|It has been and probably will be a slow year for shipping in the Twin Ports, and in most ports around the world. We have yet to see a salt water ship this season, but we are about to see 4 of them, all of course coming full steam to win the first ship of the year contest. (Actually the person who guesses what time the first one arrives wins the prize.) The winning ship gets to be greeted by an assortment of port people who will present them with all kinds of good stuff and who will, it is hoped, be able to enjoy some exotic refreshment from the ship’s galley. The Federal Welland is seen above left, at the AGP elevator in September, 2001. The Welland is the favorite to win now (Friday evening). The Sabrina is seen at right approaching the Duluth ship canal in June, 2007. The Medemborg (below) is also expected on Sunday; she will be loading beet pulp pellets. The Federal Schelde will not be here until Monday. She will be loading iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior.