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Port of Burns Harbor looking for near record month in November for Seaway cargos

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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.


Posted 11/15/2016




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