Surge grain shipments helps compensate for Seaway’s slow season

Overall St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments so far this season (from April 1 to September 30) totaled 23.2 million tonnes, down 8 per cent. The pandemic continues to impact year-to-date shipments of iron ore (down 20.6%), dry bulk (down 12.6%) and liquid bulk (down 27.4%).

On the bright side, Canadian grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway topped 6.2 million tonnes at the end of September, maintaining its 20 per cent increase over the 2019 season, according to the latest results.

“In a year of many ups and downs, we’re pleased to see grain exports perform remarkably well,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. “The new Prairie wheat and canola crops have been arriving by rail over the past few weeks at the Port of Thunder Bay and the Ontario soybean harvest is now underway. We anticipate strong grain shipments will continue for the remainder of the year.”

Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce

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