Skip to comments.US Steel idles Indiana mill due to lack of ore (& climate change)
Posted on 04/05/2014 6:27:14 PM PDT by Libloather
GARY, Ind. (AP) U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off its access to vital iron ore and other raw materials.
The company said in a letter to its customers that it has idled the Gary Works complex's blast furnaces and steelmaking operations "due to unforeseen and unprecedented ice conditions on the Great Lakes" after the Midwest's frigid winter, The Times of Munster reported (http://bit.ly/QMW0D4 ).
"These severe ice conditions have not occurred on the Great Lakes for more than three decades," the letter states.
Treacherous ice covering much of Lake Superior has prevented freighter ships from hauling iron ore an essential ingredient in steelmaking from Minnesota's Iron Range to northwestern Indiana steel mills.
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Is this just happening today? Is the ice still that heavy on the Great Lakes, today, April 5th? It’s not melting? Stunning.
Hard to believe, as spring is here, and that ice is going to start melting in a big way very soon.
Hire Warren Buffett’s Trainz.
Hmm. That's the United Steelworkers Union for you. Punch in, punch out, spend 8 hours playing cards and having lunch.
I wonder how they'll heat the place? Maybe they'll keep a few of the blast furnaces going just to keep the workers comfortable.
When all that ice melts, won’t it flood Chicago? /s
These are all lies, told by climate change deniers who should be thrown in prison.
Maybe Gordon Lightfoot can write a song about it.
One can stockpile raw materials (navigation on the Great Lakes is always halted for some period of time in the Winter).
Poor planning can result in exhaustion of the inventory before resupply starts.
Lake Michigan was iced up REAL good this winter.
Soo locks webcams. Its a USACE website so you’ll be warned.
Is it going to...uh...cause the sea levels to rise?
Superior is still 88% ice covered today.
Don't know if the Soo Locks are open.
Site shows current great lakes ice conditions
The locks officially opened on the 25th of March but not a single ship passed through because of the ice on lake superior.
Good luck on making it from Silver Bay, Two Harbors and the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, to the Chicago area any tiem soon.
I haven’t heard any projections of flooding in the US, but a lot of areas got heavy snow and prolonged ice. I would think some places downstream will be underwater before long.
What the heck? You mean that the steelworkers union had negotiated that their workers get paid for not working? Yes, I understand they are clocking in and all that, but, they are going to have nothing to do?????
Yeah but Lake Ontario and southern Lake Michigan.....Surfs up baby!
Some ships have a higher priority than others.
Authorities find bodies of mother, son in flood waters
Indiana Conservation Officers confirmed Saturday afternoon they had found a mother and son who disappeared beneath the flood waters of White River near Moon Road earlier that day.
The body of 5-year-old Bronson Liggett was found still in the flood waters around 4:20 p.m. His mother, 24-year-old Jana Payton, was found about 20 minutes later.
Investigators said a friend of Payton’s was driving at the time. They believe she was unfamiliar with the gravel road next to the White River. The car became submerged in flood waters.
All three got on top of the car to try to escape the flood. The friend went up a nearby hill to look for help but by the time she got back, was never able to find Payton or Liggett again.
Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo (NY) are lame in comparison.
Our local kayak cascades have had the ice clocking the chutes melted off in the last few weeks and I've seen one set of kayakers go through.
Since I tend to use a tube with a kayak paddle, it's still way too cold for me to do any navigation (I never bought the well fitting wet suit when I had the chance).
Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo (NY) are lame in comparison.
Our local kayak cascades have had the ice clogging the chutes melted off in the last few weeks and I've seen one set of kayakers go through.
Since I tend to use a tube with a kayak paddle, it's still way to cold for me to do any navigation (I never bought the well fitting wet suit when I had the chance).
Well, I just happened to read that one sentence in the article. Apparently, yes, they will report to work and get paid, but not have anything to do. Maybe do a bit of sweeping and tidying up, if their contracts permit it.
I put in a summer working at Youngstown Sheet & Tube in East Chicago back in the 1950s not far from there (but long since shut down). This doesn’t really surprise me. The company has less trouble and expense with the union, paying them for a few days or weeks for doing nothing, than it would have negotiating a formal shutdown, I would guess.
That’s because there is no surf in Cleveland, USA...
No more ice? Head for the hills! It’s global warming!
We put on Space Like Suits and went into the salt baths and other (plating) tanks to scrape out the accumulated crud along with doing general cleanup of all sorts of other Plant nooks and crannies.
bring back the real Mackinaw. Problem solved.
The guys tell me that they have cleared the Locks, but, its the ice built up (pressure ridges) that are the problem. Some ice is piled up really thick. The CG is afraid that the breakers might be stretched so far to the limit that they might fracture hulls.
On another note, the guys at the Tilden and Empire Mines say that they thought the docks at Escanaba are operating. But, that is Cliffs Natural (Formerly Cleveland Cliffs) turf and I wonder if they will divert any to US Steel since they are contracted with other steel companies.
I dd not know that climate change would effect the growing and harvesting of iron ore.
The Escanaba dock is operating..
BTW, on the Great Lakes they are called boats and not ships.
That ain't bad. Similar to the B-52's.
Maybe we could buy a nuclear powered Russian Arctic Breaker to get the Yeoman's work done.
I think if they have multiple boats stowed aboard, they should be called Ships.
Canadian Steamship Lines' CSL Laurentien docked at Lock 8 about 12:45 a.m. with Captain Jim Perkins and Chief Marcel Garant welcomed by Mayor Vance Badawey, who officiated an early morning Top Hat Ceremony postponed for a week due to the harshness of our 2013 to 2014 winter season and the tremendous ice build up on the Great Lakes.
Nope. Boats. On the oceans they are called ships.
And what EVER you do, dont call them ships to any sailer that sails on the Great Lakes.
I doubt they can shut the blast furnaces down- I think they are coke fired.
I see the A Anderson is still going. Remember that boat?
Well the Saint Laurence Seaway was opened in 1959 and since then newer vessels that seem to be only operated in the Great Lake have begun to resemble their Ocean sailing brethren, at least the newer ships that could more readily sail on the open seas should be called ships.
They just got 2 feet of snow in Houghton yesterday...
People were trading stuff with the crew sometimes.
Many of the Ocean Goers were smaller than the Lake Freighters.
Heck, many of the US Navy ships on the Great Lakes were smaller than the Lake Freighters.
"In January 1813, William Jones (who had replaced Hamilton as the United States Secretary of the Navy) ordered the construction of two brig-rigged corvettes at Presque Isle, and transferred shipwright Noah Brown there from Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario to take charge of construction. Other than their rig and crude construction (such as using wooden pegs instead of nails because of shortages of the latter), the two brigs were close copies of the contemporary USS Hornet. The heaviest armament for the ships came from foundries on Chesapeake Bay, and were moved to Presque Isle only with great difficulty."
Ships, they said ships!
I have no idea about the list of the multitudinous "ships" I saw going through the Welland Canal as a kid. There may be a few (Brownie) photos in some bin somewhere.
I also saw a few running the rapids both ways under the Blue Water Bridge (and some in the Soo Locks, in the Maumee River, in the Ontario to St. Lawrence locks, in Superior, Duluth, Thunder Bay and other places around the ponds).
If they shut the blast furnaces down, this would be an excellent opportunity to reline them. I used to know some guys that did that for a living. Good pay but very hard, hot, dirty job.
Nice pic; evocative and atmospheric. Like it.
Crap. I have to order anout 1000 lbs of chromoly steel bars and that’s where my supplies come from. Blast this global warming!!!