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Busy October for Great Lakes ports

The Walter J. McCarthy enters the Duluth ship canal. (file / News Tribune)

Iron ore, grain and construction materials are fueling a busy fall for Great Lakes maritime trade. As of Oct. 31, cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 4 percent over last year, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

“Iron ore continues to dominate tonnage totals through the Port of Duluth-Superior this fall, accounting for 16.5 million of the 27.6 million short tons moved through October,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, in a news release. “Heavy storms certainly slowed product flow in early spring and again this fall, as did a weakened demand for coal, yet momentum from summer carried over into fall with shipments of agricultural products running 10 percent ahead of last season through October and iron ore loadings a full 27 percent ahead of the port’s five-year average.”

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