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Great Lakes Coal Falls Short in 2014

Photo: LCA

Despite a nearly 1-million ton increase in coal shipments on the Great Lakes in December, the surge was not enough to enable the trade to outperform 2013, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said, reporting that shipments for the year totaled 24.5 million tons, a slight decrease compared to 2013.  The December surge was possible because heavy ice did not form on the Lakes until January of this year. Shipments totaled 3.1 million tons, an increase of 43 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Superior, Wisconsin, rose by 39 percent, and loadings at Lake Erie terminals soared by more than 70 percent. However, for the year, only the Ohio port range registered an increase. According to LCA, shipments from Toledo, Sandusky, Ashtabula and Conneaut totaled 8.5 million tons, an increase of 26.3 percent. The 706,000 tons loaded in Conneaut were the first that dock has shipped since 2008. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 14.1 million tons, a decrease of 6.2 percent, and loadings out of Chicago fell 34 percent, LCA said.

Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 106% in May

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 6.3 million net tons in May, an increase of 16.4% over April, and an increase of 106% compared to a year ago.  Shipments were also up 4.6% compared to the month’s five-year average. May loadings at U.S. ports increased 118% compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian ports rose 38%. Year-to-date the Lakes ore trade stands at 15.8 million net tons, an increase of 140% compared to the same point last year

Ag Concerns Thwart Shipment

On Tuesday, August 31, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Port of Sweetgrass, MT refused entry on a shipment of Chinese porcelain vases coming from Canada which contained an unknown plant material present throughout the entire shipment. CPB Officers used Vehicle and Cargo Inspection gamma ray technology to inspect the container, which showed an unmanifested substance inside all 83 vases. Further inspection of the material revealed three to four inches of a wheat-like

Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down 17% at Midyear

M/V Buffalo (Photo courtesy of American Steamship Company)

The Lake Carriers' Association reported that iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes total 19.2 million tons through the end of June, a 17 percent decrease from a year ago and the trade’s long-term average. Higher water levels have not been able to offset the interminable delays suffered during the winter of 2013/2014. Shipments from U.S. ports through the second quarter stand at 16.8 million tons, a decrease of nearly 19 percent compared to a year ago

St. Lawrence Seaway Cargos up 3% over 2013

CSL Assiniboine loading iron ore at the CN/Duluth dock. Photo by Diane Hilden/courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have surpassed 2013 levels despite one of the most difficult starts to the shipping season in years due to ice coverage. According to Seaway figures, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to August 31 reached 20 million metric tons, up 3 percent over the same period last year. Vanta Coda, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, said, “It’s taken several months to even get close to catching up from the icy start to this

Great Lakes Coal Trade Slows in November

Photo: Central Marine Logistics, Inc

Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 2.6 million tons in November, a decrease of 3 percent from a year ago, as shipments were affected by weather-related delays, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported.   Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.5 million tons, a slight decrease from a year ago, while loadings on Lake Michigan totaled 209,000 tons, a decrease of 33 percent compared to a year ago. Lake Erie was the one port range to register an increase

Indiana Port Tonnage at Five Year High

The Ports of Indiana handled 8.1 million tons of cargo in 2011, the largest annual tonnage since 2006. New ethanol and dried distillers grains (DDGs) shipments combined with gains in limestone, salt and steel cargoes fueled a 5 percent increase in total shipments moving through Indiana's three ports.     "Despite continued economic uncertainties, this was the fourth consecutive year our ports experienced growth," said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper

Cargo Shipments Through Seaway Up


North American commodities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors drove an uptick in tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System.    The St. Lawrence Seaway reported a 9.8 percent increase for total cargo shipments in October – 4.4 million metric tons – compared to October 2011. For the period March 22 to October 31, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 29.5 million metric tons, a rise of 1.4 percent over the same period in 2011.

Seaway Cargo Shipments Up 3%

Continued demand for iron ore, coal, and general cargo for the industrial and manufacturing sectors lifted the tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System to the positive column.  For the period March 22 to November 30, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 34.6 million metric tons, a rise of 2.67 percent over the same period in 2011. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported an 11 percent increase for total cargo shipments during the month of November – 5

Panama Canal Receives Third Shipment of Gates for Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The third shipment of four gates for the new locks of the Panama Canal Expansion has arrived to the Atlantic entrance of the waterway, the Panama Canal Authority announced The four gates arrived Sunday on board the Post-Panamax vessel Xia Zhi Yuan 6 owned by COSCO Ocean Shipping. The shipment began its journey from Trieste, Italy on August 17 before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to reach the entrance of the Panama Canal, where they will be unloaded onto a special temporary dock.

Kenya Releases Ship Carrying Weapons

Höegh Transporter

  A Norwegian-flagged ship that was held in Kenya for more than a week over undeclared weapons belonging to the United Nations has been released, the owners of the vessel said. Kenyan authorities boarded the ship at the port of Mombasa on Sept. 17 and uncovered undeclared weapons in a U.N

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

Photo: NYK

Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

Container Tracking ensures that your shipment is always 'just a click away'

Photo: CMA CGM

 "Our 24 x 7 multi-referential container tracking facility ensures that your shipment is always ‘just a click away’!," says CMA CGM.   CMA CGM Container tracking is available anytime anywhere- from your personal computer, laptop

APL launches U.S.-flagged Guam Saipan Express

A dedicated APL vessel of 1,100 TEU will service the route

  APL today introduced a new fortnightly U.S.-flagged service to Guam and Saipan. The Guam Saipan Express (GSX) will connect with APL’s weekly U.S.-flagged Eagle Express service (EX1) in Yokohama, giving Guam and Saipan shippers an alternative for shipping from the U.S. mainland.

Italdraghe Harvester for Lake Victoria

Italdraghe weed harvester

  The latest Italdraghe acquatic weed harvester is now on its way to Kenya. Destined to be used to remove the mats of hyacinth and hippo grass that have been steadily taking over the waters of Lake Victoria, the harvester will be based in the city of Kisumu. 

Seaway Sees Project Cargos Rise in August

Press release - While August is generally slower for Seaway traffic, U.S. ports handled a range of project cargo for their customers. “During the month of August, high value project cargo was on the move throughout the Great Lakes-St

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

Kalmar's K-Motion System Reachstackers for Immingham CT

Kalmar Gloria reachstacker featuring K-Motion drive train

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a contract to supply Immingham Container Terminal in the UK with four Kalmar Gloria reachstackers equipped with new Kalmar K-Motion technology. The units are part of a significant investment by Associated British Ports (ABP)

Great Lakes Ore Trade Dips in August

Photo: Interlake Steamship

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.9 million tons in August, a decrease of 19 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).   LCA said the ore trade was suppressed by continued high steel imports levels

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 4% in August

Shipments of limestone from U.S. and Canadian quarries on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in August, an increase of 4 percent compared to a year ago, and even more, 10 percent, when compared to the month’s long-term average, according to the Lakes Carriers’ Association (LCA)

Cheniere to Ship LNG Cargoes to France

Sabine Pass LNG Terminal. Pic: Cheniere Energy

 Cheniere Energy agrees to send 24 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG), or 89T BTUs, from its Sabine Pass Terminal in Louisiana in 2017 and 2018 to French state-controlled power utility  Electricite de France (EDF), its second deal in two months to ship the fuel to France after EDF

Great Lakes Cargo Volumes Down in August

Photo: LCA

Foreign steel, vessel repairs and a broken lock combine to cut U.S.-flag Great Lakes float 10 percent in August, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Continued high levels of steel imports, coupled with three large vessels idled for repairs and a lengthy closure of the

Plug-and-play Ballast Treatment Deck Modules

Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) delivered a pair of modular ballast water treatment units, specially designed for tank barge and ship operations.   The Ballast Treatment System Deck Module – or “Ballast Module” – combines expertise from MSI, Glosten and Alfa Laval

Höegh Autoliners Confirms Weapons on Detained Vessel

Courtesy Höegh Autoliners

  Höegh Autoliners confirmed that their vessel, Höegh Transporter, which is currently berthed at Mombasa, Kenya, carried a consignment of United Nations (UN) vehicles from Mumbai, India destined for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN Defends Arms Shipment in Kenya, Calls Drug Claim Disturbing

Weapons discovered by Kenyan authorities aboard a Norwegian ship were part of a legitimate cargo for United Nations peacekeepers and the vessel should not have been inspected without a U.N. presence, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday.  

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