January 26 - The Port of Hamilton's strong connection with manufacturing industry in the region that it serves was behind a 53 percent increase in project cargo shipments in 2014, says the port authority.

Project cargo shipments totalled 58,647 cu m (or 14,000 tonnes) and included windmill blades and turbines; power plant components; construction machinery and vehicles; steel cables and pipes; as well a recreational yacht.

Total cargo volumes through the port were 10,526,732 tonnes in 2014, representing a 5 percent increase over 2013.

The port welcomed 157 ships from overseas in 2014, with the balance (462) operating within the Canada/US Great Lakes. Overseas tonnage was 2 million tonnes, a gain of 39 percent year-over-year and the highest volume of overseas cargo in a decade.