Cargo Reports – October 2013 – Limestone from Ports – Text & Tabular

October 31, 2013
October 31, 2013 LCA

Lakes Limestone Trade Up More Than 23 Percent in October

CLEVELAND—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in October, an increase of 23.3 percent compared to a year ago. The October total was also slightly ahead of the month’s 5-year average, and 4.7 percent above September’s total of 3,475,702 tons.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 3.2 million tons, an increase of 29 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings at Canadian quarries dipped slightly to 449,000 tons. O

ne factor behind the increases was better weather this October. Last year U.S.-flag lakers collectively lost about 2,000 steaming hours in October waiting out the heavy weather after Hurricane Sandy.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 23.5 million tons, an increase of a few boatloads compared to a year ago, but still 5 percent below the long-term average for the January-October timeframe.

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