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Massive Crawler Crane is Keefer's first project cargo of the season


MV Minervagracht is taking on the port’s first project cargo shipment of 2016 today at Keefer Terminal.  The cargo is a massive crawler crane, components of which arrived at the terminal via 80 truckloads from Alberta.  Logistec Stevedoring will provide ship-loading services.  The Spliethoff-owned Minervagracht will transport the crane parts to their final destination in Europe.  Freight forwarder for the cargo is UTC Overseas.

The shipment is transiting on Spliethoff’s regular cargo service between the Great Lakes and Europe that began in Cleveland in 2014.  The service expanded to other Great Lakes ports and has since delivered four shipments of project cargo to Keefer Terminal.  The two-way service provides shippers the opportunity to transport partial shiploads without having to charter an entire vessel.  This has opened up cargo diversification opportunities for the Port of Thunder Bay; most of the cargoes shipped to the port via Spliethoff have been oversized cargoes such as heavy machinery and mining equipment.

Spliethoff is the largest ship owner in the Netherlands, with a fleet of over 100 multipurpose vessels.

Thunder Bay is Canada’s furthest inland port, offering close proximity to Western Canadian provinces and territories.  Keefer Terminal has extensive experience handling project cargoes, machinery, windmill equipment and heavy lifts, with expansive indoor and outdoor laydown areas, intermodal yard, on-dock service by CN and CP railways, and a mobile harbour crane.

The media is encouraged to attend the loading of this vessel for photo, video and interview opportunities.  To make arrangements and for further information contact:


Guy Jarvis

Director of Engineering & Harbour Master

(807) 345-6400