December 2, 2016: Port Shipments Strong with Six Weeks Left in Shipping Season
The Port of Thunder Bay recorded a strong November and is expected to move significant cargo volumes during the final six weeks of the shipping season. Cargo tonnage for the month of November was 16% higher than the ten-year average. The November grain tonnage exceeded 900,000 metric tonnes.
Grain shipments are expected to remain strong through the end of the shipping season in
mid-January. Quorum Corporation, which tracks grain movement in the Canadian supply chain, is currently reporting above-average grain deliveries to Thunder Bay from the Prairies. A strong contingent of ocean vessels is expected in port to load grain in December.
In addition to grain, Thunder Bay port facilities moved a variety of other cargoes during November. Outbound shipments included coal and potash from Western Canada while inbound cargoes included road salt and petroleum for regional distribution.
The Port Authority’s Keefer Terminal received its second of five shipments of dimensional electrical transformers in November, which were trans-loaded directly to rail for furtherance to Western Canada. Three additional shipments of transformers will be shipped in 2017. Keefer has had a very successful season handling diverse general and project cargoes; cargo tonnage through the terminal is the highest since 1997.