Great Lakes Coal Trade Down More Than 12 Percent in July
CLEVELAND – Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in July, a slight increase – 63,000 tons – compared to June, but a drop of 12.4 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings fell even more when compared to the month’s 5-year average: 30.5 percent. Only one port range – Lake Michigan – registered an increase over last year: 37.7%.
Loadings at Lake Superior docks fell 13.3 percent and shipments from Lake Erie terminals were down more than 28 percent. Overseas shipments continued in July. Coal shipped to Québec City for reloading into oceangoing vessels totaled 116,759 tons.