Kwintebank leaving Twin Ports harbor

Since 1996, the latest departure date for the last salt water ship of the year is December 20, 1997 when the Lake Ontario had the honors. The 19th was the last salt water departure in both 2003 and 2005. In five of the years, the last ship left on the 18th. This has not been a good year for salt water traffic in the Twin Ports. Last year, we had 150 foreign flagged ships through November; this year only 63. Last December, we only had 8 salt water ships in December. If the arrivals mentioned below do not change, we will have only 6 this December. Two salties are due today, both loading beet pulp pellets. One should be here Friday, and 2 may arrive on Saturday, the 13th. The Federal Rhine, due next Monday, the 15th, is a likely candidate to be the last salt water ship of the year, but that can easily change. Today the Loireborg, built this year, will be here and the Kwintebank, seen above in 2002 will also arrive.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-10-2008
Kenneth Newhams :