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Duluth Cargo Connect selected as finalist for Heavy Lift honor

July 19, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. — Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International recently named Duluth Cargo Connect a finalist for the publication’s 2019 Port/Terminal Operator of the Year Award. Winners in 11 categories will be announced Oct. 15 in Antwerp, Belgium.

HLPFI established the Heavy Lift Awards to recognize excellence in complex logistics, transport and engineering projects around the world. Duluth Cargo Connect, a collaboration of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing, operates the Clure Public Marine Terminal and is one of four finalists for the Heavy Lift Port/Terminal Operator of the Year Award .

“Regardless of what happens in October, we’re honored to be on the judges’ shortlist of finalists,” said Jonathan Lamb, president of Duluth Cargo Connect. “It’s a worldwide pool of ports and operators vying for this award, so being chosen among the final four is an achievement.”

Judges based their finalist selections on the following criteria:
• Demonstrated safe and efficient handling of oversize cargo.
• Investment in new equipment and facilities for the storing and handling of oversize cargoes.
• Maintenance of existing facilities.
• Minimized wait time for customers.

Specializing in breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo, Duluth Cargo Connect manages some of the Great Lakes’ most complex and sizable cargoes while delivering supply chain cost-savings to regional and international customers. The 120-acre Clure Public Marine Terminal is a multimodal hub for these arrivals and departures. It features seven Seaway-depth vessel-docking berths, four Class 1 railroads with on-dock rail, a mobile 300-ton crawler crane, and twin 81-ton gantry cranes. The facility is also home to Foreign Trade Zone No. 51, along with more than 430,000 square feet of warehouse storage and 40-plus acres of secured outdoor ground storage.

“We have an outstanding team that believes in going the extra mile for customers and providing value-added services they can’t get elsewhere,” said Lamb. “That team and its level of commitment, combined with our excellent facilities, help set us apart.”


Approximately 900 vessels and 35 million short tons of cargo move through the Port of Duluth-Superior each year, making it the Great Lakes’ largest tonnage port and one of the nation’s top 20. The Port supports 8,000 jobs and contributes $1.4 billion in business revenue to the regional economy. Learn more at