nearly 5.7 million tons and grew by 19 percent at the Ports of Indiana
during the first six months of 2017 compared to the year-ago period.
That volume is the
second highest ever for the first half of any year in the organization's
In a statement
released this week, the Ports attributed that growth mostly to increased
shipments of coal, ethanol, fertilizer, minerals, and steel.
The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor handled over 1 million tons over the first half of 2017
with increases in shipments of heavy-lift cargoes, steel, coal, and oils.
Ship traffic through the port was up 14 percent over the same period last
year and carried several large-dimensional cargoes, including wind tower
sections from Spain and Brazil as well as the world's largest liquid argon
particle hunter, dubbed “ICARUS.”
ICARUS is the size
of two semi-trucks and is used by particle physicists to study neutrinos,
subatomic particles that are smaller than any other known particle. ICARUS
left the CERN physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 10, arrived
at the Burns Harbor port on July 11, and then was trucked the last 80 miles
to its final destination in the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. on July 26.
Tonnages at the
Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon rose nearly 38 percent over the year-ago, while
the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled nearly 1.2 million tons of cargo
and is on track for a fourth-consecutive year of exceeding two million tons.