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Above chart datum - Saturday, February 3, 2018

Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron above chart datum 

International Lake Superior Board of Control  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping   high water levels in the upper Great Lakes

THUNDER BAY, ONATAIO  -  February 3, 2018  (LSN)  More seasonable conditions returned to the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron basins in January. Nonetheless, both lakes continue to see the effects of a wet spring and summer, and water levels of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron remain well above average as a result.

The monthly mean level of Lake Superior in January was 183.65 m (602.53 ft), the 2nd highest on record (1918 - present) and the highest since January 1986.

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Port of Thunder Bay Closes Solid Season - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Port of Thunder Bay
Closes Solid Season 

Port of Thunder Wind Turbines  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping  Wind Turbines

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - January 10, 2018  (LSN) The Port of Thunder Bay is closing up for the season, with three wintering vessels arriving today bringing the total of wintering ships in Port to seven.  The final shipment of grain for the season departed the Port on January 4 aboard MV CSL Laurentien. 

Despite closing a bit earlier than normal, total Port shipments for the season were 7% above the five-year average.  The total annual cargo volume of 8.84 million metric tonnes for the season was just a fraction higher than the 8.83 million tonnes recorded a year before.  The Port’s five-year average cargo tonnage is 8.29 million tonnes. 

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Million Tune-Up - Thursday, January 4, 2018

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Million Tune-Up This Winter

M/V Paul R. Tregurtha   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping  final phase of emission-reduction program, the 1,013.5-foot Paul R. Tregurtha

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  January 4, 2018  (:SN)  U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend $65 million maintaining and modernizing their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter.  When complete, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce come the spring break-out in March.

“Winter is the one opportunity our members have to renew and upgrade their vessels,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing the major U.S.-flag carriers.  “They have just 10 months to deliver their customers’ annual raw materials requirement, so the vessels are in service 24/7 during the shipping season.”

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New Brand TBay Port - Friday, November 17, 2017

Port of Thunder Bay Unveils New Brand
 The Superior Way West

Port of Thunder Bay New Brand   Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ON, November 17, 2017: -  (LSN)   The Port of Thunder Bay today launched a refresh of its corporate brand strategy, unveiling a new logo and tagline, “The Superior Way West”. The new brand strategy supports the Port of Thunder Bay’s strategic growth objectives and vision as the preferred marine route for European trade with western Canada. 

Says Tim Heney, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Thunder Bay; “The Port of Thunder Bay’s new brand will enhance our market proposition as the superior way to and from western Canadian markets. We felt it was time to strengthen the Port of Thunder Bay’s global brand strategy as a provider of world-class port facilities and services in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway to national and international supply chain customers.

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TBay Port October - Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Port of Thunder Bay Steel Pipe   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping   Steel Pipe distributed to laydown area

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   - November 8, 2017   (LSN)  The Port of Thunder Bay is on track to ship 9-million metric tonnes of cargo this season, a level achieved just three times in the past 20 years.  As of October 31 the port has handled 6.7 million tonnes of cargo, 11% ahead of the five-year average of 6.0 million tonnes year-to-date. 

Cargo volumes are 7% ahead of last year despite October shipments being lighter than in 2016.  “October tends to be a volatile month in the port,” says Tim Heney, the Port Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, “Last year the port saw very strong grain shipments in October, and this year those shipments were closer to average.”

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Project cargo shipments - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Project cargo shipments keeping Port Busy

Hotel Modular Hotel    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping Project cargo shipments keeping Port Busy from Poland to Calgary 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  October 5, 2017   (LSN)  Project cargo shipments are keeping the Port's general cargo docks busy this season. In September, the Port received shipments of wind turbine towers, modular building components and structural steel, all dimensional cargoes originating overseas and destined for the Prairie provinces. This adds to an already diverse season for project cargoes which has included electrical transformers, pressure vessels, rail lengths and other modularized structures.

The 154 modular building components that were offloaded by Logistec Stevedoring last month are currently being stored in the Port's ample laydown area. They will be trucked to Alberta where they are being constructed into a hotel. 

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CN & Duluth Cargo Connect - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CN & Duluth Cargo Connect officially open Intermodal Terminal

CN & Duluth Cargo Connect officially open Intermodal Terminal  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping Duluth Mayor Emily Larson; Vanta Coda, Duluth Cargo Connect/Executive Director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Keith Reardon, Vice President, CN Intermodal and Automotive; U.S. Representative Rick Nolan (MN District 8); and Jonathan Lamb, Duluth Cargo Connect/President, Lake Superior Warehousing. 

DULUTH, MINNESOTA  --  September 20, 2017  (LSN) Representatives will joined partners from Duluth Cargo Connect, plus customers and other officials today, for an official ribbon-cutting event at their new Duluth Intermodal Terminal.

 Duluth Cargo Connect today announced a new alliance establishing the first rail-served intermodal container ramp in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis

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PORT Thunder Bay SHIPMENTS UP 17% - Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Algoma Mariner loading   Grain at Superior Elevator  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping   Algoma Mariner loading   Grain at Superior Elevator

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO September 5, 2017  (LSN)  The Port of Thunder Bay remains well-ahead of last year in cargo volume as of August 31.  Year-to-date grain volumes are 10% higher than last year, while total port shipments of all goods are up 17%. Shipments in August were slightly above the ten-year average for the month at 750,000 metric tonnes.  Potash and coal volumes continued to be strong, offsetting the slight dip in grain movements for the month.

A good mix of cargoes have been crossing port docks this season, including ten-year-high potash volumes and a variety of project cargoes.  

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