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Great Lakes iron ore trade up 8.2 percent in April

5/12 - Cleveland, OH – Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.6 million tons in April, an increase of 8.2 percent compared to last year. Shipments were 8.6 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 9.5 million tons, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same point in 2020. Through April, iron ore shipments are 10.1 percent above their 5-year average for four months of the year.

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Cleveland-Cliffs signs go up at steel mill, hires more than 710 more workers

5/14 - Burns Harbor, IN – New Cleveland-Cliffs signs have gone up at its Burns Harbor steel mill, acquired last year from ArcelorMittal USA. ArcelorMittal signage came down shortly after the $1.4 billion deal closed in December. New Cliffs signage was just installed, identifying the mill as Cleveland-Cliffs Burns Harbor, including at the main gate and office.

"It's a new day and a new dawn," said U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan, who toured the steel mill in Porter County Monday. "We welcome Cleveland-Cliffs to the community and neighborhood. To have a corporate executive who wants to work with union labor is music to my ears. We need an economy that brings workers and employers together and that's centered around our steel industry. Making sure Cleveland-Cliffs and Cleveland-Cliffs workers have everything they need to be productive going forward is extremely important to me."

Cleveland-Cliffs has hired more than 710 steelworkers at former ArcelorMittal mills since it took over, Chairman, President and CEO Lourenco Goncalves said during a Zoom press conference.

"We want to be here in Northwest Indiana," he said. "We believe in the Midwest and we believe in the state of Indiana. We plan to grow these mills and hire people. Since we have acquired ArcelorMittal USA we hired 710 more people and continue to hire. We're putting in more shifts. We're working to grow this company. We want to invest so we get a return on investment from these plants 10 years from now and 20 years from now."

Cleveland-Cliffs is planning a series of capital investments at the Burns Harbor steel mill starting this year, Goncalves said.

"Burns Harbor is one of our main plants for flat-rolled and plates," he said. "We're planning a series of investments at Burns Harbor, everything from improvements to more protection for the environment to upgrading the blast furnaces. We're going to make a series of investments in the walking beam furnace and the hearth mill. Burns Harbor is one of our flagship plants and we're going to upgrade it over the next two to three years."

Cleveland-Cliffs expects to hire more, as its mills were running at capacity, Goncalves said. The steelmaker just opened applications in Northwest Indiana with the aim of getting 2,300 to 2,500 resumes on file.

"It's a chance for people in our community and neighborhoods to participate in the economy," Mrvan said. "It's a chance to be able to buy a house and have the income to support small businesses. When we look at what Cleveland-Cliffs has done throughout the United States, they are welcome partners going forward."

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Here is the 1000ft JAMES BARKER in the ST. Clair river while heading downstream and in a stiff breeze does a 180 turn. Can you do that?? :LOL:
 
  
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I thought James Barker video in the ST. Clair river turning around in the rivers current and wind blowing, was really neat. He must of had bow and stern thrusters operating at max!
 
  
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After weak 2020, shipments through Twin Ports off to encouraging start

5/19 - Duluth, MN – The port of Duluth-Superior floated nearly 4.2 million short tons of cargo through April, representing a 48% increase over the 2020 pace and a 23% improvement on the five-season average.

Domestic dry bulk shipments, such as ore, coal, and limestone, drove the early season positivity, with outbound domestic tonnage doubling the 2020 pace. In a stark contrast to last year, coal and coke shipments started briskly, totaling more than a million short tons. Iron ore tonnage also surged, topping 2.7 million short tons between Duluth and Superior.

That total exceeded the 2020 pace by 21% and the five-season average by 19%. Domestic grain tonnage also surpassed the 2020 pace, notching an 18% gain.

It was also a strong start for inbound cargoes like cement and limestone, with tonnages significantly exceeding the five-season average.

“It’s been a very good start to what we expect will be a bounce-back season for the port of Duluth-Superior after the COVID-induced lows of 2020,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “Along with total tonnage, our vessel count is also up dramatically, and we’re certainly hoping that trend continues throughout the season. It’s encouraging to see the high level of activity in our harbor and throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.”

Earlier this week, the Lake Carriers' Association announced taconite iron ore totals throughout the Great Lakes which exceeded last year's slowdown. The iron ore industry totaled 5.56 million tons of ore shipped in April, an increase of 8.2% compared to the same month last year of 5.14 million tons.

Shipments were 8.6% ahead of the month’s five-year average of 5.12 million tons, the Lake Carriers' Association announced.

Year-to-date, the iron ore trade stands at 9.45 million tons across the Great Lakes, an increase of 15% compared to the same point in 2020, when the total was 8.22 million tons.

Iron ore shipments are 10.1% above their five-year average of 8.59 million tons through April, which includes partial months of January and March around the Great Lakes shipping offseason.

Blast-furnace utilization rates continued to hover around 74% in March, compared to 64% in April 2020 during the early days of the pandemic in the United States. The port of Duluth accounted for 1.02 million tons of iron ore shipped in April, trailing Superior (1.24 million tons) and Two Harbors (1.55 million tons). Silver Bay brought slightly more than 623,000 tons for the month.

Iron ore is the primary cargo in the Twin Ports, accounting for roughly two-thirds of all cargoes.

Last season, only 15.4 million tons of iron ore moved through the port of Duluth-Superior — the worst total since illegal foreign steel created a glut in the domestic market in 2015 (13.9 million tons) and 2016 (14.8 million tons).

"The pace can fluctuate based on a variety of factors, including market trends, so it’s too early to predict how the season-ending totals will compare to other years," DeLuca said. "But with that said, it’s been a very good start, which is encouraging, and the indications are positive for dry bulk cargoes like iron ore, limestone and cement, especially.”

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Algoma Central announces to build another Equinox 2.0 Class self-unloading vessel

6/1 - St. Catharines, ON – Algoma Central Corporation has announced that it has entered into a contract with Yangzijiang Shipyard in Taicang City, China to build a new Seaway Max self-unloading vessel for its domestic dry bulk fleet.

The as yet unnamed vessel will be the first of the new Equinox 2.0 Class, a design that builds on the original Equinox Class standards to achieve better fuel efficiency, improved speed at lower engine power, and enhanced deadweight capacity.

The new vessel is scheduled to replace the Algoma Transport, one of the oldest vessels in the Algoma dry bulk fleet. Triggering the option now enables Algoma to lock in a building slot with ideal delivery timing. Construction of the ship will begin in late 2022 and the vessel is expected to join the fleet at the beginning of the 2024 navigation season. Algoma also reports that the Captain Henry Jackman, the Company’s new Equinox Class gearless bulk carrier, is making good progress on its homeward journey. As previously announced, Algoma took delivery of the vessel in early April and its voyage to Canada commenced on April 29th.

The new Equinox 2.0 incorporates a number of design changes, including various weight saving innovations and a reconfigured stern that incorporates a dual rudder design to increase cargo hold size, resulting in an increase in the capacity of the vessel by approximately 1,440 metric tonnes. Other design improvements include an efficiency upgrade to the propeller and changes in the shape of cargo holds to improve the handling of certain “sticky” cargoes.

“We are very excited to exercise one of our options at the YZJ shipyard for the first Equinox 2.0 vessel”, said Gregg Ruhl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Algoma. “Our in-house design team is relentless in their pursuit of improvements in our vessel designs. Each previous Equinox Class ship incorporated modest improvements over its predecessors, as we learned more about the vessels during construction and as they entered operations. The changes made for this vessel were such an improvement over the previous design that we feel adding a version number to the design name makes sense”, Mr. Ruhl continued.

The Captain Henry Jackman is expected to arrive in Montreal around June 19th and will join the Algoma dry bulk fleet as an operating vessel following a flag change and completion of inspections and other Canadianization procedures.

Both the Captain Henry Jackman and the new Equinox 2.0 ship feature important sustainability advantages that will help Algoma meet its greenhouse gas targets, reducing the amount of emissions per cargo tonne kilometre.

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A hobbled thousand footer the Gott, come into Duluth MN on one prop. The tug Helen H was along for the ride in the event they got in any trouble in the Canal. The Helen really assisted them backing into the Port Terminal slip for service. Guessing even with the thrusters, only having half the propulsion system is somewhat inconvenient. Shown here arriving 5/5/2021 7:02:00 PM. they will end up spending a total of 48.5 hours in Port. they will depart with one screw as well, head up to CN Two Harbors and load iron ore. They departed Duluth 5/7/2021

 
 
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