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Great Lakes Limestone & Coal Trade Up

Lakes Limestone Trade up 16% in September Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,461,606 net tons in September, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to August, and 16 percent better than a year ago.  However, the trade was down 10.7% compared to the month’s 5-year average. Loadings at U.S. ports were up 342,000 tons compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks increase by 135,000 tons. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 20.5 million net tons, an increase of 25.2% compared to a year ago, but a decrease of 15% compared to the five-year average for the first three quarters.  Loadings at U.S. ports are up 28 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks are 15.4% ahead of last year’s pace. Great Lakes Coal Trade Up 32.5 Percent in September Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 3,648,453 net tons in September, a decrease of 6.8% compared to August, but an increase of 32.5% compared to a year ago.  Compared to the month’s five-year average, loadings were down 7.4%. Shipments from Lake Superior rose noticeably from a year ago – 35% – and were on par with the month’s five-year average.  Loadings in Chicago increased by 145% compared to a year ago and all but equaled the month’s five-year average.  The coal trade out of Lake Erie increased 13.6% compared to a year ago, but was nearly 20% off September’s five-year average.


Great Lakes Coal Trade Falls 13% in September

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in September, a decrease of 13% from a year ago and the preceding month. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.6 million tons, a decrease of 13.5% compared to a year ago.  Coal transshipped from Superior, Wisconsin, to Québec City, Québec, for loading into oceangoing colliers totaled 96,000 tons.  Exports to Europe from Superior total 1,253,000 tons through September.


Great Lakes April Coal Shipments Unchanged from a Year Ago

Photo: LCA

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.2 million tons in April, a virtual tie with a year ago.  The trade was 19 percent below the month’s five-year average, however. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.4 million tons, a slight increase from a year ago. Included in that total were 168,000 tons loaded in Superior, Wisconsin and transshipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing colliers.


Great Lakes Coal Trade Down 7.3% in November

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in November, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago, and well below – 35.2 percent – the month’s long-term average.  Shipments were also 4.1 percent less than October’s tally of 2.8 million tons. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.6 million tons, a decrease of 9.2 percent compared to a year ago.  Coal transshipped from Superior, Wisconsin, to Québec City, Québec


Stiff Rate Increases Seen For Atlantic Capers

Some stiff rate increases for Atlantic capers were seen for business to China and for trans-Atlantic coal, brokers said last Wednesday. Panamax rates were still drifting from the U.S. Gulf due to lack of orders, but levels in the Far East for these vessels remained firmer, they added. Conditions for handy size vessels and to a lesser extent smaller geared tonnage, were generally better in the Atlantic. The Baltic Freight Index (BFI) rose six points to 1,223


Lakes Coal Surges in November

Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 4.1 million net tons in November, an increase of 21 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were also up nearly 7 compared to the month’s 5-year average. Shipments of low-sulfur coal from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, accounted for most of the increase. Nonetheless, the dredging crisis continued to hamper shipments. Not one coal cargo topped65,000 tons in November, and many were in the 63,000-ton range


News: Lakes Shipping Down 1.4 Percent in 2002

Dry-bulk cargo movement on the Great Lakes totaled 162.3 million net tons in 2002, a decrease of 1.4 percent compared to 2001 and a drop of 6 percent compared to the 5-year average. Iron ore shipments totaled 58.9 million net tons in 2002, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to 2001, but a decrease of 9.2 percent compared to the 5-year average. North American raw steel production totaled an estimated 101.7 million tons in 2002, an increase of 2


Chinese Coal Imports Remain in the Foreground

There was marginal improvement in the dry bulk market as improvement in demand for larger vessel segments was countered by a decline in demand for the smaller ones. According to the latest Dry Bulk Insight, the Drewry Hire Index remained at 217 points. The Chinese coal market remained in the news, with the policy of China’s National Energy Administration still unclear as regards a potential ban on low-quality coal imports


Dry Bulk Specialist Mazzone Hired by ISS

Vincent Mazzone has been appointed to the role of Vice President Cargo Solutions Business Development.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)  has announced a key hire in its Cargo Solutions division. Vincent Mazzone, a dry bulk supply chain and risk management professional, has been appointed to the newly created Geneva-based role of Vice President Cargo Solutions Business Development. Mazzone joins ISS following a career in dry bulk products including coal, ore, non-ferrous concentrates and fertilizers.  Working for SGS, Koch Carbon LLC and most recently as a consultant


Great Lakes Coal Trade Down 2.8% in 2013

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 24.6 million tons in 2013, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to 2012. Some of the decrease can be attributed to the early onset of winter in December, which lead to a 17-percent decrease in loadings on Lake Superior. Individual cargos were further reduced toward the end of the month when vessels voluntarily lightened their drafts to ease transits through an ice-clogged stretch of the St


UK Subsidises 8 Renewable Energy Contracts

Wind farm file photo

The British government on Wednesday awarded investment contracts under a new subsidy regime to eight renewable energy projects, including five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants. The projects together are worth 12 billion pounds ($20 billion) and will support 8


Coast Guard Concludes Great Lakes Icebreaking

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Randy Beauchamp

The U.S. Coast Guard concluded icebreaking operations on the lower Great Lakes, Monday, more than four months after it started, Dec. 15, 2013. Operation Coal Shovel is a binational domestic icebreaking effort covering the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Detroit/St


Japan LNG Imports Hit Record Levels

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Japan imported record volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and thermal coal in the fiscal year ended in March, as the country's  shutdowns of nuclear stations since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 forced utilities to burn more fossil fuels to generate power.


US 2014 Petroleum Production: Why Hubbert was Wrong

Combined production of crude oil, gas and condensates in the United States is on course to a hit a record this year, passing the previous peak set in 1972. The rise in output has confounded the famous forecast made by Shell geologist M King Hubbert who predicted that U.S


Coast Guard Battles 24-inch Plate Ice

Morro Bay, Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday. The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea.


New Mangalore Port Traffic Up 6.29%

MT Humanity is the first VLCC handled by the port (Photo: NMPT)

New Mangalore Port recorded growth of 6.29% in cargo handling during the financial year 2013-14, GAC informs. The port handled 39.36 million tons of traffic, compared to 37.03 million in 2012-13. Of the total, 14.94 million tons (up from 14


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Ice Blockade Halves March Lakes Shipping

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Ice formations, the likes of which have not been seen in decades, severely limited cargo movement in U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes in March. Shipments of iron ore, coal and cement in “lakers” totaled 980,000 tons, a decrease of 55 percent compared to a year ago


China: Coal Imports to Stay Steady in '14

China's imports of coal in 2014 are expected to remain at the same level as last year, with demand growth slowing and the domestic market already well-supplied, a senior energy official said on Thursday.   China imported 267 million tonnes of coal for the whole of 2013


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Cargill Earnings Hit by Commodity Market Disruptions

Cargill Inc said on Tuesday its quarterly earnings fell 28 percent, making it one of the largest companies yet to demonstrate how big commodity market disruptions this year have hurt its bottom line. Minneapolis-based Cargill, a top global commodities trader


AEP Barges into the Liquid Transport Markets

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Answering the needs of longstanding clients, bulk transport giant AEP dips its toes into the liquid transport arena.       AEP River Operations needs no introduction for most MarineNews readers. One of the true river giants operating on America’s domestic


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


 
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