St. Lawrence Seaway cargo up 13 percent year to date

Efforts to diversify and expand cargo routes are contributing to a 13 per cent increase in year-to-date cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway.

According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to August 31 reached 19.9 million metric tons – 2.3 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

“Our bread and butter cargoes remain raw materials such as iron ore, grain, and road salt that keep North American factories running, feed cities, and ensure that our highways are safe. As well, the Great Lakes-Seaway system continues to make significant inroads at attracting high-value general cargo such as specialty steel, machinery and oversized project cargo,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

Year-to-date, shipments of high-value general cargo via the Seaway totaled two million metric tons, up 40 per cent over the same period last year.

Iron ore shipments via the Seaway in 2017 have reached nearly 4.7 million metric tons so far this year, up nearly 54 percent from a year ago, as ships carry iron ore pellets from the Port of Duluth-Superior to Canada and onwards for export.

Within the dry bulk category, salt shipments via the Seaway have also been a star performer with an increase of 46.7 percent over the 2016 level.

Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce

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