Duluth-Superior Port Prepares for Earliest Ship Arrival

By KBJR News 1

Duluth-Superior Port Prepares for Earliest Ship Arrival

March 28, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 3:01 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It's one for the record books as the Duluth-Superior Port prepares for the earliest arrival of the first Saltie of the season.

The Hong Kong-flag Federal Hunter is expected to arrive on Friday afternoon, March 29, which will also put it first in Twin Ports’ history books as the earliest arrival for a full transit of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

“We are very proud to open the 2013 season for international shipping in Duluth/Superior with the Federal Hunter," says Paul Pathy, Fednav president and co-CEO. “We are looking forward to a good season in the Lakes, and particularly in the Twin Ports. Fednav is clearly committed to the Great Lakes-Seaway System, a system that is a valuable part of the economy for both the U.S. and Canada.”

The previous record was set by the India-flag L/T Argosy on April1st, 1995. The Federal Hunter’s arrival is more than a week earlier than last year’s first saltie, the Arubaborg, which sailed into port on April 6, 2012.

Adding to the excitement is the anticipated weekend arrival of a sister ship, the Cyprus-flag Federal Elbe.

The Federal Hunter began her voyage in Germany, discharging cargo in Quebec, before proceeding to the Twin Ports.

Scheduled to arrive beneath Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge, the 656-ft vessel will make its way to the CHS elevator in Superior to load durum and spring wheat before it departs on Monday with nearly 15,00 metric tons on board.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns