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Port of Churchill records latest season ever

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The Port of Churchill was active into November this year.

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The shipping season at the Port of Churchill extended into November — the latest date ever for a ship leaving the port — resulting in one of the busiest years ever for the port.

OmniTRAX Canada reported total volume in excess of 600,000 tonnes for the 2013 season. The port has averaged about 550,000 tonnes over the past several years. In 1977 the port shipped a record 710,000 tonnes.

Merv Tweed, president of OmniTRAX Canada, said more than 600,000 tonnes of grain and oilseeds moved through the port this season. Wheat accounted for most of the grain loaded during the season, with some durum and canola also being shipped. In addition to grain and oil seeds, the shipping season also included three vessels loaded with re-supply shipments, which included petroleum products for the northern territory of Nunavut.

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