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Port of Duluth-Superior has best shipping season in five years

By Dee DePass Star Tribune JANUARY 31, 2019 — 11:14PM

The Port of Duluth-Superior finished the 2018 shipping season with the best iron ore shipments in five years, signaling a solid recovery for the recently ailing taconite industry.

Total port shipments grew 7 percent from 2017 to 35.9 million tons of cargo, with iron ore composing the largest chunk, port officials said. Iron ore shipments jumped 9 percent to 21.5 million tons.

Iron ore cargoes outpaced “the five-year average by 30-plus percent,” said Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb DeLuca.

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