|The owners of cargo ships don’t make money when they sail their ships empty. They lose money since they have to pay expenses and lose revenue. They prefer their ships holding cargo. For Duluth, they want their ship to arrive here with a cargo, discharge it, then load another cargo and depart. When it does happen here, it is usually some general cargo such as steel that comes in and then grain that goes out. With grain exports down, it is harder to find that downbound cargo and that makes the trip up here more expensive since the ship would be leaving here empty. A more expensive trip up means fewer ships will get here. Like most other parts of the economy, lower cost means more business. Wind turbines have come to the rescue, both ways. The Beluga Constitution was here a couple weeks ago, bringing wind turbine parts in and loading other wind turbine parts to take out. The Beluga Expectation should be here around noon to do the same thing. Both boats loaded wind turbine parts in Bilbao, Spain and they both will be taking other wind turbine parts back to the same port. Above, the Beluga Expectation at the Port Terminal in June. Photo taken on June 24, 2007.