Melting Arctic has Manitoba grain port thinking about growth

(CHURCHILL, Manitoba) — The record ice melt in the Arctic this year has Canadians thinking about potential growth of shipping in the Northwest Passage, including the grain port in Manitoba, CBC News reported. Ship traffic has increased at Churchill in recent years, and increased use of the Northwest Passage could boost the number of ships serving Pacific routes as well as Atlantic. The Churchill port, owned by U.S.-based OmniTrax, has diversified its cargo in recent years and now serves industries other than just grain.

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By Professional Mariner Staff