Port of Thunder Bay Sets Sail to Record-Breaking Success in Fall Cargo Performance

Potash Surges, Keefer Terminal Breaks Records, and Grain Shipments Soar, Positioning the Port for Exceptional Annual Results


The Port of Thunder Bay proudly announces robust autumn performance, culminating in outstanding cargo achievements. The cumulative volume for the year until the end of November reached 8.1 million tonnes, showcasing a remarkable increase from the previous year’s 6.8 million tonnes. Vessel calls, both domestic and foreign, for this period totaled 388, marking a significant upswing from the 329 recorded in 2022.

Notably, the port’s dry bulk handling facilities have attained unprecedented success in potash exports. A staggering half of the total potash volume, amounting to 1.5 million tonnes, was transported in the last three months. October 2023 stands out as the most successful month in recent history, boasting volumes 22% higher than any other month in the past two years of the potash surge. As December results are pending, the port’s potash tally has already surpassed last year’s record-breaking seasonal total by over 300,000 MT.

The trend of breaking records extends to Keefer Terminal, where September set a new record as the busiest month in recent history, subsequently surpassed in November. Cargo varieties encompassed steel pipe, steel rail, wind turbine blades, and phosphate fertilizer. The year-to-date cargo volume at Keefer Terminal, exceeding 100,000 tonnes, is currently more than three times the 5-year average.

November’s year-to-date grain shipments surpassed 6,000,000 MT, indicating a remarkable 20% increase compared to the same period in 2022 when grain volumes were below normal.

Chris Heikkinen, CEO, expressed confidence in the port’s exceptional annual results as the year draws to a close, solidifying the Port of Thunder Bay’s status as a maritime leader.


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