NEW YORK Iron ore
shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 3.2 million tons in
January, an 11-percent decrease from a year earlier, according
to Lake Carriers Association data.
"The comparison is somewhat
problematic, as the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., stayed
open until Jan. 18 in 2012 but closed on Jan. 15 this year,"
the group said. The three extra days in January last year were
needed to move weather-delayed cargoes.
"A storm this January could have
justified a similar extension. (U.S.-flag vessels) lost more
than 300 hours to heavy weather and then a jam-up at Lake
Superior loading port," it said. At least one iron ore shipment
was canceled because it was feared the vessel couldnt
reach the locks in time.
A total of 2.9 million tonnes were shipped from U.S. Great
Lakes ports in January, down from 3.6 million tonnes a year
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.