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Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Behind 2017

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 8, 2018

© Paul Lemke / Adobe Stock

© Paul Lemke / Adobe Stock

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.5 million tons in April, a decrease of 6.3 percent compared to a year ago but nearly 15 percent ahead of the month’s five-year average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.

Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports in April were down 4.5 percent at 5.1 million tons, LCA said. The mine that shipped through Escanaba, Mich. has been permanently idled, meaning all the iron ore shipped to U.S. steel mills in April had to transit the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The MacArthur Lock is undergoing maintenance so has yet to open for this season.

Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway totaled 380,000 tons in April, a decrease of 18.2 percent.

At 9.4 million tons, the year-to-date the iron ore trade is down 13.7 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports are down 15.6 percent at 8.2 million tons.

Meanwhile, Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway have increased slightly to 1.2 million tons.


Iron Ore Shipments from Great Lakes and Seaway Ports to Great Lakes Destinations
Includes Transshipments to Quebec City for Shipment Overseas
April 2013-2018 and Long-Term Average (net tons)

U.S. Great Lakes Ports







Port
2013
20142015201620172018Average
2013-2017
Duluth, MN
1,034,913
172,262
579,316
707,895
792,096
873,939
657,296
Superior, WI881,485
288,686
675,646
1,062,329
1,121,954
1,096,469
806,020
Two Harbors, MN1,533,917
440,462
1,158,696
1,621,255
1,622,011
1,450,134
1,275,268
Silver Bay, MN525,084
87,177
383,847
0583,001
593,178
315,822
Presque Ise, MI
630,811
144,932
390,416
823,281
617,451
638,010
521,378
Escanaba, MI*89,340
772,625
416,359
432,117
237,780
0389,644
Cleveland, OH
170,999
153,700
312,688
334,181
314,468
318,905
257,207
Ashtabula, OH041,559
0031,392110,710
14,590
Conneaut, OH031,966
00006,393
Total4,866,549
2,133,369
3,916,968
4,981,058
5,320,153
5,081,345
4,243,619
Canadian Seaway Ports






Pointe Noire, QC
87,031
0000017,406
Port Cartier, QC
459,399
452,476
424,080
368,172
464,618
380,227
433,749
Sept Iles, QC
147,541
150,847
06,625
42,218
069,446
Total693,971
603,323
424,080
374,797
506,836
380,227
520,601
Total - U.S., Canada
5,560,520
2,736,692
4,341,048
5,355,855
5,826,989
5,461,572
4,764,221

* Dock ceased operations April 2017.
** Transshipments within Cleveland Harbor.


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