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July was a busy month at ports along the Saint Lawrence Seaway

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Over 15 million metric tons of cargo moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway in July, down just 4 percent from last year, marking a sustained comeback after the slow start to the shipping season, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) said.

“The month of July was extremely busy for our ports on the Great Lakes-Seaway System as they handled high value cargoes like steel, wind components, and machinery that arrived from 13 different countries,” Rebecca Spruill, director of traded development for SLSDC, said in a statement released today. “When compared to July of last year, double the number of foreign flagged ships from as far away as Korea and Taiwan transited through the U.S. locks.”

Year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 28 through July 31 were 15 million metric tons, down 4 percent from the year-ago period. Iron ore and coal were both down by 37 and 16 percent respectively. General cargo was up 61 percent overall with iron and steel and steel slabs posting increases of 78 and 111 percent over 2013. U.S. grain shipments were down by 9 percent in July from last year. The liquid bulk category posted a downturn of 24 percent to 1.3 million metric tons, while the dry bulk category was down 1 percent. However, within dry bulk, salt, cement, ores, and fertilizers were all in the positive column, with fertilizers at a 118 percent hike.

At the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, total maritime tonnage for July 2014 YTD is nearly 25 percent ahead of last year’s volume with steel products leading the way. “Marine traffic into the port continues to be up at a steady pace with steel and steel-related byproducts continuing to drive strong shipments,” Port Director Rick Heimann said. “We truly appreciate all the companies that have trusted us with their business which has allowed us to experience the volume growth midway through 2014.”


Posted 8/7/2014