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Port off to better-than-average start

Grain shipments expected to continue to stay strong in the early portion of the 2019 shipping season.
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Crews load grain on to MV Kaministiquia at Richardson Terminal on Friday, March 29, 2019. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – The Port of Thunder Bay had a higher-than-average start to the 2019 shipping season.

From March 28, when the first ship arrived, to April 30, workers handled slightly less than 1 million metric tonnes of cargo, significantly than the five-year average of 750,000 tonnes and 10 per cent more than the same period in 2018.

Port officials attributed the increase to strong grain shipments and a larger number of ocean-going vessels arriving in port during the first month of the shipping calendar.

Adding to the bounty was higher-than-usual grain stocks at the Thunder Bay elevators thanks to grain shipments from western Canada.

With above-average grain movement in the first week of May, it’s expected grain shipments will remain strong throughout the month.

April also saw the port’s first non-grain cargo shipment, an inbound haul of steel from Europe en route to Alberta.

In a newsletter sent out on Friday, port officials announced they expect work on the $15-million reconfiguration of the port’s general cargo terminal to be complete by year’s end, while construction of the new transit building is expected to be under way before summer.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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