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Limestone Trade Up 16.8 Percent Ore Trade Down Slightly

Limestone Trade Up 16.8 Percent Ore Trade Down Slightly

Lake Carriers’ Association

CLEVELAND, OHIO  ~~~~  December 11, 2021 (LNews)  Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.3 million tons in November, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to a year ago.  Limestone cargos were 18.4 percent above the month’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries increased 19.1 percent from 2020 to 2.7 million tons.  Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 625,608 tons, an increase of 7.6 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at nearly 28 million tons, an increase of 9.9 percent compared to a year ago.  Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries increased 9.5 percent to 22.2 million tons, while shipments from Ontario quarries total 5.8 million tons, an increase of 11.2 percent from 2020.

Limestone Trade Up 16.8 Percent in November

GREAT LAKES LIMESTONE TRADE: NOVEMBER 2016-2021 AND LONG-TERM AVERAGE 
(NET TONS)

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Average
2016-2020

U.S. Ports

2,081,092

2,523,544

2,302,814

2,583,922

2,284,249

2,721,277

2,355,124

Canadian Ports

405,819

447,992

488,619

429,649

581,670

625,608

470,750

Total

2,486,911

2,971,536

2,791,433

3,013,571

2,865,919

3,346,885

2,825,874

 

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016-2021 AND LONG-TERM AVERAGE 
(NET TONS)

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Average
2016-2020

U.S. Ports

20,463,002

22,025,906

22,137,094

24,844,595

20,242,293

22,168,663

21,942,578

Canadian Ports

4,795,349

4,765,506

5,060,831

5,390,529

5,234,444

5,818,778

5,049,332

Total

25,258,351

26,791,412

27,197,925

30,235,124

25,476,737

27,987,441

26,991,910

U.S. ports: Calcite, MI; Cedarville, MI; Drummond Island, MI; Marblehead, OH; Port Inland, MI; and Presque Isle, MI.  Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island, Port Colborne (from August 2017 on), and Smelter Bay (all Ontario).

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down Slightly in November

 Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 4.2 million tons in November, a decrease of less than 1 percent from 2020.  Shipments were also below the month’s 5-year average by 13.7 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 47.1 million tons, an increase of 28.8 percent compared to the same point in 2020.

Through November iron ore loadings are 2.4 percent above their 5-year average for that timeframe.

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand.  More information is available at www.lcaships.com.

Great Lakes Iron Ore Shipments: November 2016-2021 and 5-Year Average

Includes Transshipments to Quebec City for Shipment Overseas

(net tons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

Port

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016-2020

Duluth, MN

545,436

708,781

780,592

561,577

824,836

682,574

684,244

Superior, WI

958,749

1,256,199

1,145,313

1,184,841

751,116

859,438

1,059,244

Two Harbors, MN

1,595,437

1,951,660

1,394,560

1,258,690

1,170,290

1,397,608

1,474,127

Silver Bay, MN

811,142

341,400

638,939

710,390

601,077

608,681

620,590

Presque Isle, MI

659,871

572,305

807,771

774,154

622,171

306,662

687,254

Escanaba, MI*

107,156

0

0

0

0

0

21,431

Cleveland, OH**

299,834

248,115

291,188

195,218

208,093

354,062

248,490

Ashtabula, OH

103,799

113,988

68,641

36,278

72,524

0

79,046

Total

5,081,424

5,192,448

5,127,004

4,721,148

4,250,107

4,209,025

4,874,426

* Dock ceased operations in April 2017.

         

** Transshipments within Cleveland Harbor

         

Conneaut was removed from tables. All shipments go out by rail.

 

 

 

 

 

Year-To-Date 2016-2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

Port

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016-2020

Duluth, MN

4,358,451

6,168,209

7,086,496

7,736,261

7,336,522

8,257,878

6,537,188

Superior, WI

9,139,108

11,805,446

11,800,131

10,640,698

6,422,301

10,639,426

9,961,537

Two Harbors, MN

14,645,231

16,234,434

15,123,590

15,482,782

11,587,432

13,848,222

14,614,694

Silver Bay, MN

2,896,627

5,560,714

5,855,716

4,966,654

3,875,154

5,503,555

4,630,973

Presque Isle, MI

6,574,685

6,192,417

6,401,337

6,224,836

4,653,617

5,586,158

6,009,378

Escanaba, MI

3,793,603

1,016,867

0

0

0

0

962,094

Cleveland, OH

2,684,919

2,663,661

2,583,196

2,346,481

1,840,962

3,246,798

2,423,844

Ashtabula, OH

103,799

1,037,218

984,552

1,228,067

860,736

28,553

842,874

Total

44,196,423

50,678,966

49,835,018

48,625,779

36,576,724

47,110,590

45,982,582

Information based on data from knowledgeable sources.  However, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  Lake Carriers’ Association assumes no legal responsibility for the outcome of decisions or commitments made on the basis of this information.  Report represents the views of Lake Carriers’ Association and may not necessarily represent the views of its individual members.

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