Indiana-made steel is headed from the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to the
Republic of Macedonia, the Porter and ArcelorMittal said in a joint
statement on Thursday.
The shipment—of 18,000 metric tons of hot-rolled steel coils—was produced at
ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility and will ship to Thessaloniki, Greece,
where it will be unloaded and then transported to ArcelorMittal Skopje, a
steel finishing facility in Macedonia’s capital city.
“We are pleased to be exporting nearly 18,000 metric tons of steel—our most
significant export from the U.S. in three years—from the Port of Indiana,”
said Ramana Venkat, managing director of ArcelorMittal International.
“Opportunities to export steel from ArcelorMittal USA facilities can be very
attractive when market conditions allow. Export projects always bring
excitement to the teams involved and demonstrate the global competitiveness
of our Northwest Indiana steel facilities.”
Federal Marine Terminals, the port’s general cargo stevedore, started
loading the steel onto the Pacific Huron on Thursday and
expects the process to take two to three days. The vessel, built especially
for carrying cargo between Europe and the Great Lakes, is making its fourth
voyage into the Great Lakes. The trip is expected to take 23 days, with
stops for fuel in Montreal and Gibraltar, arriving in Thessaloniki on Oct.
“Northwest Indiana is the richest steel-producing region in the world and
being able to access world markets through our port is vital for
ArcelorMittal and many other companies,” said Peter Laman, port director of
the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. “Whether it’s bringing in raw materials or
shipping out finished products, steel companies can reduce their logistic
costs substantially by shipping through our port. We have an experienced and
aggressive terminal operator in Federal Marine Terminals, an extremely
efficient workforce, and many port companies that provide steel-related
services, which is why this facility handles more steel than any other Great
This is the first substantial steel export from the port since 2008.
Year-to-date steel shipments through the port are up 40 percent over last
year, with 2011 on target for having the highest steel shipments since 2007,
the statement noted. Through August, the port has handled 25 percent more
cargo than 2010, including a variety of project cargoes such as wind
equipment and heavy machinery.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recently posted the largest increase in
international cargo of all the Great Lakes ports during the 2010 navigation
season, earning it the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the
U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development