That’s it for international trade at the Port of Duluth-Superior this year. The Federal Rhine will be the last saltie to leave the harbor when it departs Saturday afternoon.
The 656-foot vessel loaded durum wheat Friday at the CHS elevator in Superior. That wheat will wind up in Italy, where it will likely be turned into pasta and shipped back to the U.S., according to the port.
The Federal Rhine is expected to clear the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes at the end of the month. Domestic shipping is expected to continue until the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie closes Jan. 15.
“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a strong note,” Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director said in a statement. “With Great Lakes traffic continuing for another month, we anticipate the port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons to close out the 2018 shipping season.”