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Great Lakes limestone trade down 3.6 percent in 2012

Posted By Staff Report On January 14, 2013 @ 10:48 pm In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27,145,219 tons in 2012, a decrease of 3.6 percent compared to 2011, according to the Lake Carriers Association (LCA). The trade was 7 percent below its five-year average, LCA reports.

Shipments from U.S. ports fell 2.4 percent when compared to 2011, and slightly more — 4.1 percent — when compared to their five-year average, according to LCA. Loadings at Canadian quarries decreased 9 percent compared to 2011, and slipped almost 19 percent compared to their 5-year average.

Falling water levels and the dredging crisis took a toll in 2012. By year’s end, a vessel that has carried as much as 35,457 tons in a single trip averaged only 29,796 tons on the three stone loads it moved in December. The cargos were loaded at a quarry on Lake Huron, and that body of water has fallen to a new record low, according to LCA.

 

Great Lakes Limestone Trade: DECEMBER 2007-2012 and 5-Year Average
(net tons)

Ports

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

 

2012

Average
2007-2011

U.S.

1,732,502

451,134

715,473

840,933

1,218,638

759,222

991,736

Canada

349,500

77,687

39,950

198,991

250,447

35,291

183,315

Total

2,084,009

530,829

755,423

1,039,924

1,469,085

794,513

1,175,051

Source: Lake Carriers Association (LCA)

Great Lakes Limestone Trade: 2007-2012 and 5-Year Average

(net tons)

Ports

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

 

2012

Average
2007-2011

U.S.

27,961,091

25,691,214

18,611,577

22,331,486

23,121,059

22,567,501

23,543,285

Canada

6,040,375

6,676,299

4,892,555

5,548,687

5,032,583

4,577,718

5,638,099

Total

34,001,466

32,367,513

23,504,132

27,880,173

28,153,642

27,145,219

29,181,384

U.S. ports: Calcite, MI; Cedarville, MI; Drummond Island, MI; Kellys Island, OH; Marblehead, OH; Port Inland, MI; and Presque Isle, MI. Kellys Island ceased shipping in fall 2009. Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island, and Smelter Bay (all Ontario). 


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