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November 14, 2017
St. Lawrence Seaway cargo up 10 percent so far this year
According to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to October 31 reached 28.7 million metric tons - 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016., an increase of 10 percent.
"The star performers this year have been North American mined products such as iron ore and salt and high-value goods such as specialty steel imported from Europe," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "We're now entering what are traditionally the busiest months of the Seaway shipping season as our domestic customers stockpile raw materials for winter production and Prairie and Ontario grain harvests are loaded onto ships for export."
Year-to-date Seaway iron ore shipments reached 6.6 million metric tons, an increase of 44 per cent driven primarily by U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Asia.
Dry bulk shipments (including products such as road salt, stone, gypsum and coke) topped 7.7 million, up 12 per cent.
General cargo (which include steel, aluminum, project cargo) shipments via the Seaway totaled 2.7 million metric tons, up 34 per cent.
Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce
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