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First vessel scheduled to arrive at Port of Duluth-Superior

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The first oceangoing vessel of the 2022 maritime shipping season is scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning (13 April 2022) in the Port of Duluth-Superior.


Resko, a 624 ft bulk carrier from the Polsteam fleet, will earn 2022 First Ship honours, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the Great Lakes’ westernmost port. By tradition, this first full transit marks the annual opening of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, although the inter-lake navigation season began with the Soo Locks’ opening on 25 March 2022.

Upon arrival through the Duluth Ship Canal and under the Aerial Lift Bridge, Resko will visit Superior’s Gavilon Grain Connors Point Terminal to load approximately 16 200 short t of spring wheat and 5400 short t of durum wheat destined for Italy.

The ship will arrive in ballast after unloading more than 5500 short t of steel skidded coils in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it was feted as that port’s first international vessel of the season. Resko’s journey originated in Ijmuiden, Netherlands, and also included a stop in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

“Despite winter’s lingering chill this year, arrival of the season’s first full Seaway transit is a true sign of spring and always of the prosperity these great ships help deliver to our region,” said Deb DeLuca, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “We’re excited to see it and excited also to share its Midwestern wheat cargo with the world. It’s another example of how Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping delivers the critical goods and raw materials of everyday life.”

The Port Authority’s annual First Ship welcoming event is scheduled for Friday 15 April 2022. A fixture of the celebration – the First Ship contest, co-sponsored by Visit Duluth and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority – will crown a winner from more than 3600 entries based on the official arrival time of Resko.

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