People had expected traffic at Duluth’s new shipping container terminal to grow, but not as fast as it actually has, said Kevin Beardsley, chief financial officer for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.
The facility, which shuttles large steel shipping containers back and forth between trucks and trains, opened in late March of 2017, and it’s already in need of more capacity. Beardsley said he anticipated the terminal likely would need to expand in a couple more years. However, shippers have shown such intense interest in using the facility, located on the Clure Marine Terminal, that the timeline has been accelerated.
“We’re off to a great start,” said Jonathan Lamb, president of Lake Superior Warehousing Co., a business that joined forces with the port authority to form Cargo Connect, the entity running the container terminal.
The project will increase the facility’s rail capacity by about 85 percent through extending two existing rail lines by about 1,300 feet each.
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