Hans Lehmann starts and finishes in Spain

Spain is not usually the first country that comes to mind when we think of salt water traffic and the economy in Duluth but it might be moving up the list. The Hans Lehmann should be departing tonight with spring wheat for Spain. It loaded wind turbine parts in Spain that it brought here last week. This will be the first grain shipped out of the port in a while. This year, the salt water ships that have come to the Twin Ports have mostly loaded beet pulp pellets that are often taken to Spain where they are used as animal feed. Who would have guessed; wind turbines, animal feed and Spain. The Lehmann is the only salt water ship to arrive in the Twin Ports this month. It is the 25th salt water ship of the season; last year we had 46 arrivals by now and in 2006, we had 58. Harvest time is coming up and local officials are hoping for an improvement. Above, the Lehmann was at the Port Terminal last week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-18-2008
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