Shipping Season Ends, 6 Lakers Here for Winter

Updated: January 15, 2019 07:01 PM

The folks who love to watch the big boats sail under the lift bridge will have to wait until March for that to happen again.

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According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, the final vessel to arrive for winter layup was the Kaye E. Barker, around 2:30am on Tuesday.

She and three others are doing layup at Fraser Shipyards. There is also one at Midwest Energy, and another at Elevator M in Superior.

That means a total of six will be here for the winter months. Crews will work on maintenance and repair, to get the vessels ready for their next journeys.

Tonnage is expected to come in around 32 million tons, with iron ore and grain seeing good numbers. Coal was down a bit, according to the port authority.

Adele Yorde, Director of Public Relations for the port, explained, "It was a nice strong year, a great year for iron ore. Iron ore is running well over 25% over the 5 year average, which shows a strong demand for steel."

In fact, the last cargo that left was pellets on Sunday morning.

As for other notable events for the year, Yorde added that they saw their first shipment of soybeans in a decade.

As for when you can watch those lakers and salties arrive again? The Soo Locks open again on March 25th.

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