Fewer seaway transits, cargo on St. Lawrence Seaway

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CORNWALL, Ont. – Cargo shipments and the number of vessels carry that cargo are down after nine months of the year compared to 2014.

Numbers released Wednesday by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation show there was 22,020 metric tons of cargo shipped as of the end of September.

That’s down nearly 12 per cent or 3,000 metric tons (24,946 metric tons were shipping during the nine month period in 2014).

Dry bulk goods and grain continue a trend seen last year when a ‘grain boom’ dominated the types of shipments on the waterway.

The number of vessel transits is also down slightly at 2,385 compared to 2,588 in 2014, a decline of almost eight per cent.

In June, the corporation had hoped grain cargo would carry the seaway through this year after seeing nearly 40 million tons in shipments in 2014, buoyed by a nearly 45 per cent increase in grain cargo.

In another seaway development, the Port of Johnstown received its first heavy cargo shipment yesterday (Tuesday) – some generating station equipment – in the newly-expanded port.

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