Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Big Black Money

In about a month, that pile in front of the Cleveland ArcelorMittal steel plant has gone from nearly empty to what you see here. And, I am told, the want even more. The total order was for four million tons of iron, to be delivered to a factory that eats 15 - 20 thousand tons a day. Our gross tonnage, for comparison, is under twelve thousand.

See comments for much more reasonable sounding figures here.

Again, working from hearsay, but the thousand foot ships (no clue what the tonnage is on those) make one million dollars for each run from Silver Bay to the lakeside Cleveland dock, and river size ships like us make another 350,000 to run from lakeside dock to the plant up the river.
I make $3.25 an hour, and $8.00 an hour overtime.

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  1. american steamship 1000ft ships vary from 62k to 81k for load cap. sam laud 24k . This all depends on lake and river levels as well as channel depths. that is if they have been dredged lately which has been an ongoing problem for ports on the lakes.

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    1. Another confirmation of my theory that no one knows what the hell they are talking about unless they are directly responsible for it, and instead of saying they don't know, sailors will just make up bullshit.

      Thanks for the much more reasonable sounding numbers

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