Shipping season to start slowly
8:56 AM CDT, March 18, 2009
SUPERIOR, Wis. - The shipping season is expected to start slowly when the Soo Locks open next week.
Port officials say that of the dozen ships docked for the winter at Duluth-Superior, some will remain idle until shipping demand rebounds.
Lake Carriers Association's Glen Nekvasil says many of the 65 Great Lakes fleet vessels don't have sail dates yet.
Nekvasil says Great Lakes shipping depends on the nation's economic health. He says as soon as the steel industry picks up and automakers are working again, cargo will increase on the Great Lakes.