Seaway traffic down 10 percent this season in St. Lawrence River
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Seaway traffic down 10 percent this season in St. Lawrence River section, down six percent system-wide

Cargo traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway was down 10 percent in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section from the season opening in March through November compared with last year.

Total tonnage has dropped from 27,904,000 metric tons last year to 25,096,000 tons this year so far.

Traffic was down more than six percent through the entire system, according to figures reported today by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

The category hardest hit by decline is iron ore, down nearly 18 percent this year, from 9,395,000 metric tons from March through November 2012 to 7,707,000 tons this year.

General cargo is also down nearly 18 percent, from 1,829,000 metric tons to 1,502,000 tons this year in the St. Lawrence River section. Through the entire Seaway system, general cargo tonnage is down more than 19 percent.

But liquid bulk is up, at 3,007,000 tons this year compared with 2,656,000 tons last year in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section, an increase of more than 13 percent.

Transits through Eisenhower and Snell Locks this year is down by 210 or 7.8 percent, from 2,695 last year to 2,485 this season so far.