the first nine months of 2017 at the Ports of Indiana were up more than 10
percent over the year-ago period, the Ports is reporting.
Total tons handled
were over 8.1 million, the second highest volume during the first three
quarters of any year in the organization's 56-year history. The growth was
primarily due to increased shipments of coal, steel, fertilizer, and
The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor, for its part, handled 2 million tons from January
through September, recording not only the second-highest total for that
nine-month time period, but also the second highest September in the port's
through September at Burns Harbor rose nearly 11 percent while steel cargoes
were up nearly 49 percent, oils up 40 percent, grains up nearly 14 percent,
and ship and barge traffic up 20 percent.
Shipments at Burns
Harbor included Midwest soybeans headed to Spain and several vessels
carrying over-sized cargoes, such as windmill components and ICARUS, the
world's largest liquid argon particle hunter and the most valuable piece of
cargo ever handled at the port. The multi-million dollar instrument was
shipped from Geneva, Switzerland, to Fermilab in Batavia, Ill.
The Ports of
Indiana is a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River
and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a
self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana's economy by developing
and maintaining a world-class port system.