Great Lakes Jan. ore shipments off 80%
Great Lakes iron ore shipments this January amounted to only 700,000 net tons, down 80 percent from 2008, said the Lake Carriers Association.
Shipments are usually low this time of year as the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., close on Jan. 15, but usually some ships run all month, and sometimes into February from Escanaba, Mich.
But this year, the dock in Escanaba loaded its final cargo on Jan 9.