Cargo & Commodities

Each year, millions of tons of materials are shipped efficiently through the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System. This section covers the various bulk cargo, from iron ore and petroleum to stone and cement, being transported along the system.

Fostering a Positive Workplace

Algoma receives top employer accolades, works hard to stay there Algoma Central Corporation, based in St. Catharines, Ontario, received a high honor at the end of 2023: Algoma was named... Read More

Collaborating for a Green Future

Green shipping corridor created between Quebec and Newfoundland Efforts are now underway to create the first domestic green shipping corridor between Quebec and Newfoundland. The Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Oceanex... Read More

LOGISTEC Acquired by Blue Wolf Capital Partners

One of the largest cargo handling companies in North America is under new ownership. Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a middle market private equity firm specializing in the industrial and... Read More

Nearly 38 Million Metric Tons Transit System in 2023

Nearly 38 million metric tons (mmt) of cargo transited the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System in 2023. This resulted in an overall increase of more than 3.4 percent compared to... Read More

Container Service Begins in New Hamilton Rail Terminal

Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT), in collaboration with Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports), and Canadian National Railway (CN), have created a direct intermodal rail service between Hamilton, ON and Montreal, QC.... Read More

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up, Limestone Down in October

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.8 million tons in October, a decrease of 2.7 percent compared to a year ago.  Limestone cargos were above the month’s five-year... Read More

Shifting Cargo: Great Lakes ports look to grow short sea shipping

Labor issues, congestion, efficiency and environmental stewardship. All are factors driving some ports on both sides of the border between Canada and the United States to consider the advantages of... Read More

Spliethoff Expands Great Lakes-European Service

There was important news in May regarding new international commerce on the Great Lakes. That’s when the UAL Fortitude called at the Port of Duluth-Superior, the start of Spliethoff’s new... Read More

$200 Million Lantic Sugar Expansion Plan at Port of Montreal

Lantic Sugar, which has a plant on Notre-Dame Street East on Port of Montreal territory, has announced a vast expansion and modernization project. The $200 million overhaul will make it... Read More

Iron Ore Trade Up, Limestone Down in June

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tons in June, an increase of 47.8 percent from 2022. Shipments were 12.7 percent above the month’s 5-year average.... Read More

65th Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway

The 2023 navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway is now underway. On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC),... Read More