Iron ore shipments down on Great Lakes

By KBJR News 1

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Iron ore shipments are down 17 percent from 2013 according to the latest numbers from the Lake Carrier's Association.

They say the reason for the drop is due to the delays suffered during the winter.

Shipments from U.S ports through the second quarter are at 16.8 million tons, a 19 percent decrease compared to a year ago.

Iron ore shipments from Canadian ports total 2.4 million tons through June which is a slight difference from 2013.

However, higher water levels on the Great Lakes could help bring those numbers back up.

"Being that Lake Superior is a foot above what it was this time a year ago; and the lower lakes, some of those are up eight and ten inches, we are able to load much deeper on each transit," said Adele Yorde, with the Duluth Port Authority.

So far in May, total waterborne commerce for the Twin Ports was at 5.4 million tons. The numbers for June have not come out yet for the ports.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.