November 4, 2014: Grain Shipments Leading Exceptional Year for Port
With two months remaining in the shipping season, the Port of Thunder Bay has already surpassed last year’s total cargo tonnage. The spotlight continues to be on the port’s grain elevators, which have pushed through 6.3 million metric tonnes (MT) of the cargo year-to-date – nearly a million MT more than last year’s final tally.
As of October 31, grain shipments are 73% higher than last year at the same time. For the sixth consecutive month, grain throughput hit a monthly 17-year high with over 850,000 MT shipped. The port’s elevators are now simultaneously handling the remainder of Western Canada’s bumper grain crop from last year and the 2014 harvest.
As many city residents have observed, the harbour has been particularly active with vessel traffic this year. Vessel calls to the port are up significantly, corresponding with the surge in shipments. There has been a 72% increase in foreign ‘Salty’ calls and a 34% increase in domestic ‘Laker’ calls compared to last year. Overall there have been 98 more vessel calls in 2014 than year-to-date in 2013.