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  • phonodelic phonodelic Dec 19, 2012 10:45 AM Flag

    Supply Chain for Taconite from Great Lakes to China?

    Does anyone know the particulars of how iron ore Taconite pellets get from Great Lakes to China, for instance? Are the Lake bulk ships offloaded in a port along the St. Lawrence Seaway at some point, and reloaded on ocean going bulkers? Just curious.

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    • to answer part of my own question, Canadian National Railway (CN) bought Great Lakes Fleet, which operates most of the Taconite dry bulk ships out of Duluth. It used to belong to US Steel. I know that the Lake fleet can run straight out the St. Lawrence Seaway, and over to Europe. I found out that demand from China pushed the cost for taconite up high enough that it is now realistic to ship taconite from Duluth to China. My question has to do with how it travels. And do ocean going dry bulkers like NM or NMM have a role in that, via transshipment?

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      • jdfunnell Dec 21, 2012 2:07 PM Flag

        Not an answer, but you might want to ask that question on the CLF board or the MSB board. That CLF recently announced some taconite production shutdowns/slowdowns might mean there's not that much to hope for right now. There are several folks on the MSB board who know a lot about Great Lakes ship movement; whether they're knowledgeable about St. Lawrence movements, I don't know. But it could be worth asking. MSB's a pretty good board, as those things go............Dave

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