Report: Coal Shipments Down 55% in March on Great Lakes

By KBJR News 1

Report: Coal Shipments Down 55% in March on Great Lakes

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Coal shipments on the Great Lakes saw a 55% drop during the month of March compared to last year.

According to a new report from the Lake Carrier's Association, the 2013 shipping season has already seen a 50% decline in coal shipments.

Back in 2008 at this same time, the Duluth-Superior Port saw almost 1.5 million tons of coal shipped through Lake Superior.

So far this shipping season only about 342,000 tons of coal has gone through the Twin Ports.

Officials with the Lake Carrier's Association say that coal shipments have been seeing a decrease in the past few years, especially with Canada fazing out coal and utilities in the United States switching to natural gas, among other factors.

However the Lake Carrier's Association says these numbers are not a good representation of how the rest of the season will turn out since the first quarter only tallies up the first three weeks of the season.

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