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Indiana port handles first ship in new St. Lawrence Seaway season


The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recently marked the opening of its 41st international shipping season with the arrival of a vessel carrying wind turbine blades.

The ship was the first to move through the St. Lambert lock in Québec, Canada, after the St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 53rd shipping season on March 22. The vessel carried 75 of the longest wind turbine blades in North America, which are being transported from Esbjerg, Denmark, to Payne, Ohio, according to the port.

In recent years, the Burns Harbor facility has become a hub for wind turbines, port officials said in a prepared statement. Last year, the port handled 11 ships carrying 134 complete wind turbine units. In addition, the port's first export shipment of wind equipment occurred last year when two loads of turbines from Iowa were shipped to Belledune, New Brunswick.

Earlier this year, the port contracted Norfolk Southern Railway to provide the first on-site, dedicated rail switching services since the facility opened in 1970.

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