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Cargo diversity highlights May shipping activity

THUNDER BAY — Officials with the Port of Thunder Bay are pointing to a variety of cargo shipments as a highlight for shipping activity during the month of May. In an announcement on Monday, they said the port’s “project cargo” corridor was in full swing. Project cargo is an item that exceeds the capacity of a shipping container, and therefore requires special arrangements.

Commencing what port officials expect will be a banner year for that type of cargo, the month of May saw vessels discharging windmills, wood pellets, structural steel and a railcar cabin at the port’s general cargo facility. Further shipments of steel and windmills are set to arrive this month. Since the start of navigation, 96 ships have visited the port, seven more than the five-year average for this point in the shipping season.

Tonnage totals for cargo of all kinds including general cargo, liquid bulk. potash, coal and grain are pacing just ahead of the five-year average, although the totals for May alone were about 12 per cent lower than May of 2017.

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