U.S. ports see rise in shipments after slow start to 2014 season

By KBJR News 1

July 20, 2014 Updated Jul 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - There are some strong numbers that show a boost to the Great Lakes shipping industry, after suffering from a brutally slow start to the 2014 season.

The Great Lakes Ports Association says that, through June, ports throughout the Great Lakes uniformly saw increased tonnage in several cargo categories.

Here in the Twin Ports, coal and iron ore tonnages were up by 16 and seven percent respectively over May, says Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Vanta Coda.

The numbers are also up from a year ago, with coal up 17 percent and iron ore by nearly 48 percent. However Coda adds that total tonnage for the port is still off by 17 percent, though it's moving in the right direction.

Recently, the Duluth Port also received two shipments of energy related break bulk cargo heading for North Dakota, and Alberta.

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