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First saltie of 2024 arrives in the Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. (Northern News Now) – The shipping season has officially begun as the first saltie arrived in the Twin Ports.

According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, the Barbro G traveled under the Aerial Lift bridge on Monday at 11:44 a.m.

“Despite our recent snowstorm, the arrival of the season’s first full Seaway transit is a true sign of spring and a reminder of the economic impact these great ships help deliver to our region,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “We’re excited to welcome Barbro G and share our Midwestern wheat cargo with the world via the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.”

The Barbro G traveled under the Aerial Lift bridge at 11:44 a.m.

The Barbro G is a 623-foot bulk carrier that sailed under the Portugal flag as it traveled to the Ceres/Riverland Ag terminal on Rice’s Point, the Twin Ports’ biggest grain facility.

At the terminal, around 22,000 short tons of durum wheat were loaded into the ship to sail to Algeria.

Officials say this is only the second time the first ship has arrived on April Fools Day.

In addition, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will host the 41st annual First Ship welcoming event.

Approximately 8,000 people made entries on the first saltie’s time, which was claimed by the Barbro G.

The winner of the contest will be crowned on Tuesday.

To learn more about port operations in the Twin Ports, click here.

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