Twin Ports to mark Maritime Day Friday

The Twin Ports will mark World Maritime Day Friday with a couple of public events. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder will be opened for free public tours from noon to 5 p.m., and Duluth’s Omnimax Theatre will present a special screening of Mysteries of the Great Lakes at 5 p.m.

Free tickets to the IMAX feature film are available online. Simply visit the Minnesota Sea Grant’s Web site — — and answer a question about how you think climate change will affect the Great Lakes. The first 125 people who do so will each receive a pair of tickets to the show.

Tickets also will be offered for sale at the theater at the discounted price of $5.
Before the show, Dave Anderson, a meteorologist for KBJR-TV and commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-4, will make a short presentation and participate in a quick question-and-answer session.

Door prizes will be given away at the event, as well. The freebies will include life vests, posters, books and tickets to the William A. Irvin Haunted Ship.

“World Maritime Day is a perfect moment to reflect on the role of shipping in our lives and to consider the importance of maritime transportation in our future,” said Adolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, in a press release promoting Friday’s event. “As the United States works to reduce its carbon footprint, it seems logical, if not essential, to revisit options to use waterborne transportation to move our commodities and materials. Per ton of cargo, ships are much more fuel efficient, far less polluting and safer than other modes of transportation.”