U.S.-flag cargo movement on Lakes steady in June
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 9.7 million tons of cargo in June, a near mirror image of a year ago. The June float was, however, 3.5 percent below the month’s five-year average.
Iron ore cargoes for steel production totaled 4.6 million tons, a decrease of 6.9 percent. Coal loads totaled 1.4 million tons, a decrease of 13.7 percent.
Offsetting those decreases was a 21 percent surge in limestone cargoes. Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 3.16 million tons.
Year-to-date, U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 28.6 million tons, a decrease of 6.5 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargoes total 16.3 million tons, a decrease of 9 percent. Coal loadings total 3.6 million tons, a decrease of 20 percent. Limestone loads are up to 7.2 million tons, an increase of 10.5 percent.