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Port of Churchill grain shipments decline

CHURCHILL, Man. -- The Port of Churchill may be in jeopardy, thanks in part to a steady decline of grain shipments...


CHURCHILL, Man. — The Port of Churchill may be in jeopardy, thanks in part to a steady decline of grain shipments through the northern port.

This year, only 280,000 tones of grain was moved through the port, compared to 500,000 tones last year and 700,000 tonnes the year before. OmniTRAX, the company that owns the port and the Hudson Bay Railway, says it needs to move about one million tonnes through the port to make it viable.

"The last couple of years have been tough," Gary Rennick, chief operating officer of OmniTRAX tells local media. "We’ve been investing considerable sums of money in capital improvements, and we’ll continue to do that. But we’re optimistic that we can make it work."

Normally, the Port of Churchill handles shipments destined for South America and North Africa, but the Canadian Wheat Board has been sending most of its grain through the West Coast ports for shipment to the Pacific Rim region.


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