U.S.-Flag Lakers’ Cargo Up Nearly 12 Percent in November
CLEVELAND—U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 10 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in November, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to October, and an increase of 11.9 percent compared to a year ago.
The November float was also 3.8 percent above the month’s 5-year average.
Iron ore cargos for the steel industry increased 14 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos for construction, steel production, and environmental applications jumped more than 20 percent, but coal was essentially unchanged from a year ago.