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St. Lawrence Seaway cargo numbers up 5 percent

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The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date cargo shipments of more than 24 million metric tons moved through the system for the period March 28 to Sept. 30: an increase of nearly 5 percent over September 2013.

U.S. grain, meanwhile, continued its upward trend, posting a 14.6 percent increase over the year-ago period.

“Cargo tonnage moved through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System during the month of September continues to be robust and reflects positively on the economy and the shipping industry,” said Betty Sutton, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). “Great Lakes stevedores handled large quantities of steel, grain, sugar, salt, and oversized project cargo carried on more than 200 ships in September. As we head into the busiest time of the shipping season, we anticipate this upward trend in cargo tonnage to continue.”

“It appears both domestic and international shipments are continuing to grow at better than forecasted levels,” said Rick Heimann, port director for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. “We were glad to see our first shipment of windmill blades and towers in years, after having as many as 16 wind shipments in one season during 2010. Salt deliveries for the upcoming winter are already in full swing. Looking ahead, several port companies are expecting a significant increase in ocean shipments compared to previous projections, primarily of semi-finished steel. We’ve also seen several more vessels added to the upcoming harbor schedule that were not on the horizon just 60 to 90 days ago.”


Posted 10/2/2014