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October 19, 2018

St. Lawrence Seaway total tonnage is up 4% so far this year

The upward trend of the 2018 St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season continues, driven by Canadian grain exports and improving salt shipments.

Overall tonnage for the period March 29 to September 30 totaled 25.7 million tonnes, up 4.1 per cent when compared to 2017. Canadian grain shipments topped 5.1 million tonnes for the period, up 11.6 per cent. Salt shipments totaled 1.9 million tonnes.

"Exports of grain from last year's harvest continue to drive increases in Seaway tonnage, and we expect to have a strong finish to the year as the new harvest is added to the mix," says Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"Furthermore, cities across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region are replenishing their stocks of road salt after last year's lengthy winter, adding to the upswell in cargo volumes."

Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce