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SHIPPING

The U.S. Navy is scheduled to commission the ship on Saturday.
The first U.S.-built lake freighter in almost 40 years nears completion at a shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
At 650 feet deep, the wreck isn't accessible to divers.
With its newly announced ability to accept maritime cargo containers, sources wonder if the Great Lakes might offer future relief in the face of supply chain pressures.

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Delays and significant shipping cost increases are making it difficult to plan, and it's not just affecting exports of crops Midwest farmers grow. The cost of importing specialty grains like quinoa is also up sharply, an impact sure to be felt in the grocery aisles.
Increased shipping prices and delays in cargo arrivals because of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected supply chains, businesses and consumers across the world. Local game businesses have struggled to keep their inventories stocked this year without breaking the bank.
There have been about 350 shipwrecks on Lake Superior. The Francis J. Widlar was not one of them.
DULUTH -- A 1,000-foot ship loaded with iron ore pellets collided with the Duluth Ship Canal's north pier Monday morning, July 13.
Port Authority expects strong 2019 season
DULUTH — The U.S. Coast Guard shared its icebreaking playbook on Thursday, March 14, in advance of the March 25 start to the Great Lakes shipping season. It figures to get an assist from Mother Nature with thawing temperatures.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--A much-anticipated upgrade to the Soo Locks between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes appears well on the way to becoming reality.
DULUTH--A two-year study released Friday dovetails with President Trump's call to fund a critical upgrade in the Great Lakes navigation system. The study into Soo Locks expansion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes a compelling case for law...
DULUTH -- A Twin Cities man who set the two Vista Fleet boats adrift in the Duluth harbor last fall will serve probation for the crime, but a felony conviction will remain on his record.

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