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Great Lakes Limestone Rally Continues

Great Lakes Cement Carrier (Photo: Rod Burdick)

The Great Lakes limestone trade racked up its fifth straight month of increases over the corresponding period last year in October, Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Stone cargos totaled 3.7 million tons, an increase of 2.8 percent. The trade also bettered its long-term average by 8.1 percent. Despite the five-month rally, year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade is still slightly behind last year’s pace. The 23 million tons shipped through October represent a decrease of 2.1 percent.

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

Great Lakes Limestone Moving More Briskly

Another Good Month for Lakes Limestone; Up 16 Percent in May. Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,355,389 net tons in May, an increase of 30 percent compared to April and 15.6 percent better than a year ago. However, shipments were down 9.3 percent compared to the month’s 5-year average. The strongest gains came at U.S. ports. Loadings rose by 380,000 tons, or 16.2 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries increased by 73,000 tons, or 13.2 percent. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 6.1 million net tons…

Great Lakes Limestone & Coal Trade Up

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. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 20.5 million net tons, an increase of 25.2% compared to a year ago, but a decrease of 15% compared to the five-year average for the first three quarters. Loadings at U.S. ports are up 28 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian docks are 15.4% ahead of last year’s pace.

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. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 12 million tons, a decrease of 6.1 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Up Again in August

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.7 million tons in August, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments bettered the month’s long-term average by almost 7 percent. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 3.1 million tons in August, a slight dip compared to a year ago.  However, shipments from Canadian quarries rose 36 percent 660,000 tons. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 15.8 million tons, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago.  The gap between this year and last has lessened considerably since ice conditions eased in May.  At the end of April, limestone cargos were down 55 percent compared to the same point in 2013. lcaships.com

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Strong

For the second month in a row, shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes topped 4 million tons in July, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. This is the first time loadings have topped the 4-million-ton mark for more than one month in a shipping season since 2008. Loadings at U.S. quarries totaled 3.5 million tons, a virtual repeat of a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries – 560,000 tons – also were a near carbon copy of a year ago. Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 14 million tons, an increase of 16 percent compared to a year ago. The increase in part reflects how severely stone shipments were impacted by the near glacial ice that covered the Lakes into May of 2014. LCA noted.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips 8%

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.3 million tons in May, a decrease of 8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported, adding that shipments were also 3 percent below the month’s long-term average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 9 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings at Canadian quarries were a virtual carbon copy of a year ago. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 4.2 million tons, a decrease of 25.3 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 4% in August

Shipments of limestone from U.S. and Canadian quarries on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in August, an increase of 4 percent compared to a year ago, and even more, 10 percent, when compared to the month’s long-term average, according to the Lakes Carriers’ Association (LCA). According to LCA’s latest figures, loadings from U.S. quarries in Michigan and Ohio approached 3.3 million tons, an increase of 6 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries in Ontario dipped by a couple boatloads. Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 17,857,335 tons, an increase of 13 percent compared to the same point in 2014. Loadings out of U.S. quarries are 11 percent ahead of last year’s pace.  Shipments from Canadian quarries have surged by 23 percent.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in October

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.4 million tons in October, a decrease of eight percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), adding the trade was only two percent below the month’s five-year average, however. According to LCA, shipments from U.S. ports totaled 2.9 million tons in October, a decrease of six percent compared to a year ago, while loadings out of Canadian quarries totaled 505,000 tons, 20 percent less than a year ago. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 24.5 million tons, an increase of 6.5 percent compared to the same point in 2014, and 4.5 percent better than the five-year average for the January-October timeframe. Shipments from U.S. ports are up seven percent.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in May

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in May, a decrease of 5.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA) reported. May’s loadings were, however, slightly above the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 683,000 tons, a decrease of 9.3 percent, LCA said. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 5.3 million tons, a decrease of 12.3 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Climbs in November

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3 million tons in November, an increase of nearly 11 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lakes Carriers’ Association (LCA). The trade also outperformed the month’s five-year average by 2.5 percent.   Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 2.5 million tons in November, an increase of 11.1 percent compared to a year ago, while loadings out of Canadian quarries rose 9.3 percent to 500,000 tons, LCA said.   Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 27.5 million tons, an increase of 7 percent compared to the same point in 2014, and 4.3 percent better than the five-year average for the January-November timeframe. Shipments from U.S. ports are up 7.4 percent, and loadings out of Canadian quarries are up 4.9 percent.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Falls 16.3% in April

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1,630,081 tons in April, a  decrease of 16.3 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reports. Loadings also trailed the month’s five-year average by 22.4 percent. Loadings at U.S. quarries totaled 1,332,839 tons, a decrease of 14 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian docks totaled 297,242 tons, a decrease of 24.7 percent, LCA said. Year-to-date the Great Lakes limestone trade stands at 1.7 million tons, a decrease of 24.3 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Shipments from U.S.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 7% in April

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1,947,263 tons in April, an increase of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 1,552,490 tons, a decrease of 3.2 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries jumped 85 percent to 394,773 tons, LCA said. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 2,257,604 tons, an increase of 10.6 percent. Shipments from U.S. quarries are up a boatload or two, and loadings out of Canadian quarries have risen 75 percent.

Lakes Limestone Trade in May Repeats a Year Ago

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,806,526 tons in May, a virtual repeat of a year ago when the trade totaled 3,809,701 tons, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). This May’s loadings were, however, slightly below the month’s five-year average. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 3,053,669 tons, a decrease of approximately 40,000 tons compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 752,857 tons, an increase of 37,000 tons, LCA said. According to LCA, year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 6,064,130 tons, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to a year ago. Again, loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries are virtually unchanged from a year ago at 4.9 million tons…

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in June

Source: Lake Carriers’ Association

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.7 million tons in June, a decrease of 7.8 percent compared to a year ago, and slightly below the month’s five-year average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reports. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 2,948,189 tons, a decrease of 10 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 780,907 tons, an increase of 16,770 tons, or roughly one load in a river-class laker, LCA said. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 9.8 million tons, a decrease of 1 percent compared to a year ago, according to LCA.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down 18% in July

File photo: Chad Scott

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,348,040 tons in July, a decrease of 18 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lakes Carriers’ Association (LCA). July’s loadings were also 14 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 2.6 million tons, a decrease of 26 percent compared to a year ago., while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 760,000 tons, an increase of 35 percent compared to a year ago, LCA said. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 13.1 million tons, a decrease of 6 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in August

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,365,999 tons in August, a decrease of 13.5 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). August’s loadings were also 8 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2,765,206 tons, a decrease of 15.5 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 600,793 tons, a decrease equal to one load in one of the larger river-class vessels. LCA said year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 16.5 million tons, a decrease of 7.6 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries total 13.2 million tons, a decrease of 11.8 percent, and shipments from Ontario quarries total 3.3 million tons, an increase of 14.3 percent.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in September

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2,958,522 tons in September, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to a year ago, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). September’s loadings were also 13.3 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2,495,401 tons, a decrease of 14.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to LCA, and shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 463,121 tons, an increase of 35.8 percent. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 19,465,787 tons, a decrease of 7.9 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips 3.5% in October

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.3 million tons in October, a decrease of 3.5 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. October’s loadings were also 5.4 percent below the month’s five-year average. LCA said loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.7 million tons, a decrease of 7.8 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 613,000 tons, an increase of 21.4 percent. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 22.8 million tons, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in November

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.5 million tons in November, a decrease of 16.8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. November’s loadings were also 15.1 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.1 million tons, a decrease of 16.2 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 406,000 tons, a decrease of 19.3 percent, LCA said. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 25.3 million tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in June

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,455,019 tons in June, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. June’s loadings were also 8.9 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 668,000 tons, a decrease of 14.3 percent, LCA said. Year-to-date the Great Lakes limestone trade stands at 8.8 million tons, a decrease of 10.4 percent compared to a year ago, according to LCA.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up in July

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in July, an increase of 15.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. July’s loadings were also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.16 million tons, an increase of 22.3 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 700,000 tons, a decrease of 60,000 tons, LCA said. According to LCA, Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 12.6 million tons, a decrease of 9.6 percent compared to a year ago.

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