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First Saltie of the Duluth-Superior 2024 Grain Shipping Season Arrives

“Despite our recent snowstorm, 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 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.”

Only once previously has the season’s first saltie, a common name for visiting ocean-going vessels, arrived on April Fool’s Day on April 1, 1995. The MV Argosy was, at the time, the port’s earliest-arriving oceangoing vessel ever, noted the press release.

In 2023, the earliest ocean-going arrival in port history was the Federal Dart, which arrived March 28, 2023. Another record was set when the Canadian-flagged saltie Nordika Desgagnes sailed out of Duluth in the dark of night on Dec. 29, 2023, and into the record book as the Port of Duluth-Superior’s latest-departing ocean-going ship on record. “With her departure, it will make the 2023 navigation season Duluth-Superior’s longest ever for international traffic (277 days),” said Jayson Hron, director of communication and marketing, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, in December 2023.

Video of Barbro G entering the Duluth Canal on April 1, 2023:…

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