Great Lakes ore shipments down in January due to extreme cold

By KBJR News 1

Great Lakes ore shipments down in January due to extreme cold

February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM CDT

Cleveland, OH (NNCNOW.com) - Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 2 million tons in January, a decrease of 37 percent compared to a year ago.

According to the Lake Carriers' Association, the decrease was the result of an early and harsh winter. Shipments that should have taken a few days took longer than a week. There were also significant delays at loading docks.

January ore shipments in Duluth were at 207,120 net tons, compared to 317,682 in 2013.

Two Harbors also saw a drop in ore shipments at 449,732, compared to 924,672 in January 2013.

The Great Lakes shipping season is expected to resume in mid March.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 39 percent compared to a year ago.

Written for the web by Jeremy Brickley
jbrickley@kbjr.com