Beluga Elegance at port terminal

The Beluga Elegance is expected today. It is seen above discharging wind turbine equipment in 2007. Today it will be loading grain. No iron ore pellets will be loaded today or tomorrow. When steel mills close, they don’t buy iron ore pellets to feed their furnaces, so we send fewer lakers downbound with pellets. We have in the past had a lot of limestone delivered here. Much of that goes up to the Iron Range and is used in the iron ore pellet process. Less taconite coming down here means less limestone is brought into port but today, two boats are bringing limestone. It is too early to call that a trend. Photo taken on August 24, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2009
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