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Port of Indiana Burns Harbor having banner year

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Shipments during 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 ethanol.

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 history.

Overall shipments 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.



Posted 10/27/2017




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