Port of Duluth-Superior officials today announced that the Clure public marine terminal in Duluth now has the capacity to handle significantly larger volumes of international shipping containers carried by ship, as part of an expansion which will expand the existing road and rail intermodal container service under the Duluth Cargo Connect banner.
With recent investments in infrastructure and capabilities to ensure homeland security compliance, Duluth is now only the second US port on the Great Lakes-St. St. Lawrence Seaway system capable of handling containers by direct water connection and the only such port west of Cleveland, Ohio.
“Our Clure terminal is a full-service, multimodal logistics hub for the Upper Midwest, so it is only natural that we offer the benefits of sea container handling to complement our onshore network,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of port of Duluth Seaway. Authority. “We have been cultivating this potential for some time and are delighted to see it come to fruition. Given the congestion and significant delays occurring in some coastal ports, we provide a smooth alternative to containers for moving inland and bypassing these coastal bottlenecks. “
As North America’s most inland seaport, Duluth is an attractive, unencumbered choice for shippers looking to move containerized cargo to and from the US Midwest. In recent years, this activity has only included ground movement on the region’s highways or four Class I railways serving the Clure terminal. This new water-based container option is available now, exclusively through Duluth Cargo Connect.
“We are excited to expand our container services to include a direct marine connection to our docks, which will give our customers even more opportunities and flexibility in their supply chains,” said Jonathan Lamb, President of Duluth Cargo Connect. Whether it’s raw materials for manufacturing, finished products, food or other retail items, and whether it’s a connection via a supply vessel with containers owned by a steamship from a coastal port or a direct charter vessel with containers owned by a private shipper, we are well equipped to provide shippers with a seamless alternative.
DeLuca and Lamb cited the many additional services offered by Duluth Cargo Connect as a significant benefit for shippers. Beyond basic handling and customs clearance, the terminal has the status of a foreign trade zone, the ability to stuff / unload containers on site, a heat-treated dunnage certification for export packaging, a weighbridge, refrigerated outlets, strong road and rail connections and the most environmentally friendly way for containers to connect inside and outside the Midwest.
“This idea of containers reaching the Midwest directly by water is not new,” DeLuca said. “It’s been part of Clure Terminal’s vision since the mid-1960s, but now is the time to put that vision into a modern perspective, and
we are in a good position to do so.
About 800 ships and 35 million short tons of cargo pass through the Port of Duluth-Superior each year, making it the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes.