Most shipping on the Great Lakes comes to a close with the Soo Locks shutdown on Sunday. It’s the end of a rough year for cargo companies.
According to the Lake Carriers Association, Great Lakes freighters transported over 83 million tons of cargo in 2016. That was a 4.5 percent decline compared to 2015.
The association’s Glen Nekvasil says shipments rose in only one category. “Iron ore was the one cargo that increased. It was up about 8 percent, and our grain cargoes were down almost 30 percent.”