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Shipping traffic up 16% in 2013 at Port of Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Port of Green Bay handled 16 percent more shipping traffic last year than the previous year.  

Port officials said 2013 was a healthy season, especially compared to the recession plagued years of 2009 and '10. Two-point-two million tons of cargo went in and out of Green Bay's gateway to the Great Lakes.  

Meanwhile, shipping within the Great Lakes is off to a very slow start in 2014, due to the extremely cold January. Crews that use Lake Superior say the ice buildup is the worst in decades.  

Mark Gill of the Coast Guard said a normal three-day trip from Duluth-Superior to Gary Indiana now takes 6 to 7 days as a result of the icy conditions.  

International shipping ended last week, after the locks closed at Sault Ste. Marie along the Upper Michigan border at Canada.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)