The Lake Carriers’ Association has issued the following news brief, dated February 11:
CLEVELAND—Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 2 million tons in January, a decrease of 37 percent compared to a year ago. The decrease was entirely the result of the early and harsh winter. Voyages that should have taken a few days often stretched more than a week. There were also significant delays at loading docks.
Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 39 percent compared to a year ago. Only one port, Escanaba, Michigan, increased its shipments compared to a year ago. Escanaba is located below the Soo Locks, so it can keep shipping after the locks close on January 15.
Shipments on the Seaway totaled 237,000 tons, a decrease of 16 percent.
Lake Carriers’ Association represents 17 American companies that operate 57 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carry the raw materials that drive the nation’s economy: iron ore and fluxstone for the steel industry, aggregate and cement for the construction industry, coal for power generation, as well as salt, sand and grain. Collectively, these vessels can transport more than 115 million tons of cargo per year. More information is available at www.lcaships.com.