St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Shipments Return

By Michelle Howard
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Over 15 million metric tons of cargo moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway during the month of July, down just 4 percent over last year, marking a sustained comeback after the slow start to the shipping season.

"The month of July was extremely busy for our ports on the Great Lakes-Seaway System as they handled high value cargoes like steel, wind components, and machinery that arrived from 13 different countries," said Rebecca Spruill, Director of Trade Development for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. "When compared to July of last year, double the number of foreign flagged ships from as far away as Korea and Taiwan transited through the U.S. locks."


Project cargoes were the story at U.S. ports last month.


The Port of Muskegon welcomed the HHL Elbe on July 7 carrying wind turbine blades from Brake, Germany and nacelles from Rostock, Germany. The components are part of the second phase of the Beebe Community Wind Project in Gratiot County, Michigan. The first phase was completed in December 2012.


As with that project, the West Michigan Dock and Market Corporation teamed with KK Integrated Logistics to handle the stevedoring of the components.


"The Port of Muskegon has again been at the center of alternative energy efforts in Michigan. Having experienced port operators is key to re-establishing ourselves as the only deep-water port on the west side of the state," said Terry J. Sabo, Chairman of the Port Advisory Committee.


Three more vessels are due to arrive in August with additional components for this project.


On July 17, the BBC cargo ship, Peter Roenna arrived at the Port of Duluth carrying over two dozen renewable wind energy components after a voyage from Brande, Denmark, where the equipment is manufactured by Siemens A.G. Since the port first started handling these project cargoes for Minnesota Power, a total of 15 shiploads of wind energy equipment have crossed the Atlantic Ocean, sailed through the St. Lawrence Seaway and across the Great Lakes into Duluth. The first shipments arrived in 2006 for the Bison Wind Energy Center in North Dakota. The fourth phase of that project is currently underway. Dave McMillan, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at ALLETE and Executive Vice President of Minnesota Power said: "This latest shipment turns a spotlight on the global nature of sustainable energy and the importance of efficiently transporting goods and services." Port Authority Executive Director Vanta Coda concurred, "The strategic location of this port, the capacity of this facility, and the quality of Lake Superior Warehousing's workforce has earned Duluth a world-class reputation for efficient cargo handling, secure storage and delivery, particularly for shippers of dimensional cargo."


At the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, total maritime tonnage for July 2014 YTD is nearly 25 percent ahead of last year's volume with steel products leading the way. "Marine traffic into the port continues to be up at a steady pace with steel and steel-related byproducts continuing to drive strong shipments," said Port Director Rick Heimann. "We truly appreciate all the companies that have trusted us with their business which has allowed us to experience the volume growth midway through 2014."


The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 28 to July 31 were 15 million metric tons, down 4 percent over the same period in 2013. Iron ore and coal were both down by 37 and 16 percent respectively. General cargo was up 61 percent overall with iron and steel, and steel slabs posting increases of 78 and 111 percent over 2013.


U.S. grain shipments were down by 9 percent in July over last year. The liquid bulk category posted a downturn of 24 percent to 1.3 million metric tons. The dry bulk category was down 1 percent over 2013. However, within that category, salt, cement, ores, and fertilizers were all in the positive column, with fertilizers at a 118 percent hike.

 

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