Record year for wind parts helps salvage port season in Duluth

Thursday, December 17, 2020

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The season’s final foreign ship carrying wind energy parts to the port of Duluth-Superior came and went last week — and along with the Liberia-flagged BBC Swift went another record-setting campaign.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority will announce this week that 525,000 freight tons of wind-energy components moved through its Clure Public Marine Terminal in 2020.

It’s the second straight year the port has set a wind-parts record — far eclipsing 2019’s mark of 306,000 freight tons.

“This year, it wasn’t really even a contest,” said Jonathan Lamb, president of Lake Superior Warehousing Co., which is charged with unloading the parts, which are then transshipped onto trucks for overland hauling.

Prior to the back-to-back record-setting campaigns, the previous high mark had been 2008’s 302,000 freight tons.


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