General cargo shipments through the end of August drove an increase in overall cargo moved through the 3,700-kilometre-long Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, figures released Wednesday show.
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said overall cargo was up 5.21 per cent to the end of the month as compared to last year.
In a release, the Chamber of Marine Commerce said North American demand for manufacturing and building materials led to spikes in shipments of iron ore, steel, cement, stone and other raw materials.
The chamber is a binational association which represents more than 130 marine industry stakeholders on both sides of the border and internationally.
General cargo shipments were up 60.51 per cent, while iron ore shipments were up 29.36 per cent.