100 Main Street Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6R9
Tel: (807) 345-6400
Fax: (807) 345-9058

The Superior Way West for Project Cargo

The Port of Thunder Bay is a hub for dimensional and heavy-lift project cargo shipments for destinations in Western Canada. Advantages of shipping through the Port of Thunder Bay:
  • Reliable, expert service with a proven track record
  • Largest rail clearances to the Oilsands of any Western Canadian port
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor laydown area capacity for cargo storage and staging
  • Maximized use of marine transport in the supply chain by shipping to the furthest inland port in Canada
  • Competitive rates and no harbour maintenance tax
  • Customized, value-added service for every shipment


Shippers benefit from the port’s competitive, value-added services and facilities. Project and general cargo shipments are handled at Keefer Terminal, a sprawling 32-hectare facility:

  • Direct access to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways, as well as the TransCanada Highway and U.S. highways
  • Liebherr LHM 320 mobile harbour crane
  • On-dock rail and intermodal yard with 200-car marshalling yard
  • 17 acres of granular and paved laydown area with room for expansion
  • Indoor space totals 50,000 square meters (550,000 sq. ft.)
  • Heated space is available


Expansion and Reconfiguration

The Port of Thunder Bay is dedicated to providing high-value service for every shipment.

In 2018, the Port began a $15 million terminal reconfiguration project that will see the development of additional heated warehouse space, new granular laydown area, upgraded rail track and increased railcar spots. Anticipated completion of the project is 2020.

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Backhaul Cargo

An added benefit to the shipper is the availability of bulk cargo as backhaul to foreign or domestic ports. Thunder Bay is the largest outbound port on the Seaway, offering grain, coal and potash from Western Canada for export.

The Port ships 7.5 million tonnes of grain annually to destinations around the world.








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What our customers are saying:

“Working with the Port of Thunder Bay has been an absolute pleasure. The logistics portion of these projects requires a relationship to be established well in advance of arrival and pricing can effect where our vessel arrives. TB provides a cost effective water arrival option to Central and Western Canada without compromising security, inland resources and specialty needs.  Having worked with some of the largest ports in the U.S, TB provides refreshing individual attention, flexibility to schedule change and requests while maintaining required confidentiality.”

Laurie Ritter, Modular Cargo/International Trade Specialist at Polcom USA LLC