Koningsborg arrives Duluth ship canal

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Last year by the end of June, we had 402 ship arrivals in the Twin Ports. This year, we have had only 243 arrivals. Reflecting a world-wide recession, foreign flagged ships were down from 24 to 17 and Canadian arrivals were down from 102 to 60. US flagged vessel traffic was down from 276 to 166. While the foreign flagged vessel traffic doesn’t look so much worse in comparison, last year’s totals were already down significantly from the year before. For whatever reason, the reduction in foreign flagged trips to the Twin Ports started last season and continues this year. There have been a large number of Canadian boats here in the last couple days. They are gone now. Today, we have one US arrival and one departure. The Dutch flagged Koningsborg arrived on Thursday afternoon to load beet pulp pellets. It will finish later today or sometime on Saturday. It is pictured arriving in November, 2000. Photo taken on November 22, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2009