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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 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


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


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 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


U.S.-Flag Lakes Fleet Back to Work

The LCA logo (Photo: The Lake Carriers Association)

Cleveland—The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet is returning to service to keep industrial America on the mend. The first vessel to get underway was the tug/barge unit DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER on March 5.  The vessel will spend the month shuttling iron ore within Cleveland Harbor.  Next to sail was the cement carrier SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN/INNOVATION. The tug/barge unit left its winter berth in Cleveland on March 7 and sailed to Alpena, Michigan


U.S.-Flag Laker Cargos Down 8.7 Percent

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 9.2 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in November, a 6.6 percent increase over October’s total that was noticeably impacted by Hurricane Sandy.    However, compared to a year ago, the U.S.-flag float was down by almost 9 percent.  November’s loadings were also 4 percent below the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos for the steel industry totaled 4.1 million tons in November, a decrease of 11


April U.S.-Flag Lakes Float Little Changed from a Year Ago

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 8.2 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in April, a virtual repeat of a year ago, and 2.7 percent better than the month’s 5-year average.   Iron ore cargos for the steel industry registered a modest increase compared to a year ago.  Coal for power generation and steel production dipped 16.5 percent.  Aggregate and fluxstone for the construction and steel industries rose by more than 14 percent.  


CSL St-Laurent on Maiden Voyage

CSL Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers

  The second of Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) two newbuild Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent, was delivered on November 26, 2014 and set sail on her maiden voyage on December 13. She departed at 20:00 CST from Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island, China


Bill Introduced to Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species

Camp, Stabenow, Slaughter Introduce Guarding Our Great Lakes Act   The Guarding Our Great Lakes Act, a bipartisan legislation designed to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive Asian carp, has been introduced by U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (R-Mich


BHP Ships 1 bln Tonnes to China

Iron Ore Shipment to China

  BHP Billiton last night celebrated the shipment of its one billionth tonne of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai. BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President


Great Lakes Ore Volumes Surpass 2013 Figures

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.9 million tons in November, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to a year ago. That increase finally pushed the year-to-date total ahead of 2013’s pace. Through November, shipments stand at 53,249,990 tons, an increase of 86,721 tons.


TPG Marine Acquires Chicago Dry Dock

Chicago Dry Dock (Credit:TPG Marine)

Indiana-based TPG Mt. Vernon Marine, LLC purchased Chicago Dry Dock, a Chicago area shipyard founded in 1979. Chicago Dry Dock operates on the Calumet River and offers unencumbered access to both the Great Lakes (via Lake Michigan) and the Inland River System (via the Calumet/Des


Zargon Oil & Gas Sells Hamilton Lake Assets

The Hamilton Lake property is a 47 section wholly owned Viking unit in east-central Alberta. This property has already recovered about 16 million barrels of oil reserves, which represents only a 10 percent recovery of the o

  Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. announces that it has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement to sell its Hamilton Lake property for $25 million. Property Disposition Zargon has entered into an agreement to sell its petroleum and natural gas assets in Hamilton Lake for a


Aussie Tug Engineers take Deal, Cancel Strike

Tug engineers withdrew plans to strike at Port Hedland, Australia's biggest iron ore port, tug operator Teekay Shipping said on Thursday, removing a threat to exports from BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. The Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers (AIMPE) a day earlier


Great Lakes Coal Up 9% in October

photo courtesy Midwest Energy Resources Company

Shipments from Lake Erie nearly double that of a year ago Coal shipments on the Great Lakes topped 3 million tons in October, an increase of 9 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments also outpaced the month’s long-term average by 75,000 tons


Cenovus to Develop Telephone Lake Oil Sands

Telephone Lake oil sands project

  Cenovus Energy Inc , Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said on Friday it has received regulatory approval for its Telephone Lake oil sands project, a facility that could eventually produce more than 300,000 barrels of oil per day.


Great Lakes Limestone Rally Continues

Great Lakes Cement Carrier (Photo: Rod Burdick)

The Great Lakes limestone trade racked up its fifth straight month of increases over the corresponding period last year in October, Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Stone cargos totaled 3.7 million tons, an increase of 2.8 percent


Cruise Vessel Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photos courtesy of Greak Lake Shipyards

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for routine drydocking of the M/V Nautica Queen. The cruise vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard on Monday, November 10, 2014. The repair contract includes drydocking


Brazil's Vale Opens Malaysia Port in Bid to Cut Freight Costs

Brazil's Vale SA on Friday inaugurated a $1.4 billion port in Malaysia able to receive and blend iron ore from its mega-ships, an important step in the miner's battle to cut transportation costs to the crucial Chinese market. Brazil's distance from China - which accounts for nearly 70 percent


Tug Operators Plan Strike at Port Hedland

Photo: Pilbara Ports Authority

Tug boat operators plan short strike at top Australian iron ore port Tug boat engineers at Port Hedland, Australia's biggest iron ore port, plan to stop work for four hours on Nov. 12 over a pay dispute, threatening exports from BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Up Nearly 15%

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 11.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in October, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to a year ago.  The October float was also 19.6 percent above the month’s long-term average. Iron ore for North American steelmakers totaled 5


Seaway Cargo Movements Pick up Ahead of Winter

St. Marys Cement vessel Challenger in Chicago in 2014 (Photo: St. Marys Cement)

Shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway remained strong in October as North American manufacturers and cities stockpiled vital materials in advance of the coming winter and farmers relied on the waterway to export the new harvest. According to the St






 
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