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Limestone Up 8.3 Percent Iron Ore Trade Up 32.4 Percent in October

Limestone Up 8.3 Percent Iron Ore Trade Up 32.4 Percent in October

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CLEVELAND, OHIO ~~~  November 10, 2021  (LNews)  October was a good month of shipping on the Great Lakes 

 Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 32.4 Percent in October

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.5 million tons in October, an increase of 32.4 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments were above the month’s 5-year average by 7.7 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 42.9 million tons, an increase of 32.7 percent compared to the same point in 2020.

Through October iron ore loadings are 4.4 percent above their 5-year average for the January-October 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: October 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

562,005

695,863

1,049,601

705,125

690,385

1,060,797

740,596

Superior, WI

811,191

1,217,882

1,430,073

1,188,678

829,761

1,018,883

1,095,517

Two Harbors, MN

1,735,456

1,923,253

1,506,969

1,716,642

1,382,961

1,624,862

1,653,056

Silver Bay, MN

574,050

461,176

585,241

608,420

481,546

794,873

542,087

Presque Isle, MI

665,956

714,622

796,540

700,259

631,404

553,161

701,756

Escanaba, MI*

300,119

0

0

0

0

0

60,024

Cleveland, OH**

172,965

387,669

280,891

329,435

72,265

454,319

248,645

Ashtabula, OH

0

64,312

125,561

94,650

71,985

0

71,302

Conneaut, OH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

4,821,742

5,464,777

5,774,876

5,343,209

4,160,307

5,506,895

5,112,982

* Dock ceased operations in April 2017.

         

** Transshipments within Cleveland Harbor

         

Year-To-Date 2016-2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

Port

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016-2020

Duluth, MN

3,813,015

5,459,428

6,280,667

7,174,684

6,512,658

7,575,304

5,848,090

Superior, WI

8,180,359

10,549,247

10,654,818

9,455,857

5,671,185

9,779,988

8,902,293

Two Harbors, MN

13,049,794

14,282,774

13,729,030

14,224,092

10,417,142

12,450,614

13,140,566

Silver Bay, MN

2,085,485

5,219,314

5,216,777

4,256,264

3,274,077

4,894,874

4,010,383

Presque Isle, MI

5,914,814

5,620,112

5,593,566

5,450,682

4,031,446

5,279,496

5,322,124

Escanaba, MI

3,686,447

1,016,867

0

0

0

0

940,663

Cleveland, OH

2,385,085

2,415,546

2,292,008

2,151,263

1,632,869

2,892,736

2,175,354

Ashtabula, OH

0

923,239

915,911

1,191,789

788,212

28,553

763,830

Conneaut, OH

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

39,114,999

45,486,527

44,682,777

43,904,631

32,327,589

42,901,565

41,103,305

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.

 Lakes Limestone Up 8.3 Percent in October

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in October, an increase of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago.  Limestone cargos were also above the month’s 5-year average by 1.6 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, an increase of 13.2 percent.  Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 638,517 tons, a decrease of 9.9 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 24.6 million tons, an increase of 9 percent compared to 2020.  Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total nearly 19.4 million tons, an increase of 8.3 percent.  Shipments from Ontario quarries total 5.2 million tons, an increase 11.6 percent.

 

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

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Average
2016-2020

U.S. Ports

2,692,456

2,992,327

2,815,287

3,112,770

2,574,791

2,915,616

2,837,526

Canadian Ports

613,197

683,936

603,257

696,978

708,406

638,517

661,155

Total

3,305,653

3,676,263

3,418,544

3,809,748

3,283,197

3,554,133

3,498,681

 

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

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Average
2016-2020

U.S. Ports

18,381,910

19,502,362

19,834,280

22,260,673

17,958,044

19,447,386

19,587,454

Canadian Ports

4,389,530

4,317,514

4,572,212

4,960,880

4,652,774

5,193,170

4,578,582

Total

22,771,440

23,819,876

24,406,492

27,221,553

22,610,818

24,640,556

24,166,036

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).

 

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