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Quite the haul

Keefer Terminal hits 19-year high on marine cargo handling
Vikingbank unloading steel
The Vikingbank unloads structural steel at Keefer Terminal, Thunder Bay on Dec. 13.

It’s been an “exceptional” shipping season for Keefer Terminal on Thunder Bay’s waterfront.

The Thunder Bay Port Authority mentioned in its December newsletter that the marine terminal recorded its highest volume of cargo since 1997.

A fourth shipment of imported structural steel arrived December 13 aboard the motor vessel Vikingbank, bringing the annual volume of cargo handled at Keefer to more than 10,000 tonnes.

This year, Keefer has handled electrical transformers, wind turbine components, wood pellets, mining equipment and components for an oriented strand board plant.

The port authority expects another upbeat year ahead in 2017 with additional shipments of electrical transformers scheduled for the spring.

Keefer is the most western marine freight-handling terminal on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence Seaway chain. 

In recent years, the port authority has been heavily promoting the facility as an inbound hub for dimensional and heavy-lift project cargoes destined for Northern Ontario and Western Canada.