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THUNDER BAY – After a slow couple of months, the Thunder Bay Port Authority says local cargo numbers were back on the rise for September.
Port officials are also saying there have been gains in every major category so far this year.
The port saw nearly 1 million tonnes of cargo moved through the local port during September. That's a 32 per cent increase over September 2011. The vast majority of that cargo was grain, with 845,000 tonnes moving through the port last month.
There has also been an increase in vessels, which has a direct impact on shipping totals.
So far this year, there have been gains in coal, grain, potash, dry bulk, liquid bulk and general cargo, with more than 5 million tonnes shipped in and out of the port.
Port Authority CEO Tim Heney said he is pleased with the numbers.
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He added that the new numbers put Thunder Bay ahead of Prince Rupert, B.C. in terms of total shipments, and says the port is running very efficiently.
(Thunder Bay Television)