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Richardson doubles grain-handling capacity at Thunder Bay port

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Richardson International Limited has more than doubled its grain-handling capacity at the Port of Thunder Bay with the re-opening of a formerly mothballed grain terminal.

The Winnipeg-based agribusiness giant announced today that the formerly mothballed Current River Terminal, which was acquired last year from Viterra, loaded its first vessel of the season on April 22.

"It was a team effort on the part of our terminal management and all employees to take a mothballed facility and breathe new life into it to enhance our operations in Thunder Bay," Darwin Sobkow, Richardson’s executive vice-president, agribusiness operations and processing, said in a written statement.

"Current River is an excellent complement to our heritage facility and will allow us to increase receiving and shipping efficiencies and capitalize on our ability to handle grains and oilseeds through the Eastern Canadian corridor."

The Current River terminal, which had been idle for about three years when Richardson acquired it, has a storage capacity of 235,000 tonnes. Richardson’s 95-year-old heritage terminal has the capacity to handle 208,000 tonnes, for a total capacity of 443,000 tonnes.

The company said the Current River terminal is expected to handle mainly canola, oats and wheat.

 

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