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A robust May for grain and potash cargoes at Thunder Bay port

Fifty-eight ships arrived at western Lake Superior port last month
(Thunder Bay Port Authority supplied photo)

Grain volumes through the Port of Thunder Bay picked up in pace during May.

The port authority recorded a “strong performance” last month with just shy of 930,000 tonnes of grain moving through the port. The authority is calling it the second highest monthly grain tonnage in two years.

Things are looking up on potash shipments, too, “continuing a record-setting trend” that began early last summer. Potash volumes reached nearly 260,000 tonnes, the second highest monthly total over the past two shipping seasons.

Keefer Terminal, the port’s freight handler for all other cargoes, handled incoming steel pipe in May and a petroleum shipment. The arrival of liquid bulk cargoes for the first time in two years signals a “positive shift in the port’s cargo diversity,” said a port authority news release.

Last month, 58 ships were in port, surpassing the 2023 shipping season’s monthly high of 56 recorded in December. About a third of those arrivals were ocean-going ships.