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Video: Solid Shipping Season on the Books, Optimistic Outlook for 2020

Feb 11, 2020 07:29AM ● By Editor

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From WDIO-TV - February 10, 2020

The 2019-2020 shipping season was a solid one. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority released numbers on Monday. The agency said 33.5 million tons moved through the ports.

"It was record breaking in some ways, with wind energy cargo setting a record. That was definitely a highlight," shared Jayson Hron, the director of marketing and communications for the port authority.

Grain also had a good year. There was even a shipment that left in January, which is unprecedented for the port. 

A total of 85 ocean-going vessels visited during the season, the most since 2010.

Another highlight was when Duluth Cargo Connect was honored with the 2019 Port/Terminal Operator of the year, at a ceremony in Antwerp.

As for the biggest cargo, which is iron ore, the number is down slightly. But that's likely due to the very high number in 2018. Coal also dropped.

The Soo Locks open up on March 25th. "Looking ahead to 2020, there's definitely a reason to be optimistic. There's less trade uncertainty. We already have wind cargo deliveries on the schedule," Hron added.

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