Great Lakes limestone trade down in June

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The following is the text of a news release from the Lake Carriers' Association:

(CLEVELAND) — 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. June’s loadings were, however, just slightly below the month’s five-year average.

Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 2,948,189 tons, a decrease of 10 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 780,907 tons, an increase of 16,770 tons, or roughly one load in a river-class laker.

Year to date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 9.8 million tons, a decrease of 1 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries have slipped 4 percent to 7,842,580 tons. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 1,950,646 tons, an increase of 233,000 tons.

By Professional Mariner Staff