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Ice Stalls Resumption of Lakes Coal Trade

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Ice, reportedly more than 4 feet thick in places, effectively stalled the resumption of the coal trade on the Great Lakes in March, the Lake Carriers’ Association said. Only three coal cargos were loaded: one on Lake Superior, one on Lake Michigan and one on Lake Erie. Combined, the cargos totaled 102,000 tons, a decrease of 70 percent compared to a year ago. Compared to the month’s five-year average, March loadings were down more than 80 percent. Year-to-date the Lakes coal trade stands at 475,000 tons, a decrease of 16 percent compared to a year ago, but 54 percent below the long-term average for the first quarter. Source: Lake Carriers’ Association lcaships.com  


Great Lakes Coal Trade Up 7.2% in June

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.8 million tons in June, an increase of 9.2% over May, and an increase of 7.2% compared to a year ago. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.8 million tons, an increase of nearly 20% compared to a year ago. Included in that total were 93,000 tons loaded in Superior, Wisconsin, and transshipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing colliers. Exports to Europe from Superior total 630,000 tons through June.


Lakes Coal Trade Impacted by Weather in June

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Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.6 million tons in June, a decrease of 9.7 percent compared to May, and a drop of nearly 13 percent compared to a year ago.   Some of the decrease was the result of a lengthy outage at the Lakes’ largest coal-shipping operation, Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.  Flooding after a torrential storm forced shipments to cease on June 19.  The dock resumed loading on July 8


Great Lakes Coal Trade Down More Than 12 Percent in July

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Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in July, a slight increase – 63,000 tons – compared to June, but a drop of 12.4 percent compared to a year ago.  Loadings fell even more when compared to the month’s 5-year average: 30.5 percent.   Only one port range – Lake Michigan – registered an increase over last year: 37.7%.  Loadings at Lake Superior docks fell 13


Great Lakes April Coal Shipments Unchanged from a Year Ago

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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.


Ice Took Heavy Toll on Lakes Coal in April

Ice formation, the likes of which have not been seen since 1994, dramatically slowed coal shipments on the Great Lakes in April. Loadings totaled only 995,000 tons, a decrease of nearly 55 percent compared to a year ago. Compared to the month’s five-year average, April shipments were down nearly 57 percent. The biggest drop came from Lake Superior ports. The only way vessels could safely cross Lake Superior in April was to be convoyed by U.S


Great Lakes Coal Trade Down 10-Plus Percent in September

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Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 3,049,705 tons in September, an increase of 6.3 percent compared to August, but a drop of 10.1 percent compared to a year ago.  Compared to the month’s 5-year average, loadings were down 14.5 percent.   Overseas shipments from Superior, Wisconsin, continued in September.  Coal shipped to Québec City for reloading into oceangoing vessels totaled 192,000 tons


U.S., Canadian Coast Guards: Operation Coal Shovel

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Neah Bay break track lines for a commercial vessels in Lake St. Clair, Jan. 12, 2010

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel, seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, starting Thursday, Jan. 3.   The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers work together to prevent ice jams in these vital economic waterways as conditions worsen throughout the winter.  


Lakes Coal Trade Well Below Long Term Average

According to data compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association, coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 373,000 tons in January. While the total represents an increase of 62 percent compared to a year ago, January 2013 was well below previous years, and even this January’s total is 25 percent below the month’s long-term average. The harsh weather did limit coal shipments in January, the Lake Carriers’ Association said


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. Clair River System and southern Lake Huron. Crews aboard Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw, Hollyhock, Bristol Bay, Neah Bay and Morro Bay were joined by crews from Canadian Coast Guard Ships Samuel Risley


Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St


Baltic Sea Index Down as Weak Demand Hits Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday as lack of demand took a toll on rates for most of the vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


USCG Conducting Ice Flushing Operations

 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Ice flushing operations help keep brash ice from forming and encourages the flow of ice down river preventing possible flood situations. U.S. Coast Guard video by USCGC Bristol Bay.

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.   Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

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  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


Baltic Sea Freight Index Up

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose Monday on higher demand for smaller vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose three points, or 0


Baltic Index Retreats with Falling Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Wednesday.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 3 points, or 0


Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to


Faltering Capesize Demand Drags Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped further on Thursday on extended weaker demand for bigger vessels.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Dry Index Weak, Shipping in Troubled Waters

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 Baltic Dry Index (BDI), which tracks the cost of shipping iron ore, coal, grain and other materials, is continuing to remain weak as Chinese imports of commodities especially iron ore and coal has gone down portraying dark futures for seaborne trade.  


GoFree Debuts Lake Insight & Nautic Insight Cartography

Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions PRO, HD East and HD West.

  GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters


India's Coal Imports to Jump 19% in 2014/15

India's coal imports are expected to jump 19 percent to a record of about 200 million tonnes this fiscal year, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told Reuters, as power companies add capacity to meet rising demand even as millions go without electricity.  


Baltic Sea Freight Index up on Higher Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on higher rates for capesize vessels.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Soo Locks Open for Cargo Ships

The Edwin H. Gott enters the Poe Lock: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 Despite the chilly temperatures and heavy snowfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Soo Locks for the start of the Great Lakes shipping season.    The Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock


Baltic Sea Freight Index Flat on Muted Vessel Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained steady on Thursday due to a muted vessel activity.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


MOL’s Coal Carrier for Tokyo Electric Power

Coal carrier Hakutaka

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the coal carrier Hakutaka, which will serve Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. was delivered at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation on March 26, 2015. The vessel jointly developed by Sanoyas Shipyard and MOL






 
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