January 15, 2013 : Shipping Season Concludes with Strong December
The 2012 navigation season came to a close in the Port of Thunder Bay on Monday when MV Saginaw departed with the year’s final grain shipment – 12,000 tonnes of grain destined for the lower Great Lakes. More than 1 million tonnes of grain were shipped from the port in the final month of the shipping season. The last time 1 million tonnes of grain were shipped in a single month was in May 2001.
Shipments of wheat, the port’s most prominent grain, have surged since the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly ended on August 1. Total wheat shipments for the year topped 4.8 million tonnes, a 10 % increase over 2011, boosting overall grain tonnages to their second-highest level since 2001.
The number of ocean vessels (salties) loading at the port also surged late in the season. The final four months of the season tallied the most foreign vessel calls (40) during that time period since 2007.