Lakes limestone trade up 6.4 percent in 2017


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

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28 million tons in 2017, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to 2016. Loadings for 2017 were also 2.1 percent above the trade’s five-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 23.2 million tons, an increase of 8.4 percent compared to 2016. Shipments from U.S. quarries also inched passed their five-year average.

Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 4.85 million tons, a decrease of 2.1 percent from 2016, but 10.4 percent better than their five-year average.

U.S. ports: Calcite, Mich., Cedarville, Mich., Drummond Island, Mich., Marblehead, Ohio, Port Inland, Mich., and Presque Isle, Mich. Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island and Smelter Bay (all Ontario). 

By Professional Mariner Staff