First Ship Contest

Can you guess when the first ship will arrive in the Port of Green Bay to kick off the 2017 shipping season? Will your answer be based on past ship arrivals? Will it be based on the farmer’s almanac for weather predictions? Or will your answer come to you in a dream? Whatever your source is, we want to know! 

The Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau will once again host the First Ship Arrival contest. The person who comes closest to the date and time of the first ship's arrival will win a prize package offered by the Port of Green Bay. To enter your official guess of date and time visit the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau website at This year’s prize package will include a gift certificate for Titletown Brewery and a framed print by photographer Dave Sandford.

 The shipping industry is significant for the Port of Green Bay and the Packer Country region. During the 2016 shipping season, the port received 1,812,143 metric tons of cargo. As the westernmost port on Lake Michigan, railroad companies and major trucking firms utilize the Port of Green Bay.

 The shipping season generally starts once ice has melted or ice breaking begins in the bay and the Fox River. Water conditions in other parts of the Great Lakes play a factor in determining when the shipping season will commence.

The Port of Green Bay is the western-most port of Lake Michigan offering a direct route for shipping raw goods and materials using the most cost effective and sustainable method of transportation available.  An extensive network of highways and railroads provide a direct connection from the Port to regional markets and America's Heartland.

There are 14 port businesses located along three miles of the Fox River. These businesses move more than two million tons of cargo on more than 200 ships each year. Port businesses handle dry bulk commodities such as coal, limestone and salt, bulk liquids like petroleum products, liquid asphalt and tallow, and break-bulk commodities including wood pulp and forest products in addition to over sized cargo like machinery and wind components.

The Port of Green Bay is a vital part of our local economy, our history and our lives. It plays an important role in the transportation of goods and commodities that are critical to the economic health of the region. Opportunities for growth, whether using an existing port facility or developing a new property, makes the port an attractive option for businesses.