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Strong start to Thunder Bay shipping season

Port moves more than 840,000 tonnes of grain during April
(Port of Thunder Bay supplied photo)

The Port of Thunder Bay reports cargo shipments for the 2021 shipping season are off to a solid start.

Cargo shipments through the Port of Thunder Bay during the month were 20 per cent higher than the five-year average but were down nine per cent from the same period last year.

Grain accounted for more than 843,000 tonnes of the 955,953 tonnes moved through the Lake Superior port during the month.

In a news release, the port authority said for the third straight year, Western Canadian grain farmers produced near-record volumes of wheat, canola, and other grain and pulse crops in 2020.

The strong production led to high volumes of winter carryover in the port's elevators despite increased exports in 2020 resulting from the global pandemic.

During April, Keefer Terminal accepted two shipments of structural steel beams and steel rails, which are destined for Western Canada.

Domestic vessel calls during the period were up by seven over last year, while saltwater ship calls were down by eight.

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