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Port newsbytes: cement and limestone trade

World Cement,

North America

According to The Lake Carriers’ Association, limestone shipments on the Great Lakes in July 2014 (4.09 million t) were at their highest since July 2012 (4.08 million t). Loadings out of US quarries increased by 17.7% y/y to 3.5 million t. Shipments from quarries in Canada also improved slightly on last year, coming in at 555 000 t. In January – July 2014, limestone trade fell by around 6.1% y/y to 12 million t. The decline is largely due to the harsh weather conditions, with ice preventing much limestone trade until late April.

Meanwhile, the Port of Green Bay, Wisconsin, saw a rise in limestone shipments in June 2014. In a statement, Dean Haen, Director of Brown County Port and Resource Recovery Department, has said that limestone tonnage during the month grew by 63% y/y. The port experienced a rise of over 77 000 t of total imported and exported materials compared to the same month in 2013. In June, 27 ships passed through the port, carrying materials such as cement, coal and pig iron.


The Jakarta Globe has reported that Indonesia’s Humpass Intermoda Transportasi plans to invest US$115 million in six new vessels this year, US$40 million of which will be spent on two ships for the transport of cement. The remaining purchases will include vessels for shipping oil and chemicals.


The Ports of Sines and Algarve Authority has revealed that Porto de Faro has experienced one of its busiest weeks, with 20 000 t of cement trade. The cement is largely destined for the North African market, principally Algeria. Cement is one of the main commodities handled by the port. The increase in volumes intensified activity at the dock, including the movement of more than 1000 trucks.

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