|Longshoremen and agents may get a rest today. Three salt water ships departed Duluth with grain late Tuesday afternoon, and another was set to depart later in the evening. That leaves one more still in port (Pilica). We expect no new salties today but three more are expected on Thursday. The Russian flagged Grigoriy Aleksandrov departed Tuesday afternoon (above) with spring wheat. To get here, it traveled the entire seaway in ballast (no cargo) as did the Bluewing that departed on Monday. That indicates a good world wide demand for Midwestern grain since it is expensive for a ship to travel any great distance (such as the entire St. Lawrence Seaway system) without carrying cargo. Photo taken on September 25, 2007.