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Great Lakes limestone trade down 7 percent in June

Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On July 12, 2011 @ 5:18 am In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in June, an increase of 23 percent over May, but a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers Association. Shipments trailed the month’s five-year average by 10.6 percent.

Shipments from U.S. quarries fell 4.6 percent compared to a year ago and are 7.3 percent off June’s five-year average. Loadings at Canadian quarries slipped by more than 16 percent compared to a year ago and more — 22.4 percent — when compared to the month’s five-year average.

Through June, the limestone trade stands at 8.7 million tons, a decrease of 13.1 percent compared to the same point in 2010, and a drop of 21.2 percent compared to the five-year average for the first half of the year.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade: June 2006-2011 and Five-Year Average
(net tons)


2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Average
2006-2010

U.S. Ports

3,503,499

3,526,974

3,498,132

2,114,392

3,048,324

2,909,044

3,138,264

Canadian Ports

971,684

855,600

896,000

878,533

817,458

685,611

883,855

Total

4,475,183

4,382,574

4,394,132

2,994,934

3,865,782

3,594,655

4,022,119

Great Lakes Limestone Trade: Year-To-Date 2006-2011 and Five-Year Average
(net tons)


2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Average

2006-2010

U.S. Ports

10,917,566

9,861,051

9,329,070

5,585,830

7,831,341

7,050,160

8,704,972

Canadian Ports

3,075,410

2,430,375

2,445,900

1,832,571

2,155,701

1,622,927

2,387,991

Total

13,992,976

12,291,426

11,774,970

7,418,401

9,987,042

8,673,087

11,092,963

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 operations in fall 2009.  Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island, Port Colborne, and Smelter Bay (all Ontario). Port Colborne ceased shipping by vessel in 2006.


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