Thursday June 9, 2016

Port of Oswego Authority Gears Up For Shipping Season

Aluminum for Novelis hot commodity at local port

    The St. Lawrence Seaway opened two weeks earlier this shipping season and U.S. ports took advantage of the warm weather to move cargo for their customers.


    In May, the Port of Oswego Authority received three shipments of aluminum totaling 9,079 metric tons, which was delivered on the Alouette Spirit and Evans Spirit, said Zelko Kirincich, executive director and CEO of the port.


    This is the first time the Evans Spirit has been to the Port of Oswego with its new loading and discharge system.


    Kirincich said the port has a year-to-date total of 19,507 metric tons of aluminum, an increase of 86 percent over this time last year.


    The aluminum is being used by Novelis in Scriba, the world leader in rolled aluminum products and recycling and the largest global producer of automotive and beverage can sheet.


    In addition to the aluminum shipments, the port has received 8,802 metric tons of potash from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and 11,400 metric tons of corn from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


    “We are excited to have had a very busy start to the shipping season and are looking forward to an even busier year ahead with both inbound and outbound cargo,” Kirincich said.


    Betty Sutton, administrator of the U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., said during the first nine weeks of the 2016 navigation season, ships arrived from 30 countries and delivered cargo that supported a wide range of manufacturing.


    “Our longshoremen worked diligently to offload cargo ships delivering transformers bound for electric power companies, tanks for beer brewing companies, windmills for power generation, dockside cranes for offloading ships, and kaolin for the manufacturing of paper,” she said. “With the 58th navigation season well under way, we are excited about the strong mix of cargoes that have moved through the U.S. Seaway locks.”