U.S.-flag shipping on Great Lakes up 7 percent in August
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 10.1 million tons of cargo in August, an increase of 7 percent compared to a year ago. August’s shipments also bettered the month’s long-term average by approximately 60,000 tons.
Iron ore cargoes for steelmaking totaled 4.7 million tons, an increase of 4.7 percent compared to a year ago.
Coal loadings neared 1.6 million tons, an increase of 8.5 percent.
Limestone cargoes increased nearly 10 percent to 3.2 million tons.
Year-over-year, U.S.-flag cargoes total 50.4 million tons, an increase of 1.3 percent over the same point in 2016. Iron ore shipments have increased 6 percent to 27.6 million tons. Coal cargoes are virtually unchanged—7.5 million tons. The 12.6 million tons of aggregate, fluxstone and scrubber stone shipped represent a decrease of 5.8 percent.