Grain and project
cargo dominated St. Lawrence Seaway traffic in October, the Saint Lawrence
Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) reported on Monday.
“The Great Lakes
St. Lawrence Seaway System saw a steady flow of traditional cargoes during
the month of October,” SLSDC Administrator Betty Sutton said. “Last month,
shipments of aluminum, steel, generators, crane components, iron ore and
containerized goods moved in the system. Thanks to a robust U.S and Canadian
grain crop, agricultural products including corn, soy beans, wheat, and
sugar beet pellets made up the majority of the exported cargos.”
The SLSDC noted
that many of the ships trading in the Seaway System this month will likely
make one final call before the end of the 2016 navigation season.
At the Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor shipments of grain have more than doubled the 2015
year-to-date total and include two recent export shipments to Quebec.
“Ag and steel-related cargoes are primary drivers for our 2016 shipments and
Quebec continues to be a key trading partner for
exchanging Indiana commodities with world markets,” said Port Director Rick
Heimann. “Looking ahead, we are expecting a surge in end-of-year shipments
of steel products and bulk commodities for the steel industry in Northwest
Indiana. Based on current projections, November could prove to be a near
record month, especially for Seaway cargoes.”
SLSDC said that
year-to-date cargo shipments for the period March 21 to Oct. 31 were 25.8
million metric tons, down 5.23 percent from the year-ago period. The dry
bulk category was down 11 percent; iron ore, down almost 10 percent; coal,
down 18 percent; and general cargo, down 9 percent overall. Domestic general
cargo, on the other hand, posted a 9.5-percent increase over the year-ago
period; and liquid bulk, a 22.6-percent increase.