Cargo Reports – May 2018 – U.S.-Flag Vessels – Text

May 30, 2018
May 30, 2018 LCA

Little Change in U.S.-Flag Cargo Movement on Lakes in May

CLEVELAND — U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.5 million tons of cargo in May, a virtual repeat of a year ago. The May float did trail the month’s 5-year average by 4.3 percent.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 4,912,951 tons, an increase of 27,078 tons, or roughly one load in a 767-foot-long laker.

Coal shipments were likewise little changed from a year ago. Loadings totaled 1,405,989, a decrease of 29,411 tons, again roughly one cargo a mid-sized self-unloader.

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