The m.v. Beatrix is scheduled to leave the Port of Duluth-Superior as the last oceangoing vessel of this year. The last Saltie signals the beginning of the end of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Twin Ports and across the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway system.
Weather permitting, the Wagenborg vessel is set to finish loading 12,000 metric tons of spring wheat tonight at the CHS elevator in Superior—grain bound for the United Kingdom. Her estimated time of departure may be 8 p.m. (or later), enabling the ship to clear the Seaway locks by Christmas Day.
In spring 2018 the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway System will be open again for seagoing vessels. In 2016 the Port of Duluth greeted the m.v. Albanyborg as first Saltie of the year.