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 2.4 percent compared to 2001, but the amount of steel made in Basic Oxygen Furnaces that turn pellets into hot metal fell 4 percent to an estimated 50.1 million net tons. The Lakes iron ore trade was essentially non-stop in 2002. Shipments ceased from Lake Superior ports when the Soo Locks closed on January 15, but Escanaba continued to ship throughout February, albeit at a much slower pace, as the iron ore was being railed down from the Minorca Mine in Minnesota. The Mesabi Range ore was then loaded into the tug/barge unit Joyce Vanenkevort/Great Lakes Trader. The March 25 opening of the Soo Locks allowed the Lake Superior iron ore trade to resume in earnest, but for the first time in 45 years, Taconite Harbor remained silent. The iron ore mine that shipped through "Tac Harbor" ceased operations in January 2001 and the dock has not loaded a cargo since August of 2001. The March, April and May totals from U.S
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27,145,219 tons in 2012, a decrease of 3.6 percent compared to 2011. The trade was 7 percent below its 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. ports fell 2.4 percent when compared to 2011, and slightly more – 4.1 percent – when compared to their 5-year average. Loadings at Canadian quarries decreased 9 percent compared to 2011, and slipped almost 19 percent compared to their 5-year average.
Oglebay Norton Company announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Oglebay Norton Marine Services Company, LLC, has completed the sale of six of its nine remaining self-unloading freighters for $120 million to American Steamship Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GATX Corporation. Acquired were: M/V Oglebay Norton, M/V Columbia Star, S/S Armco, S/S Middletown, S/S Courtney Burton, and M/V Fred R. White. The Company is also
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.7 million net tons in October, a slight decrease from both a year ago and the month’s 5-year average. Shipments from Canadian Seaway ports reacted much quicker to the downturn in steel production, falling some 32 percent from a year ago. U.S. ports actually outperformed a year ago, but shipments did start to fall off in the final week of October. For the year, the Great Lakes iron ore trade stands at 51
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2,956,930 net tons in August, a slight dip compared to July (131,000 tons), but a decrease of almost 25 percent (959,000 tons) compared to a year ago. Loadings at Lake Superior ports fell 26.7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Lake Michigan terminals rose nearly 71 percent. Loadings at Lake Erie docks slipped 35.7 percent. Year-to-date, the coal trade stands at 15,656,348 tons, a decrease of 16
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 10.1 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in September, a decrease of 2.7 percent compared to August, but an increase of 7.6 percent compared to a year ago. The September float was also virtually tied with the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos for the steel industry increased 16.3 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos for construction, steel production
A contract for the supply and construction of what is being called the world's first barge mounted circulating fluidized bed combustion (CFBC) boiler electrical generating facility has been awarded to Waller Marine Inc., Houston, TX. The nominal 100 MW coal fired power plant will be installed at Pickwick, Tennessee under a contract with Pickwick Power LLC, who will be supplying power into the Tennessee Valley Authority system.
Coal shipments on the in March totaled 1.6 million net tons, an increase of 27 percent compared to a year ago. The trade outperformed its 5-year average for March by 34 percent. Strong demand for coal loaded at ports destined for Canadian customers spurred the surge. Despite the increase, lightloading was rampant again. The largest coal cargo loaded in March totaled only 58,944 net tons. The cargo was carried by a 1,000-foot-long ship and vessels this size have carried nearly 71
With America’s economy still not hitting on all cylinders, the U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet continued to struggle with slumping cargo demand in September. Shipments in U.S. bottoms totaled seven million net tons, a decrease of 36.2 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings were down 39 percent compared to the month’s 5-year average. The year-long slump in iron ore and limestone cargos continued in September. Loadings were off 57 percent and 15 percent respectively
Investment Averages $1.4 Million Per Vessel Maintaining and Modernizing U.S.-Flag Lakers Will Keep Great Lakes Shipyards Busy This Winter. More than 1,200 boilermakers, welders, electricians and other skilled craftsmen will be hard at work this winter maintaining and modernizing U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters when they lay up between late December and mid-January. The major U.S.-flag operators will invest more than $75 million in their 56 vessels so the fleet will be ready to
The Port of Los Angeles’ Trade Connect program has earned the nation’s highest honor for promoting American export trade. The Port was among the 2013 honorees recognized for export sales or service during an “E” Award ceremony at the U
Nicolai Baden has joined Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. as of May 6, 2013. Nicolai has more than 12 years of experience within agency, vessel operation and bunker trading.
Trade partners in Ventura County joined forces at the Port of Hueneme to kick off a program celebrating World Trade Month. The Port timely hosted this event on National Maritime Day. Participating were representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S
Today in U.S. Naval history - May 22 1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, May 22-23 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard
The worldwide supplier and bunker trading company, A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd., appointed Kasper Fulton Stiedl as Managing Director of the office in Dubai, which is expected to open in July 2013. Kasper has been with Dan-Bunkering for 17 years and started as a trainee in Copenhagen, Denmark
Earlier this spring, the worldwide bunker trading company, A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd., announced that they will open an office in the Middle East in July 2013. In this connection Pooja Sangani, who started as a Bunker Trader with Dan-Bunkering in 2011
Japanese trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi calls for early U.S. approval for exports to his country of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Japanese minister made his request at a meeting with Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman, stating that securing a relatively cheap energy source is crucial for
The Port of Houston maintains its position as Brazil's largest U.S. seaborne trade partner by value and weight, newly compiled statistics show. From 2010 to 2012, the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) handled a total of 311,314 twenty-foot equivalent units of trade with Brazil
APL won the Intra-Asia Best Shipping Line accolade at the 27th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCAs). Based on the highest number of votes received from readers of Cargonews Asia, the award lauds APL’s outstanding performance in schedule integrity, customer service support
18 crew members of the ship were rescued shortly before their vessel sank in the Yangtze River after hitting a bridge pier. Damage was visible on a pier of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province after the cargo vessel, loaded with 12
In view of continuous challenging trading conditions effective from July 2013 CMA CGM, Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd, CSAV, China Shipping Container Lines and Hanjin will restructure their services between the Far East and South America East Coast by launching three new joint services.
Heavy ice cover on the lakes that stretched well into April slowed resumption of the limestone trade. Shipments totaled only 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 28% compared to a year ago. Loadings are 21% off the month’s five-year average.
Average global freight rates have fallen to a 15-month low, according to Drewry’s new online Container Freight Rate Insight. Drewry’s Global Freight Rate Index fell 12% in April to reach its lowest level since February 2012, when container shipping was still recovering from the last
The Dubai office of worldwide bunker trading company, A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd., will be beneficiated by yet another Bunker Trader, Arjun Sundar, relocating from Denmark. Arjun is originally from India but has been working with Dan-Bunkering in Middelfart since 2011
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