DULUTH — The St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th year in 2019, and this is the second time in that span that the Maria G has made it to Duluth first for the shipping season. In 2008, sailing under the name Gadwall, the ship made it to Duluth-Superior on April 10.

“Two times the Maria G has been first,” said Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director Deb DeLuca, before drawing on a timely reference. “Kind of like UMD (men’s) hockey winning back-to-back titles.”

Maria G is scheduled to depart Duluth bound for Italy late Tuesday with 21,000 metric tons of spring wheat. The ship, painted green and wearing the scars of life at sea, discharged steel in Oshawa, Ontario, on its way to Duluth.