The Lorain Port Authority handled 815,512 metric tons of cargo in 2017, a 4 percent increase over 2016 totals. Limestone was the primary cargo through the port, at 65 percent of total tonnage. Coke breeze and coke furnace represented 18 percent of total cargo, resulting in an overall increase outbound. Slag, salt and mill scale contributed roughly 3.5 percent each to the port total. Salt, sand and gravel products were all down from 2016.
Two additional vessels called on the port in 2017, bringing the vessel count for the season to 42 inbound and eight outbound.
“Republic Steel moved their coke piles, resulting in an increase in outbound traffic due to the economic changes in the steel industry, which have resulted in the Lorain plant working to become operational again,” said Tiffany McClelland, Economic Development Specialist for the Lorain Port Authority.
“We anticipate an increase in shipping once again this season,” she added. “Especially as the furthest points of the navigational channel get dredged and the steel mill operations are running again.”
SOURCE: Great Lakes/Seaway Review, April 9