THUNDER BAY -- The grain shipments continue to spill into the local port at an aggressive pace.
On Friday the Port of Thunder Bay released new statistics that show grain shipments were up in July by 70 per cent when compared to the monthly five-year average. And when compared to last year’s shipping season, July 2014 featured an 185 per cent increase over the same month in 2013.
This is a dramatic rebound for the port after weathering a slow start to the season because of spring ice conditions. Despite that slow start, May, June and now July all featured significant shipping totals.
The port’s overall year-to-date cargo tonnage now sits at 16 per cent above its five-year average.
The port has also noticed an increase in ocean vessels. Between May 1 and July 31, about 49 salties departed from the port with cargo loaded from one of Thunder Bay’s grain, coal or potash facilities.
That is more than double the 21 ocean vessels that loaded during that same time period in 2013.