Grain and iron ore exports drive Seaway cargo surge

By: | Issue #656 | at 08:05 AM | Channel(s): Ports & Terminals  Canal and Waterway  

Grain and iron ore exports drive Seaway cargo surge

The outlook has improved significantly on the St. Lawrence Seaway system of locks and channels that allows ocean carriers to penetrate deep into the industrial heartland of Canada and the United States. Last year was the worst in many years, with total shipments falling by 3.4% to 35 million metric tons. But there was evidence of recovery in the last few months of 2016.

Iron ore and grain exports continued to spark the recent resurgence in the first half of the 2017 shipping season on the North American waterway, with cargo volume up 18% over 2016. According to Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo from March 20 to July 31 reached 16 million metric tons – 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016…

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