Coal continues to rise on St Lawrence Seaway

COAL shipments were again a boost to St Lawrence Seaway traffic in October, with an overall jump along with a 25% year-to-date rise in shipments to power and steelmaking facilities.
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Courtesy Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

Donna Schmidt

Data for the month reflected a rise across North American commodities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors led by a 9.8% year-on-year increase in total cargo shipments to 4.4 million metric tons.

While the seaway’s shipments to power generation facilities and steelmakers in October came to 378,000 tonnes, a 13% reduction over last October, coal shipments rose 25% year-on-year.

Iron ore shipments in October were 6% higher than the same time in 2011, and year-to-date figures revealed a 20% increase.

Overall, Saint Lawrence Seaway recorded total cargo shipments of 29.5 million tonnes for the period between March 22 and October 31, up 1.4% over the same period last year.

“In the general cargoes category, shipments through the seaway of iron, steel slabs, project cargoes and domestic general cargoes jumped 9% over last year’s tally,” Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation trade development director Rebecca Spruill told local news outlet WDIO.

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