2019 Shipping Season Opens

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Ports of Duluth & Superior Open

Wednesday’s arrival of United States Coast Guard Cutters Alder and Mackinaw signaled that the 2019 commercial shipping season is soon to commence for the Port of Duluth-Superior and the entire region, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

The Alder and Mackinaw made their way across Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, opening a 100-foot lane in the ice that will be widened soon by Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley in support of breakout efforts that will also include local tugs from the Great Lakes Towing Company and Heritage Marine. Those efforts will help six vessels berthed in Duluth-Superior get underway downbound with loads in the coming days. Those vessels include (vessel name/winter layup location):

  •  American Spirit (Lakehead Pipeline Dock; Superior.)
  • H. Lee White (Hansen-Mueller Elevator M; Superior)
  • Kaye E. Barker (Fraser Shipyard; Superior)
  • Lee A. Tregurtha (Fraser Shipyard; Superior.)
  • Mesabi Miner (Superior Midwest Energy Terminal; Superior)
  • Tim S. Dool (Fraser Shipyard; Superior)

The Kaye E. Barker is expected to sail..


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