U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes down 4.5 percent in 2016
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 83.3 million tons of cargo in 2016, a decrease of 4.5 percent compared to 2015. The 2016 float was also 7.7 percent below the fleet’s five-year average.
Iron ore cargoes totaled 44.1 million tons, an increase of 7.8 percent. However, all other commodities decreased. Coal was down 26.6 percent. Limestone (mostly aggregate and fluxstone) dipped by 8.4 percent. Cement decreased by 6 percent.
Salt cargoes were off by nearly 11 percent. Shipments of sand fell by 17.1 percent and grain decreased by almost 30 percent.