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November Ore Shipments Up on Great Lakes

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes reached their highest level so far this year in November. The trade totaled 4.6 million net tons, an increase of 27 percent over the preceding month. The upturn reflects higher operating rates at the nation’s steel mills that, in turn, have required the sailing of some U.S.-Flag lakers that had been idled. The most recent reactivation was on November 25 when the American Republic returned to service. The vessel was designed specifically to shuttle iron ore on the twisting Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Comparisons with a year ago and the month’s five-year average illustrate the depth of this recession. November loadings were six percent off the pace of a year ago, and nearly 14 percent behind the month’s five-year average. For the year, the Great Lakes iron ore trade stands at 27.5 million tons, a decrease of 50.1 percent compared to a year ago. The decrease is only slightly less when compared to the trade’s five-year average for the January-November timeframe – 49.3 percent.


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 7% in November

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.5 million tons in November, an increase of 7% compared to a year ago.  The November ore float was also 4.1% ahead of the month’s five-year average, but trailed October by 7.7%. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 4.9 million tons, an increase of almost 10% compared to a year ago.  The November total included 366,000 tons shipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing vessels and delivery overseas


Great Lakes Ore Trade Down 11.3% in March

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 1.9 million tons in March, a decrease of 11.3% from a year ago. Loadings were 9.3% ahead of the month’s five-year average, however. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 9.7% compared to a year ago. The March total included 116,000 tons shipped to Quebec City for loading into oceangoing vessels and delivery overseas. Shipments from Canadian ports totaled 113,000 tons


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Declines in July

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6.4 million tons in July, an increase of 7% compared to June, but a drop of 8.2% compared to a year ago. Loadings also trailed the month’s long-term average by 6.5%. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.7 million tons, a decrease of 5.2% compared to a year ago. The July total included 490,000 tons shipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing vessels and delivery overseas. Year-to-date overseas exports total 1,550,000 tons


Maritime Community to Pay Tribute Oberstar

M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar (Photo courtesy The Interlake Steamship Company)

The Great Lakes Maritime community will honor Former Rep. James Oberstar on Thursday, May 8. All U.S.-flag vessels working the Great Lakes will lower their flags to half-mast in honor of Congressman Oberstar. Also on May 8, at almost the same time funeral services for Congressman James L. Oberstar are scheduled to get under way in Washington D.C., the U.S.-flag laker that bears his name is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior to load iron ore pellets – a Great Lakes


Great Lakes: Less Ice Sees Ore Ships Thrive

Photo: Ben McClain

A relatively mild December on the Great Lakes allowed iron ore shipments to increase dramatically compared to a year ago when an early arriving winter blanketed the system with thick ice, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments totaled 6.3 million tons, an increase of 23.6 percent compared to a year ago, LCA said, noting that the biggest increase came from U.S. ports on Lake Superior. Meanwhile, loadings out of Duluth, Minnesota, Superior, Wisconsin


Great Lakes Ore Trade Off 7 PCT in September

File Photo: Great Lakes Stone Carrier.

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.9 million tons in September, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to August, and 7 percent below the level of a year ago.  Shipments were, however, 6.1 percent ahead of September’s 5-year average.   Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5,052,532 tons, a decrease of 10.2 percent compared to a year ago.  Included in that total were 360,000 tons shipped to Québec City for final delivery overseas


First U.S.-Flag "Lakers" Back In Service; 52 More To Follow

When the cement carrier ST. MARYS CHALLENGER gets underway in April, it will mark the vessels 107th year of service. (Photo: Rod Burdick)

The 2013 Great Lakes shipping season began on March 2 with the sailing of the tug/barge unit Prentiss Brown/St. Mary’s Conquest. The vessel, operated by Port City Marine Services, departed its winter lay-up berth in Milwaukee and sailed for Charlevoix, Michigan, where it loaded 9,200 tons of cement for delivery to Chicago. Next to get underway was the tug/barge unit Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. The vessel, one of 10 operated by The Interlake Steamship Company, loaded about 13


Last Saltie Departs Duluth; Lakers Make Final Push

The Palmerton departing beneath Duluth’s Aerial Bridge on Dec. 20.  Photo Credit:  Paul Scinocca

Duluth-Superior’s international shipping season winds to a close as last saltie departs; Great Lakes freighters make final push to mid-January   This weekend signaled the ‘beginning of the end’ of the 2014 shipping season – as the last oceangoing vessel (saltie) to have called on the Port of Duluth-Superior this year departed just after midnight Friday – passing beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge at 12:26 a.m. Saturday morning.    


April Ice Weighs on US-flag Lakes Cargo

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 6.7 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in April, a decrease of nearly 6 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average.  Another brutal winter again spawned heavy ice formations Lakeswide that slowed the vessels that were put into service and delayed others’ sail date. With five of the six U.S. iron ore loading ports on Lake Superior, it follows that the iron ore trade was most affected by the ice fields


BHP to Spend $240 mln on Iron Ore Tug-Boat

Port Hedland. Photo: BHP Billiton

 BHP Billiton plans to construct a new eight pen tug harbour at Hunt Point in Port Hedland, as well as purchase six additional tugs, for $US240 million ($A326 million).   The investment will also include an upgrade of workshop facilities


BHP Will Beef Up Hedland Port, Acquire Tugs

BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will spend $240 million upgrading its marine iron ore facilities in Western Australia. The funds will be used to purchase six tug boats and build a new tug harbor in the Port Hedland Port, with construction due to be completed in the September 2016 quarter.


Vale Sells Four 'ValeMax' Bulkers to China Merchants

A ValeMax very large ore carrier (file image: Vale)

Brazilian mining company Vale SA said on Thursday that it expects to receive $448 million from the sale of four dry-bulk iron ore ships to China's state-owned China Merchants Energy Shipping Co in September. The 400,000-deadweight-tonne ships


Three Rescued on Lake Tahoe

The Coast Guard and multiple agencies rescued three people Wednesday evening after they were reported missing on Lake Tahoe. At 9:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe that a 31-year-old female and her


New Dredger for Lake Lotawana

Lake Lotawana’s 7012 HP Versi-Dredge deepening Buffalo Cove - the project is running ahead of schedule (Photo: IMS)

Lake Lotawana Association celebrated the launch of its new 2015 Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge at Buffalo Cove on May 1, 2015. In attendance was Dave Wagner, Dredge Committee Chairperson, outgoing Mayor, David Welsh and Ward III Alderman, David Tillema as well as IMS President, Jim Horton


Great Lakes Ore Trade Up in May

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.6 million tons in May, an increase of 53 percent compared to ice-impacted April, and 4 percent better than a year ago and the month’s 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)  


Usiminas to Cancel Iron Ore Shipment Contract

Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas intends to cancel its iron ore shipment contract with the Sudeste Port, a private terminal near Rio de Janeiro, the port said on Friday.   The statement did not say how much Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, as the company is formally known


Best May for U.S.-Flag Lakers in 7 Years

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 10.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in May, their highest total for that month since 2008.  The surge is at least partially attributable to the fact that no ice delays were experienced this May.


LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues

Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the inland seas


Mega Valemax Enteres China for First Time in Two Years

 Valemax “Yuan Zhuo Hai”. Pic: China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco)

 Mega-ore carrier  Valemax  Yuan Zhuo Hai, which is owned by China Ore Shipping,  has arrived Dongjiakou Port in Qingdao for unloading iron ore. This is the first entry of such a bulk carrier tonnage in the sea port of China for the past two years.  


Lakes Limestone Trade Tops 4 Mln Tons in June

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,042,766 tons in June, an increase of 6 percent compared to May, and 9-plus percent compared to a year ago, according to figures reported by the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA).  The June stone float is also the highest monthly total


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Dips in June

Photo: LCA

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.2 million tons in June, a decrease of 6 percent compared to May, and nearly 5 percent below the level of a year ago, the Lakes Carriers' Association (LCA) announced.


USCG Icebreaking Tug Up for Drydocking

USCG Cutter Katmai Bay on the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard awarded drydocking contract for USCG Cutter Katmai Bay   U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8, 2015.


Great Lakes Towing Company Adds 4 Harbor Tugs

Tug Michigan (Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company)

The Great Lakes Towing Company, which operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway, has announced the addition of four more tugboats to its fleet. The four newly purchased tugs will be named after four of the Great Lakes; Tug Michigan


Foreign Steel Cuts Lakers’ Ore Float in June

 With foreign steel now commanding nearly 32 percent of the U.S. market, it was inevitable that iron ore cargos hauled in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) would take a hit, and that hit came in June, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Cargos totaled 4






 
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