U.S.-flag cargo movement on Lakes tops 10 million tons in August
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 10 million tons of cargo in August, a near repeat of a year ago. The August float was also largely in line with the month’s five-year average.
Iron ore cargoes for steel production totaled 5 million tons, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, and the second consecutive month in which ore shipments topped 5 million tons.
Coal loads totaled 1.6 million tons, a slight increase over a year ago. Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 2.9 million tons, a decrease of 10 percent compared to a year ago.
Year-to-date, U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 48.4 million tons, a decrease of 4.1 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargoes total 26.55 million tons, a decrease of 3.7 percent. Coal loadings total 6.5 million tons, a decrease of 13.7 percent. Limestone tops 12.8 million tons, an increase of 2.3 percent.