Duluth-Superior Port Has Best July In Five Years
No surprise - shipping plays a large role in the economy of the Twin Ports. As the Northland and the nation recover from a COVID-affected 2020, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority is registering gains in shipping tonnage - with an especially-robust July.
According to new sources, "Great Lakes Shipping....enjoyed another month of prosperity in July, staying above the five-year average and soaring above the same month last year by almost 64%". In total, the Duluth-Superior port handled "nearly 4.2 million short tons of maritime cargo in July 2021, pushing the port's season-to-date tonnage total over 12.5 million through July". That tonnage "marked [the ports'] largest float since 2015, helping nudge total tonnage 6% above the five-season average and 40.5% ahead of last season's pace".
It should come as no surprise that shipping numbers are up from last year, when - in head-end of the pandemic - most major shipping traffic curtailed. Deb DeLuca, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority shared:
"It's been a good first half of the shipping season so far and a vigorous rebound from the COVID challenges of 2020. It's been especially good to see iron ore tonnage jumping back above the five-season average, because it's a bellwether of positivity for our port and our region as a whole".
That positive news continues through all of the different types of cargo that flows through Duluth-Superior. Iron ore is up, maritime cargo is robust, and resource cargo also showed gains. Coal and petroleum topped 1 million tons in July and 3.6 million for the season so far, "represent[ing] a threefold increase over the 2020 pace".
Additionally, the port has also seen continued use in moving general cargo deliveries. As an example, Duluth-Superior saw "a shipment of heavy-duty mining equipment for iron-mining operations in northeastern Minnesota" during the month of July.