Last saltie of 2013 shipping season departing Duluth-Superior Port

By KBJR News 1

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The last oceangoing vessel to call on the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2013 shipping season departed around 6:30 Thursday.

The Orsula arrived Sunday to load a total of nearly 22,000 metric tons of durum wheat at the CHS and Gavilon grain terminals in Superior.

Bound for Italy, the Orsula will be the last saltie to make a full transit this season of the 2,340-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

The 200-meter Orsula, flagged in the Marshall Islands, is operated by Fednav Limited, the largest dry-bulk shipping company in Canada.

Based in Montreal, Fednav also had the honor of hosting the 2013 season’s first ship ceremony here in the Twin Ports aboard its Federal Hunter on March 30th making it the earliest arrival on record.

Laker traffic will continue on the Great Lakes for a few more weeks as the Soo Locks aren’t scheduled to close to vessel traffic until January 15.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns