Iron ore shipments surge on Great Lakes in March

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 1.6 million tons in March, an increase of 25.5 percent compared to 2023. Loadings also topped the month’s five-year average by 47.5 percent.

Year to date, the iron ore trade stands at 4.4 million tons, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to a year ago. Iron ore shipments are 31.9 percent above their five-year average for the first three months of the year.

Since 1880, the Lake Carriers’ Association (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.

– Lake Carriers’ Association

Lake Carriers’ Association photo
By Professional Mariner Staff