St. Lawrence Seaway tonnage down nearly 10 percent in 2015
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 8:50 am

Cargo tonnage on the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2015 was off by nearly 10 percent from 2014, with coal shipments dropping by 40 percent.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation – the Canadian equivalent of the American St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation – released its year-end figures Tuesday for the season ended Dec. 31, 2015.

Total tonnage in 2015 is reported at 36.11 million metric tons, compared with 39.887 million in 2014, down 3.777 million tons, or 9.47 percent.

Coal shipments, down 40.28 percent, had the single biggest drop in cargo categories, from 4.204 million tons in 2014 to 2.511 million in 2015, or 1.694 million tons less, accounting for nearly half the total tonnage drop from 2014 to 2015.

Grain shipments were down nearly 11 percent; liquid bulk was down more than 11 percent; and general cargo dropped by 15.4 percent.

The only category reported by the SLSMC to have increased was iron ore, up by 3.84 percent.

But transits by vessels through the system were down by only 3.99 percent, from 3,937 in 2014 to 3,780 in 2015, or 157 fewer transits.