Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Winter Layup! Duluth Seaway Port Authority - News Release

Last ‘lakers’ heading into Port of Duluth-Superior for
Winter Layup as 2018 Great Lakes Shipping Season winds to close
Duluth, Minn. USA (01/08/19) – The 2018 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will
be wrapping up this week and next as the Soo Locks (at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
get et to close at midnight Tuesday, January 15. Boatwatchers will be lining the
Duluth Ship Canal and Superior Entry trying to catch glimpses of he eight (8) freighters
scheduled for winter layup in the Port of Duluth-Superior.
The first, Algoma’s Tim S. Dool, arrived on New Year’s Day and is already in dry dock
at Fraser Shipyards. The next seven should start arriving as early as tomorrow (Wednesday),
continuing through the weekend or early next week.
There are eight vessels currently on the winter berthing schedule for the Twin Ports:
Tim S. Dool Fraser Shipyards H. Lee White Fraser Shipyards
American Century Enbridge Dock
American Spirit Fraser Shipyards
Burns Harbor Elevator “M” Dock
Mesabi Miner Midwest Energy
Kaye E. Barker Fraser Shipyards
Lee A. Tregurtha Fraser Shipyards
Check vessel traffic updates online at www.marinetraffic.com  or

“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a
strong note,” said Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
executive director.
“Through November, grain volume was up 22 percent over last year, and
shipments of Minnesota iron ore were outpacing the five-year average by
over 25 percent.
While coal loadings have dropped significantly in recent years, iron ore
shipments have picked up pace—already at 18.4 million short tons
through November.
With Great Lakes traffic continuing well into January,
we anticipate the Port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons
to close out the 2018 shipping season.” 


  1. How is it decided as to where which boats will tie up for the winter ?

  2. I think the Soo locks close on the 15th for it's yearly winter maintenance.

  3. whats the maximum ship capacity for winter layup

  4. Decent resource for layups here: http://boatnerd.com/layup/layup18-19.htm

  5. Congratulations on a great productive year!

  6. wait what about the h lee white