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Grain cargoes surge through Thunder Bay port

Freight movement of steel, wind turbine components see year-over-year improvement
(Port of Thunder Bay photo)

Cargoes of Western Canadian grain through the Port of Thunder Bay have more than doubled from last year’s pace, according to the port authority.

Year-to-date grain shipments are up 63 per cent from 2022 and increased 54 per cent in May, compared to the same month last year, the authority said in June 2 news release.

Outbound shipments of Western potash are down from last year’s 32-year high. 

A record 1,204,876 tonnes of potash moved through Thunder Bay in 2022, surpassing the 1.3 million tonnes that transitted the port in 1990.

Potash shipments are expected to pick up in the coming months.

The authority said inbound general cargo shipments through Keefer Terminal continue to grow year after year, and this year is no exception, with movements of steel rails, wind turbines blades and tower components and more than 20.000 tonnes of phosphate fertilizer.