Ice, temperatures hobble iron ore shipments

Apr 17, 2014 | 12:50 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Great Lakes, iron ore, shipment delays, Lake Superior, ice, Lake Carriers' Association, ports, Essar Steel Algoma U.S. Steel

CHICAGO — Iron ore shipments plunged in March as "massive" ice formations and subzero temperatures caused big delays across the Great Lakes, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association.

U.S. Great Lakes and Canadian Seaway ports shipped about 1.1 million tons of iron ore in March, down 42.1 percent from around 2 million tons in the same month last year, the association said in a release April 17. "Some of the ore that was loaded in March did not reach its intended destination until well into April."....

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