Cargo Reports – April 2015 – Iron Ore from Ports – Text

April 30, 2015
April 30, 2015 LCA

April Ice Not Nice to Lakes Ore Trade

CLEVELAND — Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 4.3 million tons in April, nearly 15 percent below the month’s long-term average. The heavy ice blanketing the Lakes not only slowed the vessels that were in service, it delayed many vessels from sailing. Several U.S.-flag vessel operators held back ships rather than sit in ice because the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards do not have enough icebreakers to adequately cover the system.

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