Great Lakes Freighters Working for CN Sidelined

Three Great Lakes freighters operated on behalf of Canadian National will be sidelined the remainder of this year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News reports indicate the idled boats, the Edgar B. Speer, Roger Blough, and Philip R. Clarke, make up a third of CN’s Great Lakes fleet.

The Pennsylvania company that operates the boats is expected to furlough 94 workers, most of them based in Duluth, Minnesota.

Keystone Shipping Company said shipments through the Port of Duluth-Superior is down about a third from earlier levels this year.

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