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Ore Shipments Continue Catching Up after Slow Start

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes are catching up to last year after a slow start to the year. Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes are catching up to last year after a slow start to the year. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: December 12, 2018 05:38 PM

The Lake Carriers' Association says Great Lakes ore shipments are catching up after a slow start to the year.

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At the end of April, iron ore shipments were down nearly 14 percent compared with the same point last year.  However, by November, year-to-date shipments are just 1.7 percent behind last year and are 6.9 percent ahead of the five-year average.

A total of 5.1 million tons of iron ore was shipped on the Great Lakes in November, which is nearly the same as last year and slightly ahead of the five-year average.

Two Harbors continued to ship the most tonnage in November, followed by Superior and then Duluth.  Silver Bay had the fifth-highest amount of tonnage, behind Presque Isle, Michigan.

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