U.S.-flagged Great Lakes freighters moved 9.5 million tons of cargo in October, an increase of 7.1 percent compared with the same period the previous year. Despite the gains, shipments for the month were slightly behind the long-term average for the month of October, the Lake Carriers' Association reported.
In September, U.S.-flagged lakers carried 10.1 million tons of cargo, an increase of 10.7 percent compared with September 2016, and a 3.1 percent improvement over the five-year average for the month of September.
In October, iron ore cargoes totaled 4.8 million tons, an increase of 9.4 percent compared to a October 2016. Coal loadings rose nearly 9 percent to 1.4 million tons. Limestone cargoes increased 5.3 percent to 2.7 million tons in October.
In September, iron ore cargoes totaled 4.9 million tons, an increase of 14 percent over the same period the previous year. Coal loadings approached 1.9 million tons, an increase of 6.1 percent. Limestone cargoes increased 10.1 percent to 2.7 million tons in September.
For the year at the end of October, U.S.-flagged vessels had shipped approximately 70 million tons of cargo, an increase of 3.3 percent over the same point in 2016, but approximately 1.3 million tons below the five-year average mark for that time frame. Iron ore cargoes had increased 7.4 percent. Coal cargoes had increased 195,000 tons. The 18 million tons of aggregate, fluxstone and scrubber stone shipped had pulled that trade to within 2.1 percent of the end-of-October total for 2016, the LCA reported.