Great Lakes still troubled by ice in April as shipments fall

May 13, 2014 | 04:05 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  steel, raw materials, iron ore, coal, limestone, delayed shipments, Great Lakes, harsh winter ice

CHICAGO — April may have brought warmer temperatures to much of the United States, but it provided little relief to cargo ships on the Great Lakes.

Iron ore, coal and limestone shipments were hobbled by heavy ice on Lake Superior in April, the Lake Carriers’ Association said.

U.S.-flagged Great Lakes freighters shipped 3.8 million tons of cargo in April, down nearly 50 percent from the same month last year, the association said in a May 13 press release. Year-to-date shipments totaled 6.9 million tons, down 45 percent vs. the year-ago period, the group said.....

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