF Railway Dock in Superior for an intra-lake delivery (presumably to the steel mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) after which the vessel likely will lay-up for the winter in Thunder Bay. 

           Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. (1/13/17)—The 2016 Great Lakes commercial shipping season is wrapping up this weekend with the Soo Locks (at Sault Ste. Marie) set to close at midnight Sunday, Jan. 15.           
           Boatwatchers will be lining the Duluth Ship Canal trying to catch glimpses of the last four freighters heading into the Port of Duluth-Superior for winter layup:  the Philip R. Clarke, the Arthur M. Anderson, the Lee A. Tregurtha and the Roger Blough. The last two downbound vessels left the Twin Ports this morning: the CSL Thunder Bay and the John B. Aird.
            According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there is light ice covering just 12.2 percent of the Great Lakes at this point, which is not hindering navigation. A switch in wind speed/direction tomorrow may slow down transits a bit across Lake Superior, but all four freighters are expected in Port tomorrow and Sunday
. In all, nine (9) U.S.-flag lakers will be wintering in the Twin Ports this year:

VESSEL                                                   DOCK/ LOCATION                                   ARRIVAL

American Century
                    ClureTerminal Berth 11           1/03/17
American Spirit                        Clure Terminal Berth 8/9         1/07/17
Burns Harbor                           Enbridge Dock                         1/09/17
Herbert C. Jackson                  Fraser Shipyards                     1/10/17
Paul R. Tregurtha                     Midwest Energy                      1/10/17
Philip R. Clarke                        Clure Terminal Berth 1
Arthur M. Anderson                  CN Dock (east side of 6)
Lee A. Tregurtha                      Fraser Shipyards
Roger Blough                           Clure Terminal Berth 4

            Throughput for the 2016 shipping season is projected to be just over 30 million short tons, down slightly from last season. Shipments of iron ore finally picked up in the last couple of months, up nearly 7 percent from this time last year. A surge in the volume of grain moving out of the Twin Ports during the last half of the shipping season pushed grain stats for the season 27 percent ahead of five-year averages. Note: The last “saltie” of the 2016 season, the Andean, departed Duluth on Dec. 22 to make her way through the Great Lakes-Seaway system before the Seaway locks closed for the season at the end of December. 
            Project cargo movements were steady throughout the year, and Duluth Seaway Port Authority officials are looking ahead to 2017 with optimism for additional cargoes moving across its Clure Public Terminal, what with its $18 million dock expansion project complete and multiple shipments of wind energy components on the horizon for spring deliveries.              

NOTE:  All vessel arrival/departure times are estimates and may change without notice 

The Port of Duluth-Superior moves roughly 38 million tons of cargo on average each year - iron ore, coal, grain, limestone, cement and salt, plus breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo. As the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes, shipping through the Port of Duluth-Superior helps support 11,500 jobs and contributes over $1.5 billion in business revenues to the local/regional economy. For more info:

Contact:  Adele Yorde, PR Director  218.727.8525 or 218.390.6973 (cell) 

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