Western Lake Superior Ports See Increase in Ore Shipments

Ore shipments from western Lake Superior ports rose in July. Ore shipments from western Lake Superior ports rose in July. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

August 04, 2017 04:59 PM

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes continue to rise, with statistics showing the increase is mostly attributed to western Lake Superior ports.

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The Lake Carriers' Association says Great Lakes iron ore shipments in July totalled 6.4 million tons, which is about 15 percent more than was shipped in July 2016. 5 million of those tons came from four western Lake Superior ports.

Two Harbors led with about 1.7 million tons shipped in July, followed by Superior at about 1.6 million tons, Silver Bay at 905,617 tons, and Duluth at 822,486. The ports also saw a significant increase in shipments compared to last year, and all but Two Harbors beat the average of the previous fire years in July.

Despite the western Lake Superior increases, most other Great Lakes ports saw ore shipments decline both over the year and compared with the five-year average.

Year-to-date ore shipments on the Great Lakes are up 12 percent from the same period last year.


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