Seaway cargo shipments up 18% in first-half of shipping season

The Chamber of Marine Commerce reports that iron ore and grain exports continued to drive a St. Lawrence Seaway shipping resurgence in the first half of the shipping season with cargo shipments up 18 per cent over 2016.

According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to July 31 reached 16 million metric tons – 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

Year-to-date iron ore shipments totaled 3.7 million metric tons, up 68 per cent over 2016 levels. Canadian domestic carriers are loading U.S. iron ore pellets at Minnesota ports/docks to ship via the Seaway to the Port of Quebec, where it is then transferred to larger ocean-going vessels for onward transport to Japan and China.

Seaway salt shipments from Ontario and Quebec mines to cities and towns throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region totaled 1.4 million metric tons, up 42 per cent over the same period last year.

Canadian grain totaled 3.1 million metric tons, up nine per cent, with vessels shipping a large carry over of Prairie and Ontario grain products from last fall harvest to overseas markets.

Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce

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