February 16 - The Port of Milwaukee handled 2.3 million tonnes of cargo in 2015, down approximately 300,000 tonnes compared with the previous year.

Volumes of steel were also down year-on-year, although the US port said that the amount of steel handled was still one of the highest totals recorded in the past decade.

"Cargo at the Port of Milwaukee is affected by world markets and local demand, and we certainly saw that last year," said Milwaukee port director Paul Vornholt. "2016 begins with some uncertainty, but there is reason for optimism."