DULUTH (AP) -- Port officials in Duluth said the Great Lakes shipping season is off to a slow start amid uncertainty in the taconite business.
Ray Skelton -- the environmental and government affairs director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority -- said the season started grim.
As of mid-May, 13 of the 67 U.S. flagged Great Lakes vessels were idle.
A symbol of the problem is visible across the harbor in Superior, Wis. The George A. Stinson -- a 1,000-foot laker -- hasn't moved since Tuesday.
Officials said uncertainty over the sale of bankrupt National Steel Company appeared to have put the Stinson in neutral.
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