U.S.-flag cargo movement on Lakes down 4-plus percent in October

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in October, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago. The October float was also 7.7 percent below the month’s five-year average.

  • Iron ore cargoes for steel production totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 2 percent compared to a year ago.
  • Coal loads totaled 1.25 million tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago.
  • Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 2.6 million tons, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date, U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 66.7 million tons, a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargoes total 36 million tons, a decrease of 3.5 percent. Coal loadings total 9 million tons, a decrease of 16.4 percent. Limestone totals 18.3 million tons, an increase of 1.6 percent.

Maritime Editorial