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Seaway cargoes strong in November but still down for the year

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November was the best month for Saint Lawrence Seaway cargoes at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“We had a significant increase in ocean shipments this past month--up 50 percent from last November and over 80 percent from the previous month,” Port Director Rick Heimann said. “This included steel-related products for Midwest manufacturers and raw materials for the steel industry as well as two ships loaded with over 45,000 tons of Indiana grain bound for world markets.”

“The port’s ability to handle global shipments also creates advantages for moving large-dimensional shipments by water into the heart of the Midwest,” Heimann added. “Our November cargoes included several 200-foot molds for wind turbine blades, a competitive sailing yacht for an upcoming boat show and two 10-ton freezers for an Indiana food processor.”

Meanwhile, November proved a good month on the Great Lakes Seaway System for the export of agricultural products and for the shipment of aluminum ingots. “Under the binational trade development program known as ‘Highway H2O,’ the U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations have raised international awareness about the advantages of exporting grain products via the Great Lakes Seaway System and it is paying off,” SLSDC Administrator Betty Sutton said.

“The U.S. Great Lakes ports of Toledo, Ohio, Duluth, Minn., Burns Harbor, Ind., and Milwaukee, Wis., handled corn, soybeans and wheat exports bound for Europe, South America, and Central America,” Sutton noted. “Additionally, aluminum ingots arrived at the ports of Oswego, N.Y., and Toledo bound for local manufacturers supporting the automobile industry. With the current pace of both commodities, I anticipate a strong finish to the Seaway System’s 2016 navigation season.”

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date cargo shipments for the period March 21 to Nov. 30 were 30.3 million metric tons, down 5.89 percent over the same period in 2015. The dry bulk category was down 13 percent; iron ore down almost 11 percent; coal down 18 percent. The general cargo category was down 6 percent overall, but within that classification, project cargo posted a 42 percent increase. The liquid bulk category was at 19 percent over 2015.



Posted 12/15/2016





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