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US Lakers’ Cargo Dips 15% in November

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 7.9 million tons of cargo in November, a decrease of 15 percent compared to both a year ago and the month’s long-term average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said.   Iron ore cargos decreased 22 percent in November compared to a year ago, while coal cargos fell 16 percent and limestone loadings dipped 5 percent, according to LCA.   Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargos total 79.8 million tons, a decrease of 1 percent compared to the same point in 2014, and a drop of 3 percent compared to the long-term average for the January-November timeframe. Iron ore cargos have decreased 8 percent compared to a year ago. Coal shipments are up 4 percent. Limestone loadings have increased 8 percent.


US-flag Lakes Cargos Down Almost 10% in July

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.85 million tons of cargo in July, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA) reports.  The July float was also 9 percent below the month’s five-year average.   Iron ore cargos for the steel industry totaled 4.6 million tons, a decrease of 3.4 percent compared to a year ago. Coal shipments to power plants and steel mills fell to 1


Cargo Movement In U.S.-Flag Vessels Down

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 89.5 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in 2012, a decrease of 4.6 percent compared to 2011.    The 2012 float was 1.5 percent off the 5-year average for U.S.-flag lakers. U.S.-flag lakers carried 45.2 million tons of iron ore in 2012, or 73.3 percent of the total volume of iron ore moved on the Great Lakes last year.  The 45.2 million tons of iron ore carried by U.S.-flag lakers represented a decrease of 4


U.S.-Flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Slips Slightly in July

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 10.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in July, a slight increase over June, but a decrease of 2.2% compared to the corresponding period last year. The July float was also down 6.6% from the month’s long-term average. U.S.-flag lakers moved 4.6 million tons of iron ore in July, 76.7% of all ore moving on the Lakes/Seaway that month. The 4.6 million tons represent a 6.7% increase compared to a year ago, but a drop of 5


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 23.4% in April

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,355,855 tons in April, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments also topped the month’s 5-year average by 18.4 percent.   LCA said shipments from U.S. ports totaled 4,981,058 tons in April, an increase of 27 percent compared to a year ago, while loadings at Canadian terminals dipped by 11.6 percent to 374,797 tons.  


US-flag Lakes Cargo Volume Dips in September

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The September float was also 8.7 percent below the month’s five-year average.   Iron ore cargos for the steel industry totaled 4.3 million tons, a virtual repeat of a year ago. Coal shipments to power plants and steel mills fell to 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 14.3 percent


Spending HMT Will End Dredging Crisis

Using the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for its intended purpose will end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes declared a stone shipper at a briefing for the Great Lakes delegation in Washington, DC on April 2 hosted by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.  “We need approximately $200m to clear the dredging backlog on the Great Lakes,” said Thomas Buck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carmeuse Lime & Stone.  “The fund collects $1


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.  


U.S.-Flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Up in May

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 10.1 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in May, an increase of 3.3% compared to the corresponding period last year. The May float was also largely in line with the month’s long-term average. U.S.-flag lakers moved 4.9 million tons of iron ore in May, 76% of all ore moving on the Lakes/Seaway that month. The 4.9 million tons represent a slight increase compared to a year ago


USCG Ice-breaking on Lake Manistee

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG ) issuead an alert warning residents, particularly ice fishermen and other recreational users of Lake Manistee, of ice-breaking activities scheduled begin Saturday and continue for the next two weeks. The freighters Calumet and Manitowoc, assisted by the tug Manitou, are scheduled to transit through Lake Manistee for coal deliveries Jan. 18-26. The tug and freighters will make four transits


Great Lakes Shipping Season Kicks Off

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The 2017 Great Lakes shipping season begins today when the U.S.-flag tug/barge unit Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder departs her winter lay-up berth in Erie, Pa., and sails to Cleveland, Ohio, where she will initiate the shuttle of iron ore from Cleveland Bulk Terminal to the ArcelorMittal steel mill at the


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up in January

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 2,468,706 tons in January, an increase of 14.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA) reported.   Shipments were 10


Coast Guard Begins Operation Spring Restore

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Coast Guard aids to navigation teams throughout the Ninth Coast Guard District has begun restoring the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway aids to navigation system. Slightly more than 11 percent of the operation has been completed so far.


Western Great Lakes Icebreaking Completed

The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded its domestic ice breaking operations in support of commercial navigation, known as Operation Taconite, throughout the Western Great Lakes, Tuesday.   As a result of warmer temperatures this winter, ice coverage was less than the multi-year average and had


Interlake Steamship Bulk Carrier Repowered

The newly repowered M/V Herbert C. Jackson departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., yesterday giving a farewell salute to the Twin Ports where it has been undergoing its steam-to-diesel conversion since December 21.   As the last steam-powered ship in Interlake Steamship Company’s


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in September

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,258,269 tons in September, a decrease of 5.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Shipments trailed the month’s five-year average by even more, 15.3 percent.


US-flag Lakes Cargos Down in October

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 8.8 million tons of cargo in October, a decrease of 9.2 percent compared to a year ago, and 10.2 percent below the month’s five-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)


Crane Barge Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

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Ryba Marine’s crane barge CT-150 (150’ x 50’ x 10’) was recently in drydock at Great Lakes Shipyard for maintenance and repairs.   Great Lakes Shipyard’s contract, awarded by Ryba Marine on October 28, 2016, included drydocking


U.S.-Flag Lakes Cargos Up Nearly 7%

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 8.4 million tons of cargo in November, an increase of 6.7 percent compared to a year ago.  However, the November float was  6.7 percent below the month’s 5-year average.  


St. Lawrence Seaway Expecting a Strong Finish

The Canada-flag Algolake loading wheat at the CHS elevator in the Port of Duluth-Superior. (Photo: Terry White / Chamber of Marine Commerce)

A strong finish to the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 2016 shipping season is expected as freighters deliver raw materials and exports for North America’s industrial and agricultural sectors before the waterway closes December 31.  


Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Up in November

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.5 million tons in November, an increase of 13 percent compared to a year ago, Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments were also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average.


Great Lakes Shipyards Heating up for Winter

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As temperatures drop, the pace is heating up at Great Lakes shipyards where winter is typically the busiest season, and this year is no exception. U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend more than $80 million to maintain and modernize their vessels for the 2017 shipping season


US-flag Cargo on the Great Lakes Down 4.5% in 2016

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 83.3 million tons of cargo in 2016, a decrease of 4.5 percent compared to 2015, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The 2016 float was also 7.7 percent below the fleet’s five-year average.  


Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Slid 0.5% in 2016

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 54.1 million tons in 2016, a decrease of 0.5 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments also trailed the trade’s long-term average by 8.3 percent.  


US-flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Little Changed in January

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 2.1 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in January, a decrease of 125,000 tons compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA).   This January’s float was down nearly a quarter from the month’s






 
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