At the Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor last week it was smooth “ale-ing” for the bulk carrier
M/V Federal Mackinac as it arrived carrying 12 brewery tanks destined
for a Michigan brewery, the Port reported on Friday.
brewery tank can hold the equivalent of 800 barrels of beer, or the
equivalent of 198,400 pints of beer. Each tank weighs 25,353 pounds, the
equivalent of 11.5 metric tons, and is 40 feet long and 14 feet in diameter.
The total weight for this cargo was 304,235 pounds or 138 metric tons.
The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor “has become an international hub for ‘heavy life’ and
‘project cargo’ because of its ocean access and proximity to the U.S.
Heartland,” the Port noted. “Shipments of brewery tanks are not as common at
the port as coal, limestone, steel, and agricultural products, but they are
an example of the specialized type of shipment and growing trend of project
cargo the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is capable of handling. In the last
three years, the port has handled dozens of brewery tanks in five separate
“When you consider
our port's strategic location in the U.S., its logistical access to ocean
vessels, river barges, rail and truck transportation, and our experienced
cargo-handling services, our port is uniquely qualified to handle oversized
cargoes,” Port Director Ian Hirt said. “For large shipments of beer tanks,
wind turbines or machinery, shippers can realize significant savings by
keeping the cargo on water as long possible, rather than dealing with the
hassle, permitting and costs to drive oversized loads to or from the East
Coast or West Coast. Having ocean access in Indiana is a tremendous
advantage for Midwest shippers.”
tanks arrived from an international manufacturer and were discharged from
the M/V Federal Mackinac by Federal Marine Terminal's shore crane
into a storage area. The brewery tanks will then be loaded onto heavy-haul
semi-trucks for final delivery.
Terminals unloads the large project cargoes at this port, with labor
provided by the International Longshoremen's Association and the
International Union of Operating Engineers.