Hamilton, Oshawa ports reporting strong shipping season in 2023

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Published July 18, 2023 at 9:20 am

Port of Hamilton

Steady demand for steel, fertilizer and grain at Hamilton and cement and asphalt at Oshawa have given the HOPA Ports a strong foundation for growth as the 2023 shipping season hits the halfway point.

More than 62,000 metric tonnes of cement have been delivered through Oshawa since the beginning of the year, an increase of 27 per cent over the same period last year. Cement is processed locally for construction and infrastructure projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

“Oshawa continues to serve as a highly efficient gateway to supply essential construction materials to residential and civil infrastructure projects within the GTHA,” said Larissa Fenn, VP of Corporate Affairs at HOPA Ports, which handles port activities at both Oshawa and Hamilton.

Oshawa has also seen increases across the board in steel products, including beams, coils and pipe products. So far this year the port has handled more than 130,000 metric tonnes of cargo.

HOPA Ports is seeing positive trends in the year-to-date cargo results for both facilities. The Port of Hamilton is reporting consistent strength in steel, fertilizer and grain, and has handled nearly 3.8 million metric tonnes of cargo so far this year.

Agri-food products are leading the charge in Hamilton; close to one million metric tonnes of grain have transited the port this season, along with 243,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer and 43,000 metric tonnes of raw sugar. “We have been anticipating a strong year for the agri-food sector,” said Fenn. “We continue to make investments to be able to support both grain exports as well as domestic food processing supply chains.”

HOPA is equally encouraged by year-to-date results in steel commodities at the Port of Hamilton, she added. More than 270,000 metric tonnes of finished steel have transited the port so far this year, a 43 per cent increase over the same period in 2022. Finished steel is processed locally for use in the auto manufacturing, major appliances, and local construction industries.

“As the largest port in Ontario, Hamilton plays a crucial role in connecting our global supply chains and we are encouraged by the cargo volumes we’re seeing at this point in the navigation season,” she said.

 

Port of Oshawa

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