October 13 - The St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said that cargo shipments have remained steady during September 2016.
Betty Sutton, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, said there were notable project cargo shipments consisting of crane components, machinery and transformers.
In September, coal, liquids, and general cargo shipments through the Port of Toledo surpassed last year's year-to-date totals. "Aluminum shipments led the way in the general cargo category up 27 percent over last season," said Joseph Cappel, vice president of business development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
For the second month in a row, the Port of Green Bay saw improvement in its year-over-year tonnage. "That's a good trend to see and is reflective, in part, of the economy as well as the variable nature of shipping," said Dean Haen, Brown County port and resource recovery director. "We are hopeful the trend will continue through the end of the shipping season."
At the Port of Milwaukee, steel shipments were up seven percent, while grain shipments more than doubled, explained the port's director Paul Vornholt. "We expect continued strength through the final quarter of the year."
The Port of Oswego saw a rebound of aluminum shipments in September from Sept-Iles destined for the local Novelis plant, said the gateway's ceo, Zelko Kirincich.
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that 21 million tonnes of cargo was handled on seaway from March 21 to September 30 - down 5.32 percent over the same period of 2015. While the general cargo category was down 3 percent overall, steel slabs was up 41.5 percent while other general cargo handling increased by nearly 6 percent year-on-year.