Cargo Reports – May 2011 – U.S.-Flag Vessels – Text

May 30, 2011
May 30, 2011 LCA

U.S.-Flag Lakers’ Cargo Down 3.4 Percent in May

CLEVELAND—U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (―lakers‖) carried 9.5 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in May, an increase of 15.6 percent compared to April, but a decrease of 3.4 percent compared to a year ago. The fleet’s May ―float‖ was also 9 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for the steel industry decreased 3.7 percent compared to a year ago. Coal for power generation and steel production was essentially unchanged from a year ago – 2.1 million tons. Aggregate and fluxstone for the construction and steel industries slipped by 8 percent.

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