Tracing Atlantic Huron's recent movements indicates a major shift in the bulk to coal from grain. The ship spent its brief winter layup in Montreal from February 20 to April 9. On April 14 it was upbound in the Seaway and headed to South Chicago where it loaded at the KCBX terminal.
It may be a matter of terminology, but its cargo was reported to be coal. However the KCBX terminal is better known for its export of petroleum coke. Petcoke, as it is commonly known, is a waste product in the refining of tar sands crude oil. Much cheaper (and dirtier and sulphur laden) than coal, it is used by Nova Scotia Power in its coal fired power plants, such as Point Aconi, near Sydney. In any event Atlantic Huron loaded cargo at KCBX and was douwnbound again in the Seaway on May 5-6, and discharged at Sydney, NS.It then proceeded directly to Halifax, arriving this morning.
The veteran ship was built in 1984 at the now defunct Collingwood Shipyard
In 2002-2003 it returned to Port Weller where it was widened to take advantage of new Seaway regulations. The wider portion of the hull is visible in the photo above, just below the banner name.
Until 2012 it did appear in Halifax with grain cargoes, but is now almost exclusively in the ore/coal/gypsum trade.