Cargo Shipments Rise at St. Lawrence Seaway

By KBJR News 1

Cargo Shipments Rise at St. Lawrence Seaway

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM CST

Washington, D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The St. Lawrence Seaway says that total cargo shipments were up 5% in May.

Total cargo shipments from March 22 to May 31 were 8.9 million metric tons up, a 3.7% increase over the same period in 2011.

May also saw a rise in international vessels that delivered wind turbine components for wind farm projects in the Midwest and Western Canada.

Double digit figures were noted in coal, iron ore and general cargo.

Iron ore shipments through the Seaway rose 41% to 1.3 million metric tons in May; which is a 24% increase from last year.

Coal shipments for power generation and steel production rose 31% over 2011 and salt tonnage hiked a 37% rise in May.

However, grain shipments were down on both sides of the border, seeing a 22% downfall in May since 2011.

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