The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor handled nearly 2.6 million tons of cargo in 2016,
completing the highest three-year total in the port's history, with more
than 8.6 million tons handled at the port since 2014.
highlights included a major expansion by Ratner Steel, a significant
increase in heavy-lift cargoes, and the investment of $2.5 million in port
infrastructure improvements, according to a statement released this week by
the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.
Major cargoes of
the 2016 shipping season--which saw the port’s third highest tonnage of the
last 10 years--included steel, limestone, carbon products, grain, and iron
ore. Grain shipments were up 57 percent from 2015; coal, up 11 percent; and
mineral and oil shipments, up 19 percent.
shipments were especially strong for us and included two export ships of
Indiana grain, raw materials for the steel industry as well as several
large-dimensional cargoes,” Port Director Rick Heimann said. “Watching the
Ratner Steel expansion take shape is especially encouraging because it
further demonstrates that by using the port's strategic location and
multimodal capabilities, a company can gain a competitive advantage and grow
Steel, a producer of carbon sheet steel for service centers and the
manufacturing of agricultural and transportation products, announced a major
expansion at the port in 2016: the addition of 100,000 more square feet to
load and unload steel shipments. The $8 million investment is expected to be
completed by March 2017.
established ability to handle heavy-lift cargoes also continued to attract
project cargoes from world markets, with shipments of large-dimensional
cargoes up nearly 25 percent in 2016. Those shipments included multiple
large cranes and containers of crane components from Europe for intermodal
yards around the Midwest, storage tanks destined for manufacturers, and wind
tower components and blades.
Nearly $2.5 million
was invested in port infrastructure in 2016 including dredging and the
addition of stabilization stones to two berths, increasing the number of
docks capable of handling full Seaway draft vessels. To improve multimodal
connections, the port also replaced 2,000 feet of rail track and
rehabilitated three rail turnouts.
at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor generate nearly $4.9 billion per year in
economic activity and support more than 39,000 total jobs. The port
currently has 110 acres available for development.