Strong Season for Port of Thunder Bay

Posted 3 December 2016 by in Business

Photo credit: MV Thunder Bay, 2013. Photograph by Thies Bogner, provided by Canada Steamship Lines.

Photo credit: MV Thunder Bay, 2013. Photograph by Thies Bogner, provided by Canada Steamship Lines.

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – 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.