Seaway Shipments Pick Up After Slow Start

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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.

Seaway officials say that marks a sustained comeback after a slow start to the shipping season.

Ports on the Great Lakes-Seaway System were busy in July, handling high-value cargoes like steel, wind components and machinery from 13 different countries.

There was double the number of foreign-flagged ships -- some from as far away as Korea and Taiwan -- traveling through U.S. locks compared to last July.

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.

Dry bulk shipments were 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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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