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Great Lakes Limestone Up 27%


Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,682,308 net tons in July, a decrease of 4.7% compared to June, but an increase of 27% compared to a year ago

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,682,308 net tons in July, a decrease of 4.7% compared to June, but an increase of 27% compared to a year ago. The trade was down 11.5% when compared to the monthís 5-year average. This data is collected by the Lake Carriers' Association.

Loadings at U.S. ports were up nearly 850,000 tons compared to a year ago, but shipments from Canadian docks slipped by 65,000 tons.
Year-to-date the Great Lakes limestone trade stands at 13.7 million net tons, an increase of 32.5% compared to a year ago, but a decrease of 15.2% compared to the 5-year average for the January-July timeframe. Loadings at U.S. ports are up 39.3% compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian docks are 10.5% ahead of last yearís pace.

Lake Carriersí Association represents 18 American companies that operate 55 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carry the raw materials that drive the nationís economy: iron ore and fluxstone for the steel industry, limestone and cement for the construction industry, coal for power generation. Collectively, these vessels can transport more than 115 million tons of cargo a year when high water offsets lack of adequate dredging.