Posts Tagged ‘Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor’

Indiana Port Lauded for Clean Air Efforts

August 18, 2021

The Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor has been recognized by Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air as one of the region’s top air quality leaders.

The port was one of four recipients recognized for voluntary actions taken to improve air quality during 2021. 

It received funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development’s grant program to add an all-electric security vehicle to its operations in Burns Harbor.

Another grant awarded through the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grant program was used for the installation of an electric vehicle charging station.

All three of the Ports of Indiana’s three locations again received the Green Marine certification in 2020, the first state-wide port authority to achieve such distinction.

Green Marine is an environmental certification program for North America’s maritime transportation industry.

Grant Will Help Indiana Port Build Warehouse

October 28, 2020

A $4 million federal grant has been awarded to the Ports of Indiana to be used to convert a vacant gravel yard into a multimodal storage facility at Burns Harbor.

The project calls for building a 84,000-square-foot warehouse on a 1.64-acre storage pad in the east harbor arm.

Bids for the work are expected to be solicited in early 2022 with constructions starting in the spring of that year.

In a news release, the ports said the warehouse will be used to store freight and to reduce transportation and maintenance costs, and environmental impacts.

The grant is being awarded through the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.

The Burns Harbor facility is served by Norfolk Southern and the Indiana Harbor Belt.

Burns Harbor Port Had Banner Year

March 9, 2018

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor said this week that it posted an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, making for the fourth highest four-year total in its history.

The Port said that represented a 27 percent increase over the previous four year period.

Among the commodities handled by the Port were limestone, steel-related products and heavy lift/project cargoes, such as refinery tanks, laboratory equipment and windmill components.

Port officials said the most valuable shipment handled was ICARUS, the world’s largest liquid argon particle hunter. It was unloaded from an ocean vessel last July.

In a news release, the Port described 2017 as a landmark year that also included doubling the size of its bulk terminal, attracting a nationally-known stevedore, and announcing a $20 million expansion.

Norfolk Southern and the Indiana Harbor Belt provide rail service to the port.

Burns Harbor Port Gets FASTLANE Grant

November 2, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor a $9.85 million FASTLANE grant that will be used to fund port expansion.

The grant is part of the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program, now known as the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.

The Port said the money will be used to fund a $19.7 million expansion aimed at increasing the port’s cargo handling capacity and multimodal capabilities.

The expansion will include the construction of a 2.3-acre cargo terminal with multimodal connections for handling cargo transfers between ships, barges, rail cars and trucks.

In addition, 4.4 miles will be added to the port’s existing 14-mile rail network. Two new yards will create storage for 165 rail cars, accommodate a 90-car unit train and provide rail-car switching within the port.

Ports of Indiana to Benefit From DOT Grant

August 8, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed nearly $79 million in grants for freight-related rail, port and roadway infrastructure projects under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

One of those grants would involve $9.85 million to the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor for enhanced intermodal facilities with rail and truck marshaling yards projects.

Once completed, the project would allow the Ports of Indiana to increase its cargo-handling capacity.

The project includes construction of a new 2.3-acre bulk berth facility, a truck-barge-truck conveyer system, a new westside rail yard and new rail connection that will connect the port’s main terminal with the new rail yard; dockside improvements, and construction of a truck marshaling yard.

DOT sent a notice to Congress on Aug. 2, thereby starting a 60-day period during which Congress could vote to disapprove the proposed projects if it finds a project objectionable.

The proposed awards would be distributed under the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies grant program, which the Trump administration now refers to as the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.

DOT is accepting applications until Nov. 2 for fiscal year 2017 large projects and FY2018 large and small projects under the INFRA grants program.

Metro Ports New Burns Harbor Operator

June 22, 2017

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has announced that Metropolitan Stevedore Company will become its new bulk terminal operator effective July 1.

Metro Ports will manage the loading and unloading of shipments along the port’s East Harbor for port tenants and outside shippers of bulk cargo, including products for steel making, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and construction.

“Having a 165-year-old company like Metro Ports select Indiana to launch its Great Lakes operations is a tribute to our state’s business climate and our extremely successful port system,” said Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Rich Cooper in a news release.

Among the commodities handled at the port are aggregates, potash, coke, coal, cement, fertilizer, borax, bauxite, RoRo, military, steel, wind energy, yachts and project cargo.

Norfolk Southern provides rail service to the port.

Ocean Vessels Reaching Inland Ports

April 20, 2017

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor said it received its first ocean-going vessel of the season last week to mark the start of the international shipping season.

Nearly 900 tons of wind turbine sections arrived at the port from Marin, Spain, aboard the general cargo carrier BBC Mont Blanc.

In a news release, the port said stevedore Federal Marine Terminals and workers from the International Longshoreman’s Association and International Union of Operating Engineers unloaded the components, which will be transported to a wind farm in Illinois.

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened its locks to ocean vessels for the 59th navigation season on March 20 after closing in late December 2016.

Burns Harbor Handled 2.6M Tons in 2016

February 11, 2017

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor said this week that it handled 2.6 million tons of cargo last year, making 2016 the port’s third highest tonnage year in the past decade.

Ports of IndianaIn a news release the port said that major cargoes handled included steel, limestone, carbon products, grain and iron ore. Grain shipments soared 57 percent, while coal shipments climbed 11 percent.

The port also reported an increase in heavy-lift cargoes, saying that large-dimensional cargoes rose 25 percent last year.

These included multiple large cranes and containers of crane components from Europe, storage tanks and wind tower components and blades.

During the past year, Ratner Steel Supply Company said it would add 100,000 square feet to load and unload steel shipments at the port. That $8 million investment is expected to be finished in March.

The port said that during 2016 it invested nearly $2.5 million in infrastructure, including dredging and adding stabilization stones to two berths to increase the number of docks capable of handling full Seaway draft vessels.

Other capital improvements included replacing 2,000 feet of rail and rebuilding three switches. The port is served by Norfolk Southern.

Indiana, Quebec Port Authorities Form Marketing Partnership to Identify Potential New Markets

October 18, 2016

The Ports of Indiana and a port agency in Canada have formed a marketing partnership that will study the potential for new markets.

Ports of IndianaThe agreement with the Port of Troise-Rivieres in Quebec will seek to identify supply-chain connections between their facilities, port officials said in a news release.

The port authorities said the latest initiative is an extension of a partnership that Indiana and Quebec formed in 2015.

“Our ports share an entrepreneurial approach to new business development and a determined focus for providing logistics solutions for bulk and break-bulk shipments on our waterways,” said Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Rich Cooper.

Located on the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City the Port of Troise-Rivieres is open year-round to ocean vessels.

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor provides multimodal connections to the Chicago and Northwest Indiana markets as well as offering year-round shipments via the 12,500-mile inland river system that connects to 20 states and the Gulf of Mexico.

Burns Harbor Tonnage 2nd Best Since 1994

February 9, 2016

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled 2.8 million tons of cargo last year for its second-highest annual volume since 1994.

Although the 2015 figure fell below the record set in 2014, highlights included increased shipments of heavy-lift project cargoes (up 96 percent), carbon products (up 37 percent), limestone (up nearly 12 percent) and oils (up 72 percent).

Ports of Indiana“Our port continues to be a major inland hub for heavy-lift cargoes as our terminal operators handled nearly double the number of large dimensional shipments during 2015 over the previous year,” said Port Director Rick Heimann in a news release. “The port has received multiple shipments for regional breweries in recent years, including 36 beer fermentation tanks in 2015.”

Port officials said that steel shipments last year were not as strong as they had been in 2014 but were still “well ahead of the five-year average.”

“We continue to look for new opportunities to grow and diversify our product mix to withstand market swings and further improve our business,” Heimann said. “Nearly $2 million was invested in port infrastructure in 2015 to increase cargo-handling capacity and improve multimodal connections for our port companies.”