Cargo Reports – Year-in-Review 2022 – U.S.-Flag Vessels

February 2, 2023
February 2, 2023 LCA

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Shipping Down in 2022

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 76.4 million tons of cargo in 2022, a decrease of 6.6 percent compared to 2021.  The 2022 float was 7.1 percent below the fleet’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos totaled 37.4 million tons, a decrease of 10.2 percent compared to a year earlier.  Coal cargos were also down 10.2 percent to 9.3 million tons.  Limestone shipments decreased by 1.8 percent, while cement shipments increased by 3.8 percent.  Salt and sand cargos were up by 5.9 percent and 30.7 percent, respectively. Grain shipments decreased by 2.6 percent.

About Lake Carriers’ Association

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand. More information is available at

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 Information based on data from knowledgeable sources.  However, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  LCA assumes no legal responsibility for the outcome of decisions or commitments made on the basis of this information.  This report represents the views of LCA and may not necessarily represent the views of its individual members.


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