Inside the Port of Duluth

The ore carrier Whitefish Bay turns toward it's dock in the Duluth Harbor as the Historic Areal Lift Bridge decends to it's normal level.

DULUTH — Iron ore pellets produced at Iron Range taconite plants made up the bulk of tonnage shipped from the Port of Duluth-Superior during the 2018 shipping season.

Shipments of iron ore accounted for 21.5 million of the 35.9 million total short tons of cargo moved through the port, according to Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director.

Iron ore cargoes were up nine percent compared to last year and were above the five-year average by more than 30 percent.

The last 1,000-foot iron ore carrier left the Port of Duluth-Superior two days before the Soo Locks closed Jan. 15.

International shipping through the St. Lawrence Seaway was up seven percent compared to last year, its highest level since 2007, according to a Duluth Seaway Port Authority news release. Grain exports through the seaway in 2018 increased 20 percent compared to last year, mirroring increased grain traffic through the Duluth-Superior Port.

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