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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 38.8 Percent in September

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 38.8 Percent in September

CLEVELAND, OHIO  ~~~  October 13, 2021 (LSNews)  Shipments of iron ore from U.S. ports on the Great Lakes totaled 5.4 million tons in September, an increase of 38.8 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments were a near match to the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 37.4 million tons, an increase of nearly 32.8 percent compared to the same point in 2020. 

Through September iron ore loadings are 3.9 percent above their 5-year average for the first three quarters.

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand.  More information is available at www.lcaships.com.

Great Lakes Iron Ore Shipments: September 2016-2021 and 5-Year Average

Includes Transshipments to Quebec City for Shipment Overseas

(net tons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

Port

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016-2020

Duluth, MN

383,163

412,940

721,295

893,435

679,082

1,059,854

617,983

Superior, WI

854,264

1,853,988

1,338,567

1,230,462

630,822

1,366,365

1,181,621

Two Harbors, MN

1,916,683

2,144,153

2,123,760

1,966,244

1,324,819

1,349,179

1,895,132

Silver Bay, MN

379,522

701,826

670,784

470,632

480,557

726,301

540,664

Presque Isle, MI

751,361

704,512

776,347

687,863

561,723

520,461

696,361

Escanaba, MI*

435,370

0

0

0

0

0

87,074

Cleveland, OH**

196,424

128,620

246,477

338,336

17,979

338,860

185,567

Ashtabula, OH

0

239,978

0

184,438

167,847

0

118,453

Conneaut, OH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

4,916,787

6,186,017

5,877,230

5,771,410

3,862,829

5,361,020

5,322,855

* Dock ceased operations in April 2017.

         

** Transshipments within Cleveland Harbor

         

Year-To-Date 2016-2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

Port

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016-2020

Duluth, MN

3,251,010

4,763,565

5,231,066

6,469,559

5,821,301

6,514,507

5,107,300

Superior, WI

7,369,168

9,331,365

9,224,745

8,267,179

4,841,424

8,761,105

7,806,776

Two Harbors, MN

11,314,338

12,359,521

12,222,061

12,507,450

9,034,181

10,825,752

11,487,510

Silver Bay, MN

1,511,435

4,758,138

4,631,536

3,647,844

2,792,531

4,100,001

3,468,297

Presque Isle, MI

5,248,858

4,905,490

4,797,026

4,750,423

3,400,042

4,726,335

4,620,368

Escanaba, MI

3,386,328

1,016,867

0

0

0

0

880,639

Cleveland, OH

2,212,120

2,027,877

2,011,117

1,821,828

1,560,604

2,438,417

1,926,709

Ashtabula, OH

0

858,918

790,350

1,097,139

716,227

28,553

692,527

Conneaut, OH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

34,293,257

40,021,741

38,907,901

38,561,422

28,166,310

37,394,670

35,990,126

Information based on data from knowledgeable sources.  However, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  Lake Carriers’ Association assumes no legal responsibility for the outcome of decisions or commitments made on the basis of this information.  Report represents the views of Lake Carriers’ Association and may not necessarily represent the views of its individual members.

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Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and energy: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand.

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