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Midseason Tonnage Report: Lows and highs during a pandemic

September 17, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — After an early summer surge, maritime tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior slowed atypically in August, amidst a tepid recovery from COVID-induced lows. Total tonnage stood 31 percent behind the 2019 pace through Aug. 31, driven primarily by declines in coal and iron ore tonnage (down 59 percent and 26 percent, respectively). The… Read more »

Jeff Stollenwerk

EPA selects Stollenwerk for federal Great Lakes advisory board

June 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today its appointees to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, a federal committee established to provide ongoing recommendations regarding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. The appointees included Jeff Stollenwerk, Duluth Seaway Port Authority director of government… Read more »

Port of Duluth-Superior gains second consecutive Pacesetter Award

May 6, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced today the recipients of its Pacesetter Award for international cargo tonnage increases during the 2019 shipping season. That pentad included the Port of Duluth-Superior, which earned Pacesetter honors for the second consecutive year. Four of Duluth-Superior’s six cargo categories posted season-over-season tonnage increases in 2019.… Read more »

Season’s first saltie scheduled to arrive in Duluth tonight

April 8, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The first oceangoing vessel of 2020 is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior tonight at approximately 8 p.m. Federal Churchill, a 656-foot ice-class 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 en route to the Great… Read more »

Officers elected at Duluth Seaway Port Authority annual meeting

April 7, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – During its annual meeting held March 25, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners elected officers for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020. The board re-elected Rick Revoir to serve his second year as president. Other appointments included Tony Sertich as vice president, Patrick Boyle as secretary, Norm Voorhees as treasurer and Mike Jugovich as assistant treasurer. Together with fellow board… Read more »

Shipping season begins with COVID-19 precautions in place

March 26, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season opened this week, as the vital flow of goods and raw materials began transiting the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, gateway between Lake Superior and the lower lakes. This marine highway, in connection with the St. Lawrence Seaway, provides an essential transportation service that moves more… Read more »

Pete Stauber

Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million MARAD grant for warehouse expansion, dock wall rehab

February 11, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration allocated a $10.5 million grant to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. This Port Infrastructure Development Program grant will help fund construction of a 56,000-square-foot, rail-served warehouse at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, along with rehabilitation of 1,775 lineal… Read more »

2019 Season Summary: Grain gain, heavy lifts boost tonnage totals

February 10, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third highest throughput since 2015. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonnage gains.  General cargo, comprised of project cargoes, breakbulk and heavy-lift industrial pieces, led the way with… Read more »

Duluth achieves wind energy cargo record

November 5, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. — The final inbound wind energy cargo vessel of 2019 off-loaded at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal recently, and her cargo helped set a record. In total, the Port of Duluth welcomed 306,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo in 2019, a single-season record. This hefty haul eclipsed the previous high of 302,000 freight tons… Read more »