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Port of Cleveland Wins $3M USDOT Grant

December 29, 2021

The Port of Cleveland will receive a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A USDOT fact sheet said the port will use the funding to conduct a comprehensive planning study that will address cargo handling, environmental, and economic development needs, in addition to regional-level planning goals.

The six components of the study will include a market analysis, a terminal capacity analysis, an intermodal connection assessment, a plan for port de-carbonization, a coastal resilience plan, and a regional-level cargo capability study.

The port is overseen by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

The Cleveland port is one of 25 receiving grants from the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program

A USDOT news release said the ports are sharing $241 million in grant funding for fiscal year 2021.

The three-year-old PIDP program providing grants to port facility for freight infrastructure improvements that boost capacity and efficiency.

Other ports receiving grants are located in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

Tell City, Indiana, will receive $1.6 million for the Ohio River Pier Project to fund fund construction of a 40-foot diameter pier for a crane that will be used for direct barge-to-truck unloading of cargo. The pier design will allow the crane to operate regardless of water levels.

In Paducah, Kentucky, the Bulk Yard Infrastructure Revitalization and Expansion Project will receive $3,3 million for several related infrastructure improvements at the port.

The improvements modernize the port’s material handling equipment, repair damaged facilities, and upgrade site conditions in the port’s Bulk Yard.

In Alpena, Michigan, $3.7 million was awarded to the city which is partnering with Lafarge Alpena to upgrade and modernize that company’s port and landside shipping facilities to meet the increasing demand for the plant’s construction products.

Project improvements include berth dredging to increase the water depths within the port basin to satisfy larger vessels, stone dock demolition to increase the overall area for vessels to access the site, new mooring dolphins, the addition of a roof for a storage building, demolition of a storage building, and maritime security upgrades.

In Marquette, Michigan, $1.6 million was awarded for a project to improve  port infrastructure, dredge encroaching sediment to protect port infrastructure, and deposit dredge materials on shore to enhance coastal restoration and protect road infrastructure at the Port of Marquette.

Great Lakes Cruise Ship Sailings Plunging

May 11, 2020

Cruise ships on the Great Lakes stopping in Cleveland are expected to be far fewer in number this summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victory Cruise Lines recently said it had canceled more than half of its sailings this summer and has moved some ships out of the region.

The Port of Cleveland said it is now scheduled to see 12 sailings this year stop for day-long stays once cruises resume sailing in July.

However that is far fewer than the 41 stops originally planned for this year.

Victory, which operates the most Great Lakes cruises, said more cancellations are possible depending on whether U.S. and Canadian coronavirus-related cruise restrictions on cruise ships are lifted by July.

The cruise company usually operates two ships on the Great Lakes between May and October.

Cruise ships grabbed headlines earlier this spring after some ships became coronavious hot spots.

One ships had to hover off the coast of Florida because officials initially refused to allow it to dock there and unload passengers.

Like the demand for air travel, bookings for cruises have dropped dramatically around the world during the pandemic.

Aside from Victory, Steamboat Company also has two ships that make Great Lakes cruises that stop in Cleveland.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed a no sail order in April for 100 days. A similar order was issued by Canada.

Cruise passengers disembarking in Cleveland typically are offered a ride around the city on Lolly the Trolley, spend time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market, and other attractions.

It is unclear how many of those will be open in July when the cruise season on the Great Lakes is now slated to begin.

The Rock Hall and art museum have been closed for an undetermined period of time.

The average cruise passenger in Cleveland spends about $150 a day and if the rest of the cruise season is canceled that would mean a loss of $1.2 million.

Assuming that cruises are able to operate in 2021, the Port of Cleveland expects 50 cruise ship stops. Before the pandemic cruise companies were expanding their sailings on the Great Lakes.

OmniTRAX to Acquire Cleveland Commercial

August 28, 2019

The Cleveland Commercial Railroad is being acquired by OmniTRAX in a deal expected to close this week.

The sale price was not disclosed. As part of the transaction, the CCR will be renamed the Cleveland & Cuyahoga Railway while the CCR’s subsidiary Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad will become the Cleveland Port Railway.

The CCR operates on 35 miles of former Wheeling & Lake Erie and Norfolk Southern (Erie Railroad) track on the southeast side of Cleveland while CHB handles switching at the Port of Cleveland facilities on Lake Erie.

Primary commodities handled by the two short lines are steel, scrap metals, grain and chemicals. The CCR interchanges with NS and the W&LE while CHB interchanges with NS and CSX.

OmniTRAX already operates the Newburgh & South Shore Railroad in Cleveland. It also operates the Northern Ohio & Western Railway near Toledo.

“We look forward to working with the Port of Cleveland and are confident our partnership will lead to significant growth in both marine and rail activity,” said OmniTrax CEO Kevin Shuba in a statement.

“We expect the partnership with the Port of Cleveland will be another example of the success OmniTRAX and its partners have achieved when rail and maritime work together.”

David Gutheil, chief commercial officer at the Port of Cleveland said his agency will work with OmniTRAX to build on-dock rail business.

Port of Cleveland Ranks High in Service Survey

September 30, 2014

The Port of Cleveland recently ranked the highest among Great Lakes ports for customer satisfaction and performance excellence in Logistics Management magazine’s annual Quest for Quality Awards program.

The magazine evaluates ports in the categories of ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations.

Port authorities said in a news release that the awards are regarded in the transportation and logistics industry as the most credible measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence.

The port cited a recent move of a 114-metric-ton transformer as an example of the type of business that it has been able to perform.

Great Lakes Towing Co. completed the ntermodal short-sea barge move using the Port of Cleveland’s rail loop and its switching carrier, the Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad. Norfolk Southern delivered a car carrying the transformer, which then moved via a rail loop to a port dock.

The cargo then was transferred to a barge and towed to a DTE Energy Electric Co. facility. The loop, which opened in September 2012, connects the port to NS and CSX.

When it became operational, port officials hoped it would attract a larger customer base that could take advantage of rail and water logistics, and extend the port’s reach to the Midwest.

“This rail and water logistics movement is an example of the port’s ability to provide seamless logistics transfers in Cleveland, making shipping more cost effective,” port officials said.

“We added more than a mile of rail track to enhance the interface with Norfolk Southern and CSX, and we launched our own liner service to Europe through a charter agreement with Amsterdam-based carrier Spliethoff Group,” said Port of Cleveland Chief Executive Officer Will Friedman.