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2021 Season Summary: Iron ore leads tonnage upsurge

January 31, 2022

DULUTH, Minn. — Rebounding from pandemic-induced lows in 2020, total maritime tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior climbed to 32.9 million short tons in 2021. This total represented a 27 percent season-over-season increase and a 2.3 percent improvement over the five-season average. Iron ore, the port’s leading cargo by tonnage, led the upswing. The total… Read more »

Jugovich reappointed to Port Authority Board of Commissioners

January 28, 2022

DULUTH, Minn. — The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners recently reappointed Mike Jugovich to a second term on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Originally appointed to complete the remaining term of former Port Authority commissioner and current United States Congressman Pete Stauber on Jan. 8, 2019, Jugovich’s reappointment is a six-year… Read more »

Expanded maritime container capability now available at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal

October 21, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — Port officials announced today that Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal now has the ability to handle significantly larger volumes of international shipping containers transported by vessel, in an expansion that will augment existing road- and rail-based intermodal container service under the Duluth Cargo Connect banner. Through recent investments in infrastructure and capabilities… Read more »

Updated study reveals increasing benefits from industrial sector

August 30, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — Building on a 2018 study by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), the Duluth Seaway Port Authority today released updated information compiled by Northspan highlighting the economic value and social significance of Duluth’s industrial sector. The 2019 data, representing the most recent available, not only support the previous findings (which… Read more »

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority climbs in Green Marine environmental rating

August 10, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Seaway Port Authority and its terminal operations on Rice’s Point earned high marks in the recently released Green Marine 2020 environmental performance report, improving from a 3.8 rating in 2019 to a 4.0 score on Green Marine’s five-point scale. The overall average for reporting participants was 2.9. The annual report… Read more »

DeLuca honored by University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies

May 19, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies presented Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb DeLuca with its 2021 Distinguished Service Award today at a virtual ceremony led by CTS Interim Director Dawn Hood. The William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to a private sector professional in the… Read more »

Season’s first saltie scheduled to arrive Sunday in Duluth

April 17, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — The first oceangoing vessel of the 2021 maritime shipping season is scheduled to arrive Sunday afternoon in the Port of Duluth-Superior, likely by 3 p.m. Federal Biscay, a 656-foot bulk carrier owned by Montréal-based Fednav, will earn the First Ship distinction, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway… Read more »

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Officers elected at Duluth Seaway Port Authority annual meeting

April 7, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — During its annual meeting held March 31, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners elected officers for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2021. The board elected Tony Sertich to serve as president, succeeding Rick Revoir, who remains a board member along with Ray Klosowski. Other officer appointments included Yvonne Prettner… Read more »

Prettner Solon reappointed to Port Authority Board of Commissioners

March 5, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz this week reappointed Yvonne Prettner Solon to a third term on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Prettner Solon served previously on the board as a Duluth City Council appointee from 1990-1994, including a term as board president in 1993. She later became Minnesota’s 47th lieutenant… Read more »

Opening dates set for 2021 navigation season

February 17, 2021

St. Lawrence Seaway officials issued Seaway Notice No. 1 earlier this week, establishing opening dates for the upcoming Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System navigation season. The Welland Canal, which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, is scheduled to open March 19 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, followed by the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section, which is scheduled… Read more »