Cargo Reports – September 2012 – U.S.-Flag Vessels – Text

September 30, 2012
September 30, 2012 LCA

U.S.-Flag Lakes Float Down 6 Percent in September

CLEVELAND—U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 9.5 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in September, an increase of 20,579 tons compared to August, but 6 percent less than the volume recorded a year ago. The September float was also 2.2 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for the steel industry totaled 4,351,654 tons in September, a decrease of 5.1 percent compared to a year ago. Coal cargos fell to 2.1 million tons, or almost 11 percent compared to September 2011. Aggregate and fluxstone for construction and steelmaking slipped 5.3 percent to 2.5 million tons percent.

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