November 5, 2015: Strong Results in Grain & General Cargo
The Port of Thunder Bay experienced an above-average October, with shipments of grain and general cargo posting strong volumes. There was both import and export activity in general cargo in October, with shipments of inbound mining equipment and outbound scrap.
As of October 31, year-to-date general cargo shipments are up three-fold over the 5-year average, thanks to a variety of diverse shipments including wind turbines, mining equipment, wood pellets, and project cargo for the Oilsands. Keefer Terminal is expecting additional shipments through the end of the shipping season, capping off an exceptional year for the terminal.
The Port’s year-to-date grain tonnage is 23% higher than the 5-year average (5.7 million metric tonnes vs. 4.6 million metric tonnes). As usual, wheat and canola are the port’s staple grain commodities, accounting for 94% of the grain shipped through the port. An emerging commodity, lentils have made up 2% of the port’s grain shipments this year.
Foreign ‘salty’ vessels are having a particularly strong influence in the port this fall. During October, 15 salties called the Port of Thunder Bay, loading with a combined total of 260,000 metric tonnes of grain for direct shipment overseas. With ten salties currently in port, Thunder Bay is likely to be visited by 20 or more salties during November – an occurrence that has only happened twice in the last 15 years.