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Last saltie of season fills up in Superior

The Maria G loads at CHS in Superior on Friday.

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The Maria G fills up with grain at CHS in Superior on Friday afternoon, Dec. 17, 2021. The Maria G is scheduled to be the last saltie to leave the Twin Ports for the shipping season. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Crews at CHS in Superior loaded grain into the Maria G on Friday afternoon before it was scheduled to leave port Saturday, making it the final saltie of the season.

Through November, there were 44 overseas vessels in the Twin Ports compared to 79 a year ago.

Grain exports through November from Duluth-Superior totaled 659,058 tons, compared to 1.2 million tons in 2020. Grains have been among the few cargos not to post a better tonnage figure over the pandemic-depressed 2020.

The Chamber of Marine Commerce, based in Ottawa, Ontario, said slower grain exports were “due to smaller harvests compared to 2020.”

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The Maria G fills up with grain Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at CHS in Superior. The Maria G is scheduled to be the last saltie to leave the Twin Ports for the shipping season Saturday, Dec. 18. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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Workers help load the Maria G on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at CHS in Superior. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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