U.S.-Flag Lakers’ Cargo Up 8 Percent in April
CLEVELAND—U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 8.2 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in April, an increase of 8 percent compared to a year ago. However, that total was slightly below April’s 5-year average.
Iron ore cargos for the steel industry increased 10.6 percent compared to a year ago. Coal for power generation and steel production rose 13.1 percent. Aggregate and fluxstone for the construction and steel industries bettered last April by one boatload.