Lakes Limestone Up Again in August
CLEVELAND—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.