Posts Tagged ‘Port of Indiana’

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.

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Indiana Port Sets Quarterly Record

February 7, 2017

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon has reported handling a record 2.5 million tons of cargo during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Ports of IndianaThat broke the record set in the fourth quarter of 2014. In a news release, the port said its fourth quarter 2016 volume was 44 percent higher than the previous record and is the highest quarterly volume for any port in Ports of Indiana history.

During 2016, the port handled 6.4 million tons of cargo, an increase of 34 percent from its previous five-year average and its second highest annual tonnage following the record 6.6 million tons in 2015.

The principal cargoes handled in 2016 were coal, grain, soy products, ethanol, dried distiller grains, minerals and fertilizer.

Salt shipments rose 32 percent, while talc and barite — two minerals used in the manufacturing of plastics and other products —were up a combined 23 percent.

In another development, two port companies announced or completed major expansions in 2016.

Consolidated Grain and Barge said it would invest more than $31 million to increase its soybean processing capabilities.

Valero Renewable Fuels, a producer of ethanol and a subsidiary of Valero Energy, completed a multi-million dollar project that provided new corn receiving equipment and a new distiller grain dryer system.

Grain Firm Expanding Indiana Soybean Plant

October 6, 2016

A $31 million expansion of a soybean facility in southwest Indiana will shortly get underway.

Ports of IndianaConsolidated Grain and Barge Company plans to expand a facility it operates at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon.

The facility was built in 1997 and is CG&B’s only soybean processing operation.

DC&B said in a news release that the facility’s strategic location offers multiple logistic options, including inbound and outbound barge, rail and truck transportation and outbound container shipping.

The Evansville Western Railway provides rail service to the facility and interchanges with four Class 1 railroads.

After the plant’s initial construction, it began processing 65,000 bushels of soybeans each day into soybean meal, soybean oil and soy hull pellets for food and industrial uses. Since then, the company said it has continued to increase the plant’s capacity.

The planned expansion will more than double the original size of the Mount Vernon facility.

“The soybean processing industry is very competitive, and this investment will allow us to remain competitive in the future,” said Steve O’Nan, senior vice president of CGB in a statement.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered CGB up to $45,000 in conditional tax credits while Posey County has approved additional incentives.

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.”

Indiana Port Sets Volume Record in 2014

January 16, 2015

The port at Burns Harbor, Ind., has reported that in 2014 it handled its highest annual volume since the facility opened in 1970. Total tonnage handled rose 30 percent over 2013 levels. Port officials said the increase was driven by shipments of steel, grain and salt.

The port also saw a 35 percent increase in ocean vessels and a nearly 25 percent increase in river barges moving through the Illinois/Mississippi river system.

“Steel going into the manufacturing sector was a key driver for the increase in port shipments,” said Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Rich Cooper in a news release. “In 2013, the port handled its highest steel volume since 2006, and 2014’s steel tonnage more than doubled the previous year’s total.”

Norfolk Southern offers direct service to all sites on the port’s property. The port also offers interchange with 15 other railroads in Chicago.

Port officials said that the port is located at the intersection of two of the world’s busiest waterways and that all of the nation’s Class Is provide competitive advantages for multimodal companies who locate at the Burns Harbor facility.