Nov 18, 2016: The latest figures from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reported rise in project cargo and breakbulk shipment volumes via ports on the Saint Lawrence in October.
The ports of Duluth and Cleveland each saw a significant increase in traffic, driven by a number of major projects in the region.
“Despite the challenges in our traditional non-containerised steel segment, the Port of Cleveland continues to make positive gains in the project cargo market. In October, we handled multiple large project cargo moves from Europe,” said David Gutheil, vice president at the port of Cleveland.
Some of the largest units shipped via the port of Cleveland included presses from Germany for the automotive industry and components for a new natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in northeast Ohio.
Duluth also reported a sharp increase in heavy-lift projects, as completion of the port’s $18 million dock redevelopment greatly increased breakbulk capacity at the Clure Public Marine Terminal.