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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in July

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in July, a decrease of 2.9% compared to June, and 13.6% off the pace of a year ago. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 3 million tons, a decrease of 9.7% compared to a year ago. Loadings at Canadian quarries dipped by more than 30%, falling to 507,000 tons. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 12.85 million tons, a decrease of 8.5% compared to a year ago, and 23% below the average for the January-July timeframe in recent years. lcaships.com


Lakes Record Best Month for Limestone in Two Years

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,090,079 tons in July, the highest total for the trade since July of 2012, the Lake Carriers’ Association said, adding that loadings that month totaled 4,083,753 tons. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 3.5 million tons in July, an increase of 17.7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 555,000 tons, a slight increase over a year ago.


Lakes Limestone Trade Up 27% in July

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,682,308 net tons in July, a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to June, but an increase of 27 percent compared to a year ago.  The trade was down 11.5 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average. Loadings at U.S. ports were up nearly 850,000 tons compared to a year ago, but shipments from Canadian docks slipped by 65,000 tons. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 13,669,350 net tons, an increase of 32


Great Lakes Limestone & Coal Trade Up

Lakes Limestone Trade up 16% in September Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,461,606 net tons in September, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to August, and 16 percent better than a year ago.  However, the trade was down 10.7% compared to the month’s 5-year average. Loadings at U.S. ports were up 342,000 tons compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks increase by 135,000 tons.


Lakes November Limestone Down 11.4 PCT

File Photo: A typical Great Lakes Stone Carrier.

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.9 million tons in November, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to October, and 11.4 percent below the level of a year ago.    The November stone float was also 12 percent off the month’s 5-year average.   Shipments from U.S. ports fell 12.3 percent in November.  Loadings at Canadian quarries slipped by 7 percent.  Shipments were impacted in the first days of the month by some delays related to Hurricane


Lakes Stone Trade Down 5.8% in June

File photo. Credit: Rod Burdick

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in June, a slight increase over May (80,000 tons), but a decrease of 5.8% compared to a year ago. Shipments were also down 7.5% from June’s total in recent years. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 3.1 million tons, a decrease of 2.8% compared to a year ago, and loadings at Canadian quarries dipped by more than 21%. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 9.3 million tons, a decrease of 6


LCA: Lakes Limestone Trade Up 14 Percent in August

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.8 million net tons in August, an increase of 4 percent over July, and an increase of 14 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments were also just about even with August’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. quarries increased 22 percent compared to a year ago and slightly bettered the month’s 5-year average.  Loadings at Canadian quarries were off roughly 15 percent compared to both a year ago and August’s 5-year


U.S. Flag Great Lakes Cargo Down in 2012

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 89.5 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in 2012, a decrease of 4.6 percent compared to 2011. The 2012 float was 1.5 percent off the five-year average for U.S.-flag lakers.   U.S.-flag lakers carried 45.2 million tons of iron ore in 2012, or 73.3 percent of the total volume of iron ore moved on the Great Lakes last year. The 45.2 million tons of iron ore carried by U.S.-flag lakers represented a decrease of 4.3 percent from 2011.  


2013 Shows Slight Jump in Great Lakes Limestone Trade

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According to data compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association, shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27.6 million tons in 2013, an increase of 1.7% compared to 2012. The trade was, however, 4% below its long-term average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 23.9 million tons, an increase of 5.7% compared to 2012. That total is also the highest for U.S. ports since 2008. Shipments from Canadian ports totaled 3.7 million tons, a decrease of 18% compared to 2013.


Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in November

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in November, a decrease of 4.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Limestone cargos also trailed the month’s long-term average by 9.2 percent. The trade was impacted by weather in November, with many vessels anchoring or taking longer routes to avoid heavy weather. Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 25.7 million tons, a decrease of 2


Great Lakes Coal Falls Short in 2014

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Despite a nearly 1-million ton increase in coal shipments on the Great Lakes in December, the surge was not enough to enable the trade to outperform 2013, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said, reporting that shipments for the year totaled 24


Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Report Released

Photo: Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group

The 2014 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management activities was released by the Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) Thursday.   The BWWG aims to harmonize ballast water management efforts between the U.S. Coast Guard


Great Lakes Shipping Worries about Tough Spring

Image: Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)

 Ice conditions have been causing concern for Great Lakes shipping industry. The satellite images show that the Great Lakes once again almost entirely covered in ice.   Duluth News Tribune reports that the ice is causing worry in the Great Lakes shipping industry about the prospects of


Ice Coverage on Great Lakes 89 pct: NOAA

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 Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is nearing 90 percent, reveals high resolution satellites images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   The entire Great Lakes is at 88.8 percent ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about


US-flag Lakes Cargos Up in November

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in November, an increase of 6.2 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures from the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The total would have been higher, the LCA said


Great Lakes Water Levels Surge

The surge in water levels on Lake Superior and across the Great Lakes are a boon to this freighter travelling through the Soo Locks in June. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA and partners document surge in Great Lakes water levels; levels expected to stay above-average through winter and spring of 2015   Scientists at the Army Corps of Engineers, Environment Canada and NOAA documented a record-setting surge in water levels on Lakes Superior and


Lakes Limestone 2014 Tonnage Dips

A typical Great Lakes stone carrier (source: Lake Carriers Association)

Shipments from U.S. ports dipped 4 percent, but loadings out of Canadian quarries rose 12.5 percent.   Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27.1 million tons in 2014, a decrease of 1.8 percent from 2013 and a drop of 2.1 percent compared to the trade’s long-term average


Great Lakes Freeze Cost Economy $705m, 3,800 Jobs

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., conducts an escort on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point April 3, 2014. (USCG photo)

The seemingly glacial ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported, promting the group to to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to


US, Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking Underway

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. The crew experienced plate ice as thick as three feet and ice ridges as tall as eight feet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien)

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have begun collaborative icebreaking operations.   The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St


Canaveral Upgrades Bulk Conveyor System

The Bahamas Spirit discharges limestone at South Cargo Pier 4 at Port Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Canaveral)

The new $1.5 million bulk conveyor system at Port Canaveral was utilized for the first time by Martin Marietta when the Bahamas Spirit discharged limestone at South Cargo Pier 4.   The Canaveral Port Authority invested in the system with Martin Marietta to enhance terminal operational


LCA Calls for New Icebreaker on the Great Lakes

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., conducts an escort on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point April 3, 2014. (USCG photo)

The ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs and has prompted Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to partner with the U.S


$7 Billion Makeover for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping

A typical bulker plies the St. Lawrence Seaway (image: Chambr of Marine commerce)

A new study released today reveals that $7 billion is being spent on asset renewal and infrastructure improvements in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping system.   The investment survey, compiled by maritime trade consultants, Martin Associates, tallies US$ 6


Great Lakes: US Cargoes Surge on Milder Weather

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With the vast ice fields of December 2013 a distant but still troubling memory, U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes this past December rebounded significantly.  Shipments totaled 9.6 million tons, an increase of nearly 35 percent compared to a year ago


Lakes Defend US Build Requirement of Jones Act

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An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force said it sees no benefit to allowing


Video: Coastguards Continue Great Lakes Icebreaking

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Continued icebreaking operations from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards open maritime lanes for commercial vessels The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are jointly continuing Operation Coal Shovel, the seasonal domestic icebreaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St






 
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