Thunder Bay Terminals puts bulk handling facility up for sale

by Teresa Acklin
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   THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA — Thunder Bay Terminals Ltd., the largest fresh water, Canadian-owned terminal on the Great Lakes, is negotiating the sale of its bulk product handling facility, the company announced recently.

   The bulk handling facility is designed to transfer bulk commodities, including coal, potash and grain, directly from rail cars to Great Lakes and ocean-going vessels. Annual throughput capacity of the terminal is 11 million tonnes; only about 300,000 tonnes of that is grain.

   According to the 1998 “Seaports of the Americas” directory, published by the American Association of Port Authorities, the facility accepts 100-unit trains that arrive along a 400-meter elevated loop track. A new dry bulk system handles direct rail-to-vessel transshipments and trains of up to 120 bottom-dump hopper cars can be unloaded in less than three hours.

   Thunder Bay Terminals is a subsidiary of Russel Metals Inc., Toronto, Canada.