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St. Lawrence Tonnage Up In 2010

The recently concluded 2010 navigation season saw an increase in activity through the St. Lawrence Seaway, with cargo volumes up by 15 per cent on the year to a total of 35.5 million tonnes, according to a release from the seaway.

Shipments of iron ore posted a 35 per cent gain over the level witnessed in 2009, while grain movement was up by 10 per cent. General cargo movement increased by 63 per cent, according to the release.

“With a recovery in the manufacturing sector, characterized by a resurgent domestic auto assembly business, the level of activity in the iron ore trade broke out of the starting gate at a brisk pace in 2010,” said Terence Bowles, newly appointed president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) in the release.

“It is often said that the transportation sector serves as a barometer of economic activity, and we are pleased to note that 2010 finished with positive momentum on several fronts,” said Bowles.

The seaway navigation season for 2010 lasted for 280 days, concluding on December 29.

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