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Port Operations and Facilities

Everything you need to know about the Port of Duluth-Superior.

The Port of Duluth-Superior is located at the westernmost tip of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. At 2,342 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, it is North America’s farthest-inland freshwater seaport and the Great Lakes’ cargo capital.

A nine-mile natural breakwater shelters the port’s 49 miles of harbor frontage. Twenty privately owned bulk cargo docks and an award-winning general cargo terminal populate the working waterfront, along with a marine fueling depot, a shipyard with dry docks, and multiple tug and barge services.

Duluth-Superior is a diversified multimodal shipping hub, offering global cargo transport through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, a land-based intermodal cargo terminal, free-flowing major highways and direct Class I rail service to the East, West and Gulf Coasts.

Port Facilities

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Azcon Metals

630 Helberg Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

www.azcon.net

Lynn Bergstedt, General Manager

lynnb@azcon.net

218.722.7703

Commodities: Scrap Iron and Metals

C. Reiss Terminal

50th Ave. W. & Lesure
PO Box 16718
Duluth, MN 55816

Michelle Joki, Office Supervisor

michelle.joki@thecreiss.com

218.628.2371

Commodities: Coal, Dry Bulk, Salt, Stone and Aggregate

Superior Refining Co., LLC Duluth Marine Terminal

1400 Port Terminal Drive
PO Box 16171
Duluth, MN 55816

Rodney Graham, Lead Operator

rodney.graham@huskyenergy.com

218.727.8430

Commodities: Liquid Bulk

CN – Supply Chain Solutions

Bulk Material Services-Duluth
212 S. 37th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55807

www.cn.ca/en/

Lou Weichseldorfer, Port Manager

louis.weichseldorfer@cn.ca

218.628.4690

Commodities: Dry Bulk, Iron Ore/Taconite Pellets, Stone and Aggregate

Clure Public Marine Terminal

Operated by Lake Superior Warehousing

1210 Port Terminal Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

Jonathan Lamb, LSW President

jonathan.lamb@duluthcargo.com

218.727.6646

Commodities: Dry Bulk, General Cargo, Heavy Lift, Wind Energy Components

Compass Minerals

1100 West Railroad Street
Duluth, MN 55802

www.compassminerals.com

Mark LaLiberte, Plant Manager

Lalibertem@compassminerals.com

218.740.5137

CRH US

1100 Port Terminal Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

www.lafargeholcim.com

Dave Sobczak, Plant Manager

Dave.Sobczak@us.crh.com

218.726.1371

Commodities: Cement, Dry Bulk

DECC

350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

decc.org

Joe Tarnowski, Director of Operations

jtarnowski@decc.org

218.623.1237

Duluth Lake Port

602 Helberg Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Owner

Jonathan Lamb, LSW President
jonathan.lamb@duluthcargo.com

218.727.8525

Commodities: Grain

Duluth Storage

250 Garfield Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802

ceresglobalagcorp.com

Jim Lehto, Facility Manager

jlehto@riverlandag.com

218.727.7219

Commodities: Dry Bulk, Grain

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

802 Garfield Avenue
Duluth, MN 55802

www.duluthport.com

Deb DeLuca, Executive Director

ddeluca@duluthport.com

218.727.8525

Erie Pier

2305 W. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

www.duluthport.com

Dean Lembke, Facilities Manager

218.727.8525

General Mills Operations, Elevator A

200 Garfield Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802

Andrew “Andy” Waldbillig, Facility Manager

andrew.waldbillig@genmills.com

218.722.7759

Commodities: Grain

Great Lakes Aquarium

353 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

glaquarium.org

Jay Walker, Executive Director

Jwalker@glaquarium.org

218.740.3474

Wisconsin Central Ltd. / Hallett Dock 5

303 S. 37th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55807

Chuck Wicklund, Port Manager

charles.wicklund@cn.ca

218.628.2281

Commodities: Coal, Dry Bulk, Fertilizer, Iron Ore/Taconite Pellets, Salt, Scrap Iron and Metals, Stone and Aggregate

Hallett Dock 6

710 S. 59th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55807

www.hallettdock.com

Jeff Heller

Jeff.Heller@northshoretrack.com

218.391.1776

Commodities: Coal, Stone and Aggregate

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

600 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

www.lsmma.com

218.788.6430

Northland Pier

35 Helberg Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

www.northlandconstructors.com

Greg Fredlund

Gregfredlund@northlandconstructors.com

218.722.8170

Commodities: Stone and Aggregate

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Duluth Area Office
600 Lake Avenue South
Duluth, MN 55802

www.usace.army.mil

Steven Brossart, Area Engineer

Steven.J.Brossart@usace.army.mil

218.720.5260 ext 35266

USCG Station MSU

515 W. 1st St., Ste. 145
Duluth, MN 55802

Commander Frances M. Smith – Commanding Officer – Captain of the Port – Officer-In-Charge Marine Inspection

frances.m.smith@uscg.mil

218.725.3800

USCG Station

1201 Minnesota Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802

LCDR Justin M. Erdman – Commanding Officer

justin.m.erdman@uscg.mil

218.529.3115

Vista Fleet

323 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

www.vistafleet.com

Colleen Smith, General Manager

csmith@vistafleet.com

218.529.8703

BNSF Railway Dock 5

2304 N. 28th St.
Superior, WI 54880

www.bnsf.com

Robert “Lee” Maske, Taconite Facility Manager

robert.maske@bnsf.com

715.394.1333

Commodities: Dry Bulk, Iron Ore/Taconite Pellets

CHS

41 Dock St.
PO Box 518
Superior, WI 54880

www.chsinc.com

Daniel Vandenhouten, Facility Manager

daniel.vandenhouten@chsinc.com

715.392.4734

Commodities: Dry Bulk, Grain

Fraser Shipyards

1 Clough Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

www.frasershipyards.com

Derek Tanula, Yard Superintendent

dtanula@frasershipyards.com

715.395.6557

Gavilon Grain, LLC

Connors Point Terminal
400 N. Main
PO Box 13655
Superior, WI 54880

www.gavilon.com

Jeff Blaskowski, Manager

jeff.blaskowski@gavilon.com

715.392.9853

Commodities: Dry Bulk, Grain

General Mills Operations, Elevator S & X

St. Louis Bay
Superior, WI 54880

Andrew “Andy” Waldbillig, Facility Manager

andrew.waldbillig@genmills.com

715.392.4462

Commodities: Dry Bulk, Grain

Graymont (WI) LLC.

Hill Ave. & Winter St.
Superior, WI 54880

www.graymont.com/en

Phil Marquis, Plant Manager

pmarquis@graymont.com

715.392.5146

Commodities: Coal, Dry Bulk, Stone and Aggregate

Hallett Dock 8 LLC

3200 Winter Street
Superior, WI 54880

www.hallettdock8.com

Eric Nitti

Enitti@halletdock8.com

715.395.0189

Commodities: Coal, Dry Bulk, Liquid Bulk, Salt, Stone and Aggregate

Hansen-Mueller Superior Elevator

PO Box 2085
21 21st Avenue East
Superior, WI 54880

www.hmgrain.com

George Persgaurd

Georgepersgaurd@hansenmueller.com

Commodities: Grain

Lafarge North America, Superior

3 Hill Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

www.lafarge-na.com

Michael Pappas, Terminal Manager

michael.pappas@lafarge-na.com

715.392.6284

Commodities: Cement, Dry Bulk

MERC (Superior Midwest Energy Terminal)

PO Box 787
2400 W. Winter Street
Superior, WI 54880

www.newlook.dteenergy.com

Marshall Elder, Director – Terminal Operations

melder@dteenergy.com

715.392.9807

Commodities: Coal, Dry Bulk

Working Terminals

Clure Public Marine Terminal

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s Clure Public Marine Terminal is the only breakbulk and general cargo maritime freight facility in the harbor. It covers 120 acres at the center of the Duluth-Superior harbor, with dock faces on three sides at Seaway depth of 27 feet. Whether in- or outbound by water, road or rail, this terminal has facilities, equipment and technology to handle the largest, most complex cargoes with ease.

  • Five general cargo berths; 2,620 linear feet (798.6 meters) of dock wall at Seaway depth
  • On-dock rail with direct access to four Class I rail carriers (BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Union Pacific)
  • Four tracks along the dock wall for direct cargo transfer between ship/truck/rail
  • Loop track for unit train handling and other transloading options
  • Easy access to three major highway corridors, including Interstate 35
  • 430,000 square feet of warehouse capacity
  • 65+ acres of secure outdoor ground storage for cargo staging/assembly
  • Roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) dock
  • Twin rail-mounted, made-in-Duluth gantry cranes; each 90-ton (81-mt) lift capacity, 130-ton (120-mt) in tandem
  • Equipment for efficient ship loading and discharge
  • Foreign Trade Zone No. 51
  • Collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota State Patrol, specialized trucking companies, escort drivers, rail carriers, manufacturers and freight forwarders

The Clure Terminal also includes the CN Duluth Intermodal Terminal, the port’s rail-served, land-based intermodal container hub. This operation is a collaboration between Canadian National and Duluth Cargo Connect, which is the working partnership of the Port Authority and our terminal operator, Lake Superior Warehousing.

Duluth Cargo Connect

By road, rail or sea, Duluth Cargo Connect offers seamless cargo handling, storage, distribution and transportation logistics services for breakbulk, wind energy, heavy lift and other project cargoes moving in and out of North America’s heartland. Duluth Cargo Connect is a full-service partnership between the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, which owns and maintains the Clure Public Marine Terminal assets, and Lake Superior Warehousing, which operates the assets as the Port Authority’s agent. This working partnership connects the region to the world as a multimodal cargo logistics hub. With Duluth Cargo Connect:

  • Containerized imports and exports move via a high-capacity rail network that spans the continent, providing direct service to and from East, West and Gulf Coast ports.
  • Great Lakes freighters and oceangoing ships access a broad menu of terminal services from cargo handling and transshipment to vessel repairs.
  • Cargo moves smoothly via road, rail or sea with multiple Seaway-depth berths, fast turn-times for trucks, free-flowing highways and on-dock rail with direct access to four Class I rail carriers (BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Union Pacific).
  • Shippers can reap the benefits of Foreign Trade Zone No. 51, potentially including duty-free storage and staging.

Heavy Lift Cargo Capital

As the westernmost port on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, Duluth-Superior is a preferred transshipment hub for wind energy components and is recognized worldwide as the Great Lakes’ heaviest-lift port.

All other bulk commodities are handled at privately owned/operated facilities throughout the Port of Duluth-Superior. For a complete listing of dock operators, bulk cargo and grain terminals, vessel agents, freight forwarders and local maritime service providers, please view our Port Directory.

Erie Pier

Originally constructed in 1978 as a confined disposal facility with a limited useful life, Erie Pier has evolved into a long-term Processing and Reuse Facility (PRF) for dredged material from the harbor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operates the 89-acre Erie Pier PRF; the Port Authority is the local sponsor, providing administrative and strategic support, working closely with the USACE.

The Erie Pier Management Plan, created by the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee/Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council, guides the Port Authority’s support of the facility and promotes beneficial use of clean dredged material. All dredged materials are sorted at Erie Pier (based on size) into two grades:

  • Coarse Materials
    Coarse materials, like sand, are used in road construction and other construction projects. These materials meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Tier I standards, which permit use in any upland location. Wisconsin DNR permits the use of this coarse material in public projects anywhere in Douglas County.
  • Fine Materials
    Fine materials, like reclaimed soil, also meet MPCA Tier I standards for re-use, and are used in projects around the Twin Ports and Minnesota’s Iron Range, as well as in case-by-case projects in Wisconsin.

Dredged materials from Erie Pier are available for construction and land reclamation projects. Please contact Dean Lembke, Port Authority facilities manager, for more information at dlembke@duluthport.com or 218.727.8525.

Navigational Channel Maintenance

The Duluth-Superior Harbor is a deep-draft commercial harbor maintained by the USACE. Originally authorized under the Rivers & Harbors Act of June 3, 1896, the harbor includes two 28 to 32 feet-in-depth entries, 27 feet deep commercial route channels, and 20 to 23 feet deep inner channels. In total, the harbor has more than 18 miles of maintained channel that requires dredging of approximately 110,000 cubic yards of material annually. All but a very small percentage of dredged material is clean and is beneficially used for habitat improvement projects, beach nourishment, and upland construction projects. Any contaminated material can be transported to Erie Pier PRF for classification and proper disposal.

Also providing navigation channel maintenance support is the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225-foot cutter, the icebreaker Alder. Duluth is the vessel’s home port. Icebreaking assures safe navigation during the early and late portion of the maritime shipping season. The Alder works with other U.S. and Canadian icebreaking vessels to keep waterways open for commercial traffic, assist vessels transiting ice-filled waterways, and prevent ice-related flooding.

Navigational channels are marked with a series of buoys and beacons that follow the standard “red, right, returning” rule. Navigating the lower harbor can be confusing due to the split flows toward the Duluth and Superior entries. Boaters should familiarize themselves with the navigation rules found at uscgboating.org before entering the harbor.

Available Port Properties

Take Your Business to the Port

Businesses thrive in Duluth-Superior, and we have inland sites available for immediate development. Contact the Duluth Seaway Port Authority for more information about specific sites and unique financing packages, including:

  • New construction/speculative projects.
  • Ground lease.
  • Straight-up lease with rent and fees.
  • Vacant land development.
  • Acquisition of existing buildings.

Regional Infrastructure

As North America’s furthest inland seaport, the Port of Duluth-Superior serves a diverse and vibrant region. With easy access to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, three major highway systems and four Class I railroads, businesses can move products efficiently.

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council plays a prominent role in regional infrastructure decisions, partnering with elected officials, agencies, planners, engineers, businesses and residents to create and maintain an effective and equitable transportation system.

Regional Industries

Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin support a variety of industries, including aviation and aerospace, technology, healthcare, professional services, energy, manufacturing, mining, tourism, forest products, transportation and logistics, and more.

Regional Workforce

The region’s highly skilled and educated workforce stands ready to support growing industries and companies.

Northland Connection and NORTHFORCE are helpful sources for additional information about our region, including demographics, workforce and available real estate.