Shipping Season Drawing to a Close at Twin Ports

Shipping Season Drawing to a Close at Twin Ports Photo: WDIO-TV

January 03, 2018 08:38 AM

Lake freighters are stacking up near the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin waiting for their turn to drop off shipments or take on loads before the Soo Locks close in less than two weeks. The days of open water are numbered.

Ore boats have turned the Duluth harbor into somewhat of a parking lot. Jim Sharrow, director of port planning and resiliency of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, told WDIO-TV frigid temperatures are slowing the process down. It takes longer to load and the docks run into more problems when it's so cold.


The freighter Thunder Bay dropped off a shipment of salt Tuesday as spectators watched before heading back out to pick up more cargo in Two Harbors.

The boats will have to leave by the 13th or 14th because if they run into bad weather, they'll be stuck and several vessels have gotten stuck in the ice already.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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