Port of Thunder Bay has Great Year

Loading Grain on a Saltie in the Port of Thunder Bay - Photo courtesy Port Authority
Loading Grain on a Saltie in the Port of Thunder Bay - Photo courtesy Port Authority
Lake Superior is busy already early in the 2015 Shipping Season - There are ships gathering at the Soo Locks...
Lake Superior is busy with shipping goods out from the Port of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – The 2016 shipping season will officially close today, January 9, 2017 with the arrival of an inbound  shipment via the vessel MV Frontenac.  The Frontenac, which will winter at Thunder Bay Port Authority’s Keefer Terminal, is delivering a load of road  salt to Mobil  Ex Terminal on the Kaministiqua  River.

The season is ending on the heels of a cargo rush during which the port posted one of its busiest Decembers in recent memory. Thunder Bay grain elevators were particularly busy during the late-season surge, loading out 1.3 million metric tonnes of grain. In monthly cargo records dating back to 1995, this grain volume for the month of December is unprecedented.

Thunder Bay Grain Elevators
Thunder Bay Grain Elevators

The port’s overall cargo total for 2016 was just under 8.9 million metric tonnes, virtually     matching the 2015 season tally. This marks the third consecutive season of above-average cargo volumes, thanks to strong grain shipments as well as increases in coal and project cargo    shipments.

Project cargo and general cargo volumes were very strong in 2016. Keefer Terminal handled fourteen shipments, which included electrical transformers, wind turbine components, wood pellets, mining equipment, and an OSB plant. As a result of the strong performance in project cargoes, Keefer’s cargo volumes hit a 19-year high in 2016. Thunder Bay Port Authority is projecting positive results for the Terminal again in 2017, with additional shipments of electrical transformers already confirmed for the spring.



With Comparative Figures in Metric Tonnes for 2015

Period From   December  01  to  January  09,  2017
      Month Totals Month Totals Year to Date Totals Year to Date  
      2016 2015 2016 2015  
COAL     57,692 24,085 778,419 406,563  
GRAIN     1,298,487 1,236,819 7,472,529 8,018,638  
POTASH     81,110 14,628 331,909 273,790  
DRY BULK     45,711 19,935 161,738 159,937  
LIQUID BULK     5,580 5,450 62,009 22,995  
GENERAL CARGO KEEFER     4,303 1,808 31,540 20,574  
GENERAL  CARGO-OTHER     0 0 0 7,002  














Current Month Same Month Last Year   Year to Date Totals Last Year Totals
IC                 50                      44                           294                    288
    18 17   109 125









AMERICAN                    0                        0                               0                        0




*Monthly  statistics are edited as cargo reports are received.       Cumulative  totals are adjusted to reflect changes.

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