Great Lakes iron ore trade surges, limestone up in September

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.5 million tons in September, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments also bettered the month’s five-year average by 8.5 percent.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 6.2 million tons in September, an increase of 25.8 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway dipped by a boatload or so to 303,000 tons.

Year-to-date, the iron ore trade stands at 43.3 million tons, an increase of 13.7 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 40 million tons, an increase of 16.7 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway total 3.3 million tons, a decrease of 13.1 percent.

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.65 million tons in October, an increase of 10.6 percent compared to a year ago. October’s loadings were also 7.5 percent ahead of the month’s five-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3 million tons, an increase of 11.1 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 665,000 tons, an increase of 8.4 percent over a year ago.

Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 23.8 million tons, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 19.5 million tons, an increase of 6.1 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.25 million tons, a decrease of 3 percent.

Maritime Editorial