NEW YORK Coal shipments
on the Great Lakes totaled 25.35 million tons last year, down
8.2 percent from 27.62 million tonnes in 2011, according to the
Lake Carriers Association.
Coal shipments from ports on
Lake Superior totaled nearly 15.1 million tons, about even with
2011. Loadings at terminals in Chicago totaled 3.24 million
tons, a 14.5-percent decrease from 2011, while shipments from
ports on Lake Erie totaled 7 million tons, a decrease of nearly
"The effects of falling water
levels and lack of adequate dredging were clearly evident as
the year came to a close," the Rocky River, Ohio-based
association said. "The largest coal cargo shipped through the
locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., in December totaled 62,043
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.