Iron ore shipments to Midwestern steel mills are down 26 percent so far this year, after an unforgiving winter choked the Great Lakes with the thickest and most extensive ice in decades.
Northwest Indiana steel mills rely on a steady flow of shipping traffic across the Great Lakes to provide them with enough raw materials to forge metal, but the record-setting ice was so thick this winter that a boat trip that normally takes 12 hours stretched for eight days in February. Th…
GARY | The nation's largest steel mill is still running at reduced capacity, and iron ore sourcing problems persist because of the worst winter for Great Lakes shipping in decades.
As much as 5 inches of snow fell in some parts of the region Monday night into Tuesday morning, causing multiple accidents on area roadways.
The winter from hell has caused the shutdown of blast furnaces that normally burn around the clock at U.S. Steel Gary Works.
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WHITING | The release of up to 1,638 gallons of crude oil into Lake Michigan from BP's Whiting Refinery will likely not harm area wildlife -- in large part -- thanks to the long, brutal winter.
Slushy snowmelt that froze on local streets Wednesday night caused some problems for motorists Thursday morning.
The Donald C. tug boat breaks through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. Forecasters say the ice cover on the lake and runoff from snowpack on the land will help bring lake levels back near average.
Port of Indiana Operations Manager Nick Szymarek stands in January on a break wall overlooking a frozen Lake Michigan on the west side of the port. The ice on the lake is expected to linger, causing cooler air temperatures as spring begins.
Lower temperatures caused black ice on some area roadways Friday morning, keeping area police busy responding to slide-off and spin-out crashes.
American ice dancers Meryl Davis, left, and Charlie White perform their free dance during the team figure skating event at the Winter Olympics. Davis and White finished first in their event Sunday, helping the U.S. team to a bronze medal.
Over the last few weeks, mail carriers have swaddled themselves in layers, clutched hand-warmers and donned boots with at least 2 inches of tread.
More snow is on the way, with a chaser of freezing rain and sleet that has forecasters warning travel could be "hazardous to impossible" Saturday.
VALPARAISO | One thing has been missing from the city Parks Department's annual activities that involve ice the last couple of years: the ice.
The Donald C. tug boat breaks through ice in the Port of Indiana on Friday. An early freeze of Lake Michigan this season put a damper on shipping.
Longshoreman work on the Donald C. tub boat Friday as it pushes a barge into the Port of Indiana.
The Donald C. tug boat broke through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. U.S. Steel has temporarily curtailed steelmaking operations at Gary Works because the ice conditions on the Great Lakes are so bad ships have not been able to deliver iron ore.
The Donald C. tugboat works to break through ice Friday in the Port of Indiana. Lake Michigan had an early freeze this season putting a damper on shipping. Even though the Soo Locks close from January through March, there remains a fair amount of Great Lakes shipping, especially to the local…
The Stewart J. Cort shipping vessel sits tied up at the ArcelorMittal port Friday in the Port of Indiana. Named after the late vice president of Bethlehem Steel, the ship has a regular run between ore docks in Duluth and Portage carrying taconite and other materials for the manufacture of steel.
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