Busy Start of Season for Port of Thunder Bay

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Federal Elbe
The Federal Elbe docked and taking on a load of grain at the Port of Thunder Bay, as a small flock of Canada Geese fly in the foreground

ISA on Mission River - May 2 2017 - Photo by Ken Cyrette
ISA on Mission River – May 2 2017 – Photo by Ken Cyrette

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Thunder Bay Port facilities were kept busy in April with a variety of waterborne cargo.  While grain shipments continued at a strong pace, the diversity of cargoes handled during the month highlighted the port’s versatility.

In addition to grain, shipments of coal and potash rounded out dry bulk exports from Western Canada.  Other bulk cargoes included inbound commodities for local distribution: road salt, liquid calcium chloride, and liquid petroleum.

Variety was the theme at the port’s general cargo facility, Keefer Terminal.  International project cargo shipments destined for Western Canada included four 250-tonne electrical transformers and a 113-foot long urea pressure vessel.  A modularized structure was loaded at the Terminal for marine transit to Southern Ontario.

As of April 30, the port’s year-to-date cargo volumes are 26% above the ten-year average.  Thunder Bay Port Authority is anticipating continued steady shipments through May.


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