First saltie set to arrive Wednesday into Twin Ports

The ship is making its way from Netherlands and will leave loaded with wheat bound for Italy.

The 656-foot Federal Biscay is unloaded at CRH Cement Duluth Terminal on April 19, 2021. It was the first saltie of last season, arriving to Duluth from Canakkale, Turkey. The first saltie of 2022 is expected into the port of Duluth-Superior on Wednesday morning.
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DULUTH — The first oceangoing vessel of the 2022-23 shipping season is scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning into the port of Duluth-Superior.

Resko, a 624-foot bulk carrier, will be the first to complete the full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the Great Lakes’ westernmost port, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said in a news release Monday.

Upon arrival through the Duluth Ship Canal, Resko will visit Superior’s Gavilon Grain Connors Point Terminal to load approximately 16,200 short tons of spring wheat and 5,400 short tons of durum wheat destined for Italy.

“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.

Resko’s journey originated in Ijmuiden, Netherlands, and also included stops in Burns Harbor, Indiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it unloaded more than 5,500 short tons of rolled steel.


The Port Authority’s annual first ship welcoming event is scheduled for Friday.

The latest arrival of the port’s first saltie was May 7, 2014 (Diana); the earliest was March 30, 2013 (Federal Hunter).

Scheduled to launch its working life later this year, the Mark W. Barker will enter sea trials soon this spring. It’s the first Great Lakes ship to be built by an American company since 1983, which marked the end of a lengthy boom time that included the arrival of the immense 1,000-footers.
The first U.S.-built lake freighter in almost 40 years nears completion at a shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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