NEW YORK Shipments of aluminum products through the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Port of Oswego in New York are expected to increase by 30 percent this year due to increased demand from aluminum sheet manufacturers looking to service the automotive industry, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce.
The Port of Oswego is seeing record levels of aluminum shipments and expects more than 120,000 tonnes to be delivered to the port in 2014, the chamber said, adding that most of the aluminum is shipped by barge from the Aluminerie Alouette facility in Sept-Îles, Quebec, the largest aluminum smelter in the Americas.
The material is being consumed by Atlanta-based Novelis, which recently added two automotive finishing production lines in Oswego (amm.com, Oct. 25) and is constructing a third line to meet spiking demand from auto manufacturers such as Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co., the chamber said.
"We are enjoying record levels of aluminum shipments through the port and expect this to rise even further in 2015 as Novelis additional aluminum rolling capacity comes online," Zelko Kirincich, executive director of the Port of Oswego, said in a statement. "This is a great example of how the port and marine shipping on the Great Lakes-Seaway system support the success of local manufacturers."
The Chamber of Marine Commerce is a binational association representing about 150 marine industry stakeholders, including major Canadian and U.S. shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international shipowners.