It is early spring and the shipping industry is still coping with the effects of last winter’s harsh weather conditions. Indeed, for the most part, 95% of the great lakes was frozen tight with very high levels of ice thickness. This is unprecedented as it has never occurred in 40 years, making a return to normal slower than usual.
Barge (or vessel) loading is resuming little by little but shipping is already behind schedule by 5 weeks, which can be translated into a loss of approximately 500.000 MT of cargo.
Fortunately, the first loaded vessels are reaching the St. Lawrence River. This is very encouraging since it shows that the situation is gradually improving.
On the other hand, ice thickness levels are still too high and vessels have to move slowly and in convoy all the way through the great lakes and in the waterway connecting them to the St. Lawrence River.
Ifaco and its Canadian partners are doing all they can to minimize the impact of this year’s historical winter harshness on its business.
Our over thirty years of expertise and the solidarity of our network on site are assets that we utilize tirelessly, and we can confirm today that the worst is behind us