Seaway shipments up 18% in 2017

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL, Ont. – Shipments along the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 18 per cent so far this year, driven primary by iron ore, dry bulk goods and general cargo.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced that, as of the end of July, there was 16 million metric tons of cargo shipped along the seaway, up from 13.5 per cent during the same period last year.

Iron core has seen the biggest change – up 68 per cent year over year, while dry bulk was up 16 per cent.

The only shipping losses were in coal and liquid bulk.

The number of ships on the river was also up 10 per cent – at 1,759 transits in the first seven months of 2017 – up 163 transits from last year.