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Port reports strong shipping numbers

By CJ Goater Sep 12, 2023 | 4:40 PM

The Port of Thunder Bay has had a busy summer season with strong shipments of grain, potash, and general cargo.

As of August 31, 2023, crews at the Thunder Bay elevators have loaded an extra 1 million metric tons of grain compared to the same period last year.

Despite the port’s strong year shipping grain, it is still just shy of the 5-year average for the period.

The month of August was strong for potash shipments.  More than 250,000 MT of potash were shipped from port terminals, surpassing the monthly record set last year.

Potash, mined on the Canadian Prairies, is shipped from Thunder Bay to destinations in Europe, North Africa, and South America.  Port potash volumes hit a 30-year high in 2022 and the 2023 season is on track for a similar outcome.

The port’s general cargo program is going strong this season.  Keefer Terminal has had steady inbound vessel traffic during August and the first week of September, with shipments of bulk fertilizer, steel pipe, steel rail, and machinery. The terminal is experiencing its best year to date for steel, with regular shipments continuing through the fall.

Traffic in the Port of Thunder Bay increased by 50 vessels as of August 31 compared to the same time last year, resulting in a visibly busy Bay occupied by freighters.