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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


Port Metro Vancouver Approves $15m Coal Transfer Project

Port Metro Vancouver, Canada's largest port, said on Thursday it has approved a new facility to transfer coal from trains onto barges at Fraser Surrey Docks, a decision that followed lengthy public scrutiny over the project's environmental and health impact.


CBP Aircraft Locates Vessel in Distress

CBP Aircraft Locates Vessel in Distress

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents assigned to the North Dakota Air Branch have located four people on Red Lake after a call for assistance came in from the Red Lake Police Department. The incident began at approximately 2 a.m


US Rail Jams Force Rush to Roads and Rivers

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U.S. coal-burning power utilities are being forced to turn to barges and more expensive trucks to move coal, desperate to shore up stockpiles left dangerously low by the widespread bottlenecks on rail networks. The shift in how coal is being delivered to some power plants from mining regions


Indian Investigators Drop Case Against Billionaire Birla

Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Birla

  India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a coal scam case against billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla and a former top bureaucrat that emerged in 2012 after an auditor's report on revenue loss to the exchequer from allocations of coal blocks.


Riverboat Tahoe Queen Refloated

A passenger vessel, Tahoe Queen, ran aground with reportedly 296 passengers aboard in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Members from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco continued the investigation and oversight of salvage efforts for Tahoe Queen, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco and a commercial salvage team successfully removed the Tahoe Queen, a riverboat-style passenger vessel, from a sandbar off Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday afternoon. Watchstanders at Sector San Francisco received a report Monday at 3:37 p.m


EPA: Waukegan Harbor Cleanup Complete

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the completion of all cleanup work required to remove Waukegan Harbor from the binational list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman was joined for the announcement at Waukegan Harbor by Illinois Governor


Lakes Record Best Month for Limestone in Two Years

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,090,079 tons in July, the highest total for the trade since July of 2012, the Lake Carriers’ Association said, adding that loadings that month totaled 4,083,753 tons. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 3


St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Shipments Return

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Over 15 million metric tons of cargo moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway during the month of July, down just 4 percent over last year, marking a sustained comeback after the slow start to the shipping season. "The month of July was extremely busy for our ports on the Great Lakes-Seaway


GLG Shipyard Applies Finishing Touches to 'Biscayne Bay'

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Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard.


USCG, Lake Carriers, Sign Mutual Training Agreement

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The U.S. Coast Guard 9th District informs it has jointly signed a Mutual Training Agreement, that further promotes cooperation and education opportunities between the Association’s seventeen member companies that operate cargo vessels on the Great Lakes and the Coast Guard as their


Indonesian Miners Demand Longer Transition for New Rule

Indonesian Miners demand more time

  Coal miners have called on the government to extend the transition period for implementing a new coal-export rule that creates longer procedures before shipment.   In a change to previous arrangements, from Sept. 1 Indonesia, the world’s biggest exporter of thermal coal


July is Best Month for US-flag Lakers in 2 Years

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 11,365,550 tons of cargo in July, their highest monthly total in two years.  The industry’s July total also represented increases of 8.6 percent compared to June and 10.2 percent compared to a year ago.


Great Lakes’ Ore Float at 6-year High

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Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 7,231,506 tons in July, the highest level since July 2008 when 7,318,961 tons were loaded at U.S. and Canadian ports. This July’s total also represents an increase of 8.6 percent over June and 10.2 percent over a year ago.


EPA Awards Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocking Contract

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Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) R/V Lake Explorer II. The research vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract that started on August 14


Capesize Rates to Rise Much Higher this Year

According to Commodore Research & Consultancy, capesize rates ended last week at $15,561/day, which marked a week-on-week increase of $6,167 (66%). Capesize rates have been able to rise by such a large amount so quickly, as vessel availability in both the Atlantic basin and Pacific basin have






 
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