Polar Vortex Boosts Cruise Bookings

BERLIN, March 7 (Reuters) - The freezing weather that swept the United States in the first two months of the year led to a surge in cruise bookings as winter-weary holiday-makers headed south to warmer climates. "Many companies have recorded their best booking month ever in January," Christine Duffy, head of trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), told … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Almost Completely Frozen Over, New Data Shows

Persistent cold temperatures in the Midwest this winter have resulted in historic ice coverage on the Great Lakes with many almost completely frozen over, according to new data from The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). The latest data from GLERL shows that as of mid-February, the ice coverage on the Great Lakes stood at 88 percent, by far the greatest … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Shipping Snarled by Winter Weather in 2013

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 58.3 million tons in 2013, a decrease of 5.3 percent compared to 2012, according to new data released today by the Lake Carriers' Association. While the trade had been slightly behind 2012’s pace through November, the gap grew significantly when an early and harsh start to winter caused weather-related delays at loadings docks … [Read more...]