Great Lakes iron ore cargoes hold steady in January

(CLEVELAND) — Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 2.5 million tons in January, a near match to 2022. Loadings were above the month’s five-year average by 21.3 percent, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).

Since 1880, the LCA has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargoes annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt and sand.

Great Lakes iron ore shipments, January 2018-2023 and five-year average (net tons, includes trans-shipments to Quebec City for shipment overseas):

Lake Carriers’ Association photo


By Rich Miller