U.S.-flag Lakes cargoes down 7 percent in September
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago. The September float was also 8.7 percent below the month’s five-year average.
- Iron ore cargoes for the steel industry totaled 4.3 million tons, a virtual repeat of a year ago.
- Coal shipments to power plants and steel mills fell to 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 14.3 percent.
- Limestone for construction projects and steel production totaled 2.5 million tons, a decrease of 15.2 percent compared to a year ago.
Year-over-year, U.S.-flag carriage stands at 59 million tons, a decrease of 5.2 percent. Iron ore cargoes are up 3.9 percent, but coal loads have dipped 23.3 percent. Limestone shipments trail last year by 6.7 percent.