US St Lawrence Seaway ports see 1.7pc decline in 2020 tonnage

US ports in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence Seaway system reported a 1

10 February 2021 - 19:00
US ports in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence Seaway system reported a 1.7 per cent decline in total tonnage during the 2020 navigation season, compared to 2019, despite facing a tough year, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

'Despite all the challenges throughout the year, results demonstrate the resilience of the waterway and its ability to remain competitive,' said the system's Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook.

Grain, coal, gypsum, steel slabs, asphalt were the top-performing commodities in the system.

Meanwhile, the Port of Duluth-Superior saw an increase of 219,000 tonnes, breaking the port's previous record.

'This port's tonnage record is a much-appreciated highlight, made even better by the fact that Duluth Cargo Connect set records in consecutive seasons,' said Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director Deb DeLuca.

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbour port director Ian Hirt declared his optimism about the uptick of wind components as well.

'The Port of Burns Harbour handled 10 ships containing components for gas-powered electric generation stations as the US Midwest shifts away from coal,' said Mr Hirt.

Meanwhile, the Port of Cleveland saw two major infrastructure programmes completed in 2020, including a 400-foot extension of an ore tunnel at the port's bulk terminal and a main gate upgrade at the general cargo terminal.

'The upgrades completed in 2020 will lead to much more efficient handling of cargo as well as an increase in throughput capacity. The main gate upgrade will also reduce wait times for trucks, enabling future cargo growth and reducing emissions,' said Port of Cleveland Chief Commercial Officer David S Gutheil.

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