It may be fall, but the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority’s Oshawa harbor will remain a hub of activity until the first week of 2023, when the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System shuts down.
Colin Williamson, a freelance multimedia journalist, captured this video of the work happening in the port this week.
Most might assume the port is busiest during the summer, but the fall is the port’s most active time, according to Larissa Fenn of HOPA.
“The fall is the port’s busiest time, as port users in various industries stockpile the raw materials they will need for operations during the winter months,” she said.
WHAT PRODUCTS COME THROUGH THE PORT
• Fertilizer and potash used on farms in the Durham/Kawartha region
• Road salt
• Steel, mainly structural steel feeding GTA construction activity
• Cement and asphalt drove by demand in the construction sector
• General cargo, like machinery components or other large items. Last year, the port of Oshawa received the massive boring machine used to dig the Scarborough subway extension.
• Ontario-grown grain for export
• 70 vessels expected to dock in the harbor in 2022
If you see a vessel in port and want to know more about it, you can visit www.hopaports.ca and check out the Oshawa vessel tracker.