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.

Great Lakes ports show steady growth at the start of 2024 shipping season

Proving its worth Movement of cargo on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is booming thanks to an early start to the shipping season. The 66th navigation season began March... Read More

Great Lakes Towing Launches Caribbean Breakbulk Service

The Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT) has acquired the barge Crimson Glover from Crimson Shipping Company in Chickasaw, Alabama. GLT purchased the 270×80-foot, fully enclosed deck barge, or warehouse barge,... Read More

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 33.9 Percent in May

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in May, an increase of 33.9 percent compared to one year ago. May’s loadings were also above the month’s... Read More

New Eco-Friendly Cement Carrier Being Built for Great Lakes Service

A new state-of-the-art mechanical/pneumatic cement ship designed to service the Great Lakes is under construction. Eureka Shipping, jointly owned by SMT Shipping and The CSL Group, will operate the new... Read More

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