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Grain, potash shipments keep Thunder Bay port busy

Grain traffic to-date are up 25 per cent over last year's pace

Cargo tonnage through the Port of Thunder Bay during April was up 36 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The port authority said the recovery in grain volumes through the port is well underway after a poor Prairie harvest two years ago led to a downturn in shipping. Grain shipments so far this year are up 25 per cent over the same period in 2023 and up 11 per cent over the port’s five-year average. 

Potash shipments through the port are four times higher than in 2023. The authority said the outlook is “promising” for sustained outbound cargoes during this shipping season.

Stevedores at Keefer Terminal handled incoming cargoes of phosphate fertilizer and steel rails, which are stored on-site for shipment to Western Canada.

The port authority reports increased vessel traffic with 14 more ships calling upon the port so far this year as compared to the 2023 shipping season. Nine of those ships are saltwater vessels.