Cargo shipments up during past year on Great Lakes

Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes this past year experienced growth across the waterway system.

Overall cargo volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway from March 29 to November 30 topped 36 million metric tonnes — up 5.3 per cent over the same period in 2017.

“We expect the busy momentum from November to carry through to when the Seaway closes at the end of December,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

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