U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes down 3.3 percent in 2015

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 87.2 million tons of cargo in 2015, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to 2014. The year-end tally is also the lowest since 2009 when the U.S.-flag float totaled 66.5 million tons.

Iron ore cargoes tumbled 10.4 percent to 40.9 million tons, again, the lowest total since 2009.

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 87.2 million tons of cargo in 2015, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to 2014. The year-end tally is also the lowest since 2009 when the U.S.-flag float totaled 66.5 million tons.

Iron ore cargoes tumbled 10.4 percent to 40.9 million tons, again, the lowest total since 2009.

Coal cargoes totaled 17.65 million tons, a decrease of less than 1 percent, or 118,000 tons, which is the equivalent of roughly two cargoes in a 1,000-foot-long laker.

Limestone cargoes increased nearly 8 percent to 23.1 million tons, the highest total since 2008.

U.S.-flag cement cargoes rose 6.3 percent to 3.45 million tons. Salt cargoes were almost a carbon copy of 2014—1.4 million tons. Sand shipments dipped 15 percent to 320,000 tons. Grain cargoes topped 350,000 tons, an increase of 37 percent.

Maritime Editorial