WASHINGTON, D.C. – The St. Lawrence Seaway reports that so far this year, total ships have been 13.2 million metric tons, up 1.3 percent from last year.
Iron ore and coal used in steel and construction remain the dominant commodities with iron ore shipments up 34 percent to 1.4 million metric tons and coal shipments up 30 percent to 1.8 million metric tons.
Grain shipments were down 16 percent because of drought conditions in the Midwest. General cargo such as wind turbine components was up 163 percent from last year.
The Seaway continues to show its global relevance as a vital marine route moving hi9gh value wind components worldwide,” said Rebecca Spruill, director of trade development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.