Marine Link
Friday, October 21, 2016

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in June

July 11, 2014

M/V American Courage (Photo courtesy of the American Steamship Company)

M/V American Courage (Photo courtesy of the American Steamship Company)

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes total 7,952,201 tons through June, a decrease of 14.7 percent compared to the same point in 2013.  The decrease is even slightly larger when compared to the trade’s long-term average through June: 16.2 percent.

Loadings out of U.S. quarries stand at 6.8 million tons through the second quarter, a decrease of 15.7 percent.  Shipments from Canadian quarries total 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 8.6 percent.

The totals are testimony to the effects of the brutal winter of 2013/2014.  The ice conditions were such that only one limestone cargo had moved by April 15.  A number of the lower-horsepower river class vessels that serve the limestone trade had to delay their sailings well into April because of heavy ice.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Oct 2016 - Marine Design Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News