Great Lakes shipments ascend in January 2019

By |  March 15, 2019

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 3.1 million tons of cargo in January, a 110 percent increase compared with the same period last year, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The January float was also 44 percent above January’s five-year average.

Iron ore shipments totaled 2.5 million tons, according to LCA, representing an 84 percent increase from the same period in 2018.

In addition, coal loadings quadrupled to 137,000 tons, while limestone trade totaled 196,000 tons, a 100 percent increase.

LCA represents 13 American companies that operate 46 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carry raw materials, including aggregate, iron ore, flux stone, cement, coal, sand and grain.

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