St. Lawrence Seaway cargo tonnage up from last year

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

May tonnage results on the binational St. Lawrence Seaway system reflect steady progress, with cargo totals trending at a five-year average.

Overall, as of the end of May, nearly 8.4 million tonnes of cargo transited the system, just above the figures for the same period in 2023.

“Steady tonnage gains month-over-month demonstrate the reliability of the binational St. Lawrence Seaway system and the fluidity of its supply chain,” said St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation president and CEO Terence Bowles. “Not only is marine shipping on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system driving the North American economy, the fuel efficiency and technology employed by Canadian and U.S. vessel operators using the Seaway are lessening environmental impact.”

A few cargoes which had significant increases compared to 2023 are:

  • Dry and liquid bulks, with cement up 77,000 tonnes at approximately 527,000 tonnes, and fuel up 114,000 tonnes totaling 768,000 tonnes.
  • Potash, an agricultural fertilizer, was up 287,000 tonnes for a total of 335,000 tonnes.
  • General cargo shipments of Iron and Steel up 195,000 tonnes to 580,000 tonnes.

“Our Great Lakes Seaway System ports continue to be productive, reliable, and resilient within the global supply chain,” said Adam Tindall-Schlicht, administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “From agricultural exports to renewable energy material imports, the Seaway is playing a pivotal role in moving a diverse range of essential goods around the world.”