Mesabi Miner at Midwest Energy for layup

There are 11 Great Lakes freighters in Duluth Superior this winter. Three have been here for extended layup, 8 came in January and are expected to depart sometime in March or April for the upcoming season. The first to leave will most likely be the Mesabi Miner, seen here at winter layup at Midwest Energy Resources on February 13th. Typically, the boat at Midwest Energy will load coal for a Lake Superior port, perhaps twice before the Soo Locks open, usually on March 25, when the full Great Lakes shipping season begins. Typically, the Mesabi Miner will leave around March 15; check here for updates.


  1. arnold skip widdes says:

    This is the very best site. You do it wonderfully & can’t wait to see the season start. Keep up the great site & information. I applaud you. Skip Widdes

  2. Saw smoke coming from the stack of the Miner on Sunday March 4th. Can’t wait to get the season underway!

  3. Jill from Alabama says:

    Snow on the ground up there, but buttercups and redbud trees blooming down here. Nevertheless . . . “getim rolling”. Can’t wait!

  4. i agree paul! we could see snow on the camera tomorrow…they are expecting a “boatload”!

  5. Won’t be long now. Can’t wait, getim rolling.


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