The Port of Thunder Bay continues to experience reduced grain shipments as the Prairie harvest yield hits a ten-year low. Monthly grain loads were down 30% in September. This mirrors estimates by crop analysts of a 30% reduction in crop yield this season. Year-to-date grain shipments of 4.6 million tonnes tonnes are now 5% below average.
A highlight during September was potash shipments, which doubled the monthly average. Canadian potash producers earlier this year had signalled strong production for the second half of 2021. Canada is the largest potash producer in the world. Thunder Bay is on track to set a 4- year high for potash shipments in 2021.
Delivery of a 220-tonne gas turbine generator took place at Keefer Terminal; shipment components were loaded to truck and rail for furtherance to Western Canada. This is the first in a series of heavy lifts and breakbulk cargo shipments scheduled at Keefer Terminal this fall. General cargo volume is showing strength, totaling 22,703 tonnes versus the year earlier 12,000 tonnes. (photo TBPA)