Cargo Reports – April 2014 – Iron Ore from Ports – Tabular

April 3, 2014
April 3, 2014 LCA

Lakes’ Ice Halves Ore Trade in April

CLEVELAND—Heavy ice formations on the Great Lakes continued to slash iron ore shipments in April. Shipments totaled only 2.7 million tons, a decrease of 52 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings slumped even more – 53.3 percent – when compared to the month’s long-term average.

Lake Superior’s ice was so challenging that the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards had to convoy freighters the entire month. In fact, it was not until May 2 that the U.S. Coast Guard allowed vessels to proceed across Lake Superior unescorted.

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