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DECEMBER OFF TO A GOOD START IN PORT OF THUNDER BAY

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THUNDER BAY, ON   ----  December 5, 2012  ---  The month of December has started off strong in the Port of Thunder Port of Thunder BayBay, following a dip in cargo shipments in November.  Forty-one vessels carried over 860,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the port during November, about six percent shy of the month’s 5-year average.

Vessel traffic is robust so far for the month of December.  Fifteen vessels were in port over the first two days of the month, with another three calling December 3.  There are currently eight (8) vessels loading in the port: six with grain and one each with potash and pulp.   

Grain shipments for 2012 continue to be strong, and current projections suggest that grain tonnage and overall port tonnage will surpass last year’s totals.  As of November 30, shipments of wheat, the port’s most plentiful grain, are up 8% over last year.  Shipments of canola, the port’s second-most shipped grain, are below last year’s record-high numbers, but still about 20% above the five-year average.

When the navigation season winds down mid-January, total vessel calls at the Port of Thunder Bay are expected to have reached 400 for the first time in four (4) years.

November 2012 Cargo Statistics

 

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Type of Cargo

 Monthly Totals 2012

Monthly   Totals 2011

Cumulative Totals 2012

Cumulative Totals 2011

 Grain

762,551

891,459

5,446,207

5,511,579

 Coal

78,717

96,566

686,037

754,886

 Potash

14,944

13,614

277,768

203,998

 Dry Bulk

0

21,553

83,371

128,390

 Liquid Bulk

6,523

11,156

132,993

87,757

 General  Cargo*

0

7,572

14,112

17,313

 Totals

862,735

1,041,920

6,640,488

6,703,923

* Including Forest Products

Vessel Report

 

 Type of Vessel

 Monthly Totals 2012

Monthly Totals 2011

Cumulative Totals 2012

 Cumulative Totals 2011

 Domestic

36

41

282

289

 Foreign

5

9

59

49

 American

0

0

2

2

 Total

41

50

343

340


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