Green Bay Ports See Healthy 2013 Shipping Season

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Shipping traffic at the Port of Green Bay was up about 16 percent last year, marking a continued recovery from a shipping slump in 2009 and 2010.

A Press-Gazette Media report says 2.2 million tons of cargo passed through the facility last year. Port officials say in line with a healthy shipping season.

This year isn't getting off to a great start, however. Ships using Lake Superior are having a tough time navigating a build-up of ice that's among the worst in decades.

Coast Guard spokesman Mark Gill says the conditions are the most challenging they've been in the last 25 years He says trip from Duluth, Minn. to Gary, Ind. normally takes three days but now it's taking six to seven.

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