U.S.-flag cargo movement on Lakes down 23 percent in January

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 2.3 million tons of dry bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in January, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago. Iron ore cargoes decreased 20 percent. Coal loadings tumbled 68 percent. However, shipments of limestone rose nearly 75 percent.

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 2.3 million tons of dry bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in January, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago. Iron ore cargoes decreased 20 percent. Coal loadings tumbled 68 percent. However, shipments of limestone rose nearly 75 percent.

As February begins, most lakers are in lay-up and undergoing maintenance and modernization, but one cement carrier and two liquid-bulk tug/barge units were in service as of February 1. Lake Carriers’ Association members will invest upwards of $110 million in their vessels in 2016.

Maritime Editorial