2 Indiana Ports Set 2015 Records

Two Indiana ports reported record shipping levels in 2015, the Ports of Indiana said.

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled more than 6.6 million tons, a 36 percent increase over the 2014 mark and a 30 percent increase over the previous record set in 1994.

Ports of IndianaMount Vernon also saw the highest annual increase in total tons handled at the port.

Most of the shipments were coal, agricultural products, steel and other bulk commodities.

During 2015, 3,600 barges 37,000 rail cars and 160,000 trucks used the port.

The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville set an annual record in 2015 with 2.8 million tons, an increase of nearly 16 percent over 2014. Much of the traffic was agriculture and steel products.

During 2015, Jeffersonville handled 1,300 barges, 17,000 rail cars and 180,000 trucks.

The Jeffersonville port will use a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund a $17 million intermodal project.

The port last yer broke ground on a $30 million transportation corridor that will link the port to the River Ridge Commerce Center’s industrial park.

The projects will expand the port’s rail and bulk-loading capacity, said Port Director Scott Stewart.

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