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Final Saltie of the Season Leaves the Port

Updated: 12/19/2013 10:45 PM
Created: 12/19/2013 9:58 AM WDIO.com

The last oceangoing vessel to call on the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2013 shipping season sailed out under the Aerial Lift Bridge Thursday night. 

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority said the Orsula arrived Sunday to load a total of nearly 22,000 metric tons of durum wheat at the CHS and Gavilon grain terminals in Superior.

Bound for Italy, the Orsula will be the last saltie to make a full transit this season of the 2,340-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Laker traffic will continue on the Great Lakes for a few more weeks as the Soo Locks won't officially close to vessel traffic until midnight on January 15.

Those locks are scheduled to reopen for the 2014 shipping season on March 25, the same day as the Montreal-Lake Ontario and Welland Canal sections of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Photo by Robert Welton
courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority

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