Strong volumes at Port of Thunder Bay led by surge in potash shipments
Cargo volumes in the Port of Thunder Bay were very strong in May, bolstered by significant grain shipments and decade-high potash volumes.
Outbound potash shipments tallied 134,000 metric tons in May, the highest monthly volume for the port since April 2007. The Port of Thunder Bay is the only potash loading point in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system. The majority of potash shipments in May were direct-export to international ports in Brazil and Europe.
Grain shipments topped 920,000 metric tons in May—100,000 metric tons more than average for the month. For the second consecutive year, record levels of canola are augmenting the strong grain volumes in the port.
Total cargo volumes for the port are now 20 percent higher than average, year-to-date. Thunder Bay Port Authority anticipates a steady summer for port facilities, including its own Keefer Terminal.