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Port Report: Burns Harbor Shipments Up, Infrastructure Expansion Planned

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Port Of IndianaThe Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor reports that through the first nine months of 2017 it has shipped over two million tons of cargo.

It’s looking like 2017 is another good year for all three of Indiana’s ports, with more than 8.1 million tons of cargo shipped. Focusing on the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor, the only one in Northern Indiana, that two million tons shipped marks the second highest total over that nine month time period ever. Compared to the same period last year, shipments are up 11 percent overall; responsible for that increase is a nearly 49 percent increase in steel and a 40 percent increase in oil shipped. The port reports nearly 20 percent higher ship traffic as well.

Even while up compared to last year, that’s just another mark in a trend of increasing activity over the last three years of record-breaking shipping totals. Perhaps with that in mind, federal funding has now been approved to cover half the cost of a $19.7 million infrastructure expansion specifically at the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor.

Plans call for adding more rail line, two new rail yards, more dock and truck marshalling space and constructing a 2.3 acre multimodal cargo terminal. According to Indiana Governor Holcomb, “This new investment will not only improve the region’s economic vitality, but also the international competitiveness of our entire state.

The port at Burns Harbor is credited with $4.9 billion in economic impact for the state annually, and supports over 39,000 jobs. Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper reports these improvements will give new options for operations that use water to move cargo. “Strategic investments in port infrastructure produce a foundation for long-term growth, bring a positive economic impact to the area and support trade throughout the state,” Cooper said.

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