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St. Lawrence Seaway cargo numbers up slightly in August, still down for the year

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August saw a slight uptick in cargo traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) reported on Thursday.

“As we approach the mid-year point of the 2016 navigation season we continue to see a diversified mix of cargoes moving throughout the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System,” said Betty Sutton, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “Cargo diversification is an important factor in keeping our Great Lakes ports busy, and that was clearly reflected in last month’s Seaway traffic.”

August export cargoes consisted of general cargo, containerized cargo, wheat, soybeans and corn. Meanwhile, imports of aluminum arrived at the ports of Oswego and Toledo, while the ports of Burns Harbor, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee received bulk shipments of steel and high-value project cargoes consisting of machinery and mechanical presses.

Year-to-date project cargo shipments through August at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor were up 66 percent over 2015. Grain shipments were up nearly 17 percent during the same time period. “During August, our stevedores discharged numerous pieces of large machinery and specialized equipment for Midwest manufacturers,” said Port Director Rick Heimann. “Cargoes included European generators, cranes, and tanks. The port also saw an increase in grain shipments during August as 22,000 tons were shipped to our trading partners in Quebec.”

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date cargo shipments for the period March 21-Aug. 31 were 17.2 million metric tons, down 7.5 percent over the same period in 2015. The dry-bulk category was down nearly 14 percent. Iron ore was down 18 percent; coal was down almost 8 percent. While the general cargo category was down nearly 6 percent overall, steel slabs and other general cargo were up almost 70 percent.



Posted 9/16/2016




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