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First ship arrives to spend winter in Duluth

The tug North Carolina assists the American Integrity in laying up for the winter at Berth 6 at the Port Terminal in Duluth on Wednesday morning. The ship was the first to lay up in the Twin Ports for the season. (Bob King /

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DULUTH, Minn. -- The freighter American Integrity became the first ship of the season to enter winter layup in the Port of Duluth-Superior when it sailed into town Wednesday, coated in ice.

The 1,000-foot lake vessel is one of a half dozen ships expected to call the Twin Ports home for the winter. The rest of the ships are expected  in the Lake Superior port next week, said Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokeswoman Adele Yorde. The ships will spend the winter at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, as well as at the Enbridge and Midwest Energy docks. The ships will be here until the Soo Locks reopen on March 25 to allow passage to the lower Great Lakes.

“The ships winter here and get all their work done,” Yorde said. “It’s a lot of work for Fraser Shipyards; they will send crews to the various docks to work on vessels, in addition to the major work they’ll be doing at their facility in Superior.”