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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 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


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 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


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

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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.


Vale Coal Stacker Collapses at Mozambique Port

A coal stacker has collapsed at the Mozambique port of Nacala, dealing a blow to Brazilian miner Vale, which is aiming to start coal shipments in the third quarter of this year, three sources told Reuters on Monday. The giant piece of machinery


Self-lubricating Bearing Polymer: Safe, Easy to Machine

Photo: Vesconite

Many plastics and metallic alloys present machining challenges as some deform and are difficult to maintain exacting tolerances, while others require strict and costly adherence to environmental regulations. Vesconite claims to solve these issues with a high-performance bearing polymer that is


Major Ivorian Cocoa Buyers Boycott Local Exporters Scheme

Major cocoa buyers are boycotting a scheme in Ivory Coast aimed at guaranteeing local firms a share of the lucrative export market, arguing that these players lack the expertise and financing to ensure reliable deliveries.   A 2011 reform of the cocoa sector in Ivory Coast


First LNG Shipment from Donggi Senoro in Indonesia

Image:  Donggi Senoro LNG

 Indonesia’s $2.8 billion Donggi-Senoro LNG project has shipped its first cargo of the chilled gas on August 2, Mitsubishi Corp, which holds about 45 percent of the project, stated.   The $2.9 billion project, with LNG production capacity of 2 million-tonne-per-year (mtpa)


Retailers: Port Statistics Bill Would Help Avoid Repeat Slowdown

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The National Retail Federation (NRF) and more than 100 other business groups called for passage of legislation that would require the Transportation Department to track port statistics, saying it could help avoid a repeat of the congestion and slowdowns that occurred along the West Coast during


First Iranian Ship Storing Oil Sails for Asia After Nuclear Deal

An Iranian supertanker with two million barrels of oil is heading to Asia after sitting in Iranian waters for months, the first vessel storing crude offshore to sail after a nuclear deal this week, data showed on Thursday.   Iran and six major world powers reached a landmark nuclear deal on


Ukraine, Frontera Sign Construction of LNG Terminal

Photo: NJSC Naftogaz

 Ukraine's NJSC Naftogaz signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Frontera Resources on the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Ukraine, according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.   "U.S


Cargo Volumes Rise at St Petersburg

Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg

  In the first half of 2015 the turnover of OJSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (SP SPb) amounted to 4.3 mln tons, which is by 5% more than the indicator of the same period during the last year. Positive dynamics was caused by growth of handling volumes of main cargoes


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


Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course

Image: Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP)

 Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported.  Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous


US Slaps Sanctions on Singapore Shipping Firm over North Korea Links

Image: Senat Group

 The United States imposed sanctions on a Singapore-based shipping firm and its president, alleging they are supporting illicit arms imports into North Korea.   The Treasury Department said that Senat Shipping Company was providing extensive support to Ocean Maritime Management Company


Senat Shipping Disputes US Sanctions

Singapore-based Senat Shipping said on Friday it had done nothing illegal and that it was unreasonable to be put on a U.S. sanctions list for alleged connection with a blacklisted North Korean shipping company. The U.S. Department of Treasury on Thursday listed Senat


Russia's Urals Export Higher from Baltic, Down from Novo

Russia is seen increasing its exports of Urals crude oil from its Baltic ports in August, while shipments from Novorossiisk on the Black Sea are expected to decline, a preliminary loading schedule showed on Friday. On the Baltic, Urals exports from Primorsk are expected to rise to 3


Pemex to Ship 6 mln Barrels of Crude to Japan

Mexico's Pemex said on Friday it had agreed to ship six million barrels of its light crude to Japan's largest refinery over the next six months, as the state-run oil company seeks to further develop its ties with Asia.   The shipments of Isthmus crude will go via six cargoes between this


Korea Plans Big for Busan Port

Photo: Busan Port Authority

Port of Busan aims to handle 13 million TEU of trans-shipment cargo by 2020 ranking it number two in the world.    A long-term vision and strategy to develop the Port of Busan into a global transshipment hub port has been announced by the Korean Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries together






 
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