The Port of Thunder Bay is Canada’s Gateway to the West – an important link in the supply chain for heavy, dimensional cargoes destined for mine sites, wind farms, and the Oilsands in Western Canada. Project cargo volumes handled at Keefer Terminal, Thunder Bay Port Authority's general cargo facility, reached a record high 135,000 freight tonnes in 2012.
Keefer Terminal has assets that provide value for the shipper:
- 80-acre full service facility - Liebherr LHM 320 mobile harbour crane for efficient hanlding - Acres of laydown area for storage and staging - On-dock to CN and CP railways and the TransCanada Highway - 10-acre Intermodal yard with 200 railcar marshalling yard and top-lifter - Track-mobile services on-site - 550,000 sq. ft. of indoor warehouse space - Caboose available for work train services for project cargo
Other advantages to shipping through Thunder Bay include:
- Single customs clearance for shipments to Canada - Grain, coal and potash available for backhaul to Europe, North Africa, South America and the Middle East - Value-added services for cargo including metal fabrication, and heated and bonded warehousing
Thunder Bay has the advantage of being an export port for Western Canadian grain being shipped to markets in Europe, North Africa and South America. This grain is available as a backhaul commodity for inbound project cargo vessels.