Robust August brings tonnage up 16 percent at Port of Green Bay
August was an exceptional month for shipping at the Port of Green Bay, bringing the total tonnage for the season up 16 percent from this time last year. August has definitively been the best month in the 2018 shipping season so far. Imports of cement, limestone and coal all experienced significant increases.
“We are very pleased to see the high tonnage numbers this month,” said Dean Haen, Port Director. “While shipments of petroleum products have been consistently high, coal and limestone were the two commodities that really came in at full force.”
August saw 65,000 tons of limestone and 86,000 tons of coal imported through the Port of Green Bay. August also included the return of salt imports, the first salt shipments since May.
“We will most likely see a delay in total delivery of salt for road maintenance because of a 12-week strike at a salt mine in Goderich, Ontario, Canada,” said Haen. “Their operations resumed in July, but that delay will still have an impact. We should have a better idea how much of an impact in the next couple of months.”
A total of 26 ships have come in and out of the Port of Green Bay since the beginning of the 2018 shipping season. That is nine more than the number of ships at this time last season.