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Port of Milwaukee To Host Five Great Lakes Vessels For Winter Lay-up

Three 1,000-foot long U.S.-flag Great Lakes bulk cargo vessels will be laying up for the winter at the Port of Milwaukee. The Stewart J. Cort, the Edwin H. Gott and the Burns Harbor, are making the Port their winter home.

The Port of Milwaukee will also be hosting two integrated tug/barge cement carriers:  the tug Samuel de Champlain with the barge Innovation and the G.L. Ostrander paired with its barge unit, Integrity.

The vessels will pay a mooring fee and other charges for winter mainenance services offered by the Port. While the fees paid by the ships is just a tiny fraction of the the Port's revenue base, the fees are a way to earn revenue while the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is closed for winter maintenance.

According to Port of Milwaukee spokesman Jeff Fleming, the ships spending the winter at the Port often conduct winter maintenance on the vessels and make some repairs during February and march in preparation for the next shipping season and local companies and local workers are hired to do much of the work.   

While the five afroementioned ships are tied up at the Port of Milwaukee until spring, the Port is staying busy handling other ships which are still bringing important commodiites to the Port such as road salt.


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Weekly Steel Production Declines As Great Lakes-Seaway System Closes

Raw steel production declined to 650,000 tons in the Great Lakes region last week as the industry felt the effects of the closing of the Great Lakes-Seaway navigation season.

U.S. steel production sank by 4.89 percent in the week that ended Saturday, as capacity utilization fell by four full percentage points, according to estimates produced by the American Iron and Steel Institute.  Steel production in the Great Lakes region dropped by 21,000 tons, or about 3.1 percent.

Most of the raw steel production in the Great Lakes region takes place in Northwest Indiana.

Nationally, U.S. steel mills had a capacity utilization rate of 75.1 percent last week, down from 79 percent a week earlier. The capacity utilization rate had been 75.8 percent at the same time a year earlier.

Steel exports declined by 5.6 percent from October to November, falling below 1 million net tons for the first time since February though they were still 1.6 percent higher year-over-year, according to the American Institute of International Steel. Exports to Canada were down 10.7 percent in November, while exports to Mexico were unchanged from October but 15.8 percent higher than at the same point in 2013.

Canada and Mexico are by far the two largest export markets for steel forged in the United States.

Total exports through the end of November stood at 11.12 million net tons, a 6 percent decline compared to the same period in 2013. Exports to Canada were down 5.3 percent for the year, while exports to Mexico were up by 2.6 percent.


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