Ports of Indiana

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is designed to quickly and efficiently transport products by truck, rail, barge or ship. Every year, approximately 100 ships, 400 barges, 300,000 trucks, 12,000 railcars and 200 laker vessels move cargo through the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

Maritime Advantages:

  • Harbor provides 5,500 feet of ship and barge berths, Seaway draft and 1,600-foot diameter turning basin for large vessels
  • One 1,000-foot Great Lakes ship can move the equivalent of 2,300 truckloads of cargo
  • One towboat with 15 barges can haul 1,000 truckloads of cargo
  • Waterborne shipping uses less fuel and emits fewer emissions than truck and rail

Major Cargoes at the Port

  • Steel Coils
  • Ingots
  • Finished Steel
  • Scrap Steel
  • Super Sacks
  • Grain
  • Soybeans
  • Slag
  • Dry Fertilizer
  • Coal
  • Salt
  • Vehicles
  • Steel Slabs
  • Billets
  • Limestone
  • Asphalt
  • Project Cargo
  • Containers
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Minerals
  • Liquid Fertilizer
  • Coke
  • Oversized Equipment

Multimodal Connections


All ocean carriers serving the Great Lakes call on the port, including:

  • BBC Chartering, Leer, Germany
  • Canadian Forest Navigation – Montreal
  • Columbia Ship Mgmt., Limassol, Cyprus
  • Fednav Ltd., Montreal Canada
  • Jumbo Shipping Co., Geneva, Switzerland
  • Kahn Shipping Ltd., Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Polsteam, Szczecin, Poland
  • SAL Heavy Lift – Houston
  • Thorco Projects – Copenhagen
  • United Heavy Lift – Hamburg
  • Wagenborg Shipping, Delfzul, Netherlands

The port receives interlake service by:

  • Algoma Central
  • American Steamship Co.
  • Calumet River Fleeting
  • Canada Steamship Line
  • Central Marine Logistics
  • Grand River Navigation Co
  • Groupe Desgagnes
  • Interlake Steamship Co.
  • Lower Lakes Shipping
  • McKeil Marine
  • Pere Marquette Shipping Co.
  • VanEnkevort Tug & Barge


Towing companies that deliver barges to the port include:

  • American Commercial Barge Line
  • AEP
  • Alter
  • Calumet River
  • Ingram
  • SCF Marine

Fleeting provided by:

  • Calumet River Fleeting
  • Kindra Lake Towing


There are over seven miles of rail tracks at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Norfolk Southern directly serves the port with connectivity to all Class I railroads. Norfolk Southern has a major rail yard outside the port and provides rail switching seven days per week.


The port has direct highway access to I-80, I-90, I-94, I-65, I-57, Indiana 12, Indiana 20 and the Michigan Train Truck Corridor. The Michigan Train Truck Corridor has a 134,000-pound load limit for double trailers.


There are four airports within 60 miles of the port. Regional, national and international flights are available at Chicago Midway International (45 miles from the port) and O’Hare International (60 miles away). Porter County Regional Airport (20 miles from the port) and Gary/Chicago International Airport (14 miles from the port) serve corporate and private aircraft. Gary/Chicago International Airport can also accommodate a variety of cargo aircraft.

Cargo Handling

General Cargo

Federal Marine Terminals
A subsidiary of Fednav Ltd., Federal Marine Terminals (FMT) is an industry leader in marine terminal operations and serves as the general cargo stevedore at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Commodities handled include steel, forest products, heavy-lift cargo, containers as well as other breakbulk cargoes. The facility includes four berths, 217,000 square feet of warehouse space and 27 acres of open storage. Equipment includes three cranes with capacities up to 185 tons, forklifts with capacities up to 100,000 pounds, steel slab magnets, a scrap magnet, a container handler, a truck scale and a Ro-Ro ramp.

Bulk Cargo

Metro Ports 
Metro Ports specializes in handling virtually all bulk commodities including furnace coke, coal, fertilizer, limestone, magnesite and grains. The company has 120,000 square feet of indoor storage capacity distributed between two buildings as well as nine acres for outdoor storage. Equipment includes a variety of front-end loaders, material handling machines and conveyors. Metropolitan Stevedore Co. was established in 1923 in Southern California with business roots dating back to the 1850s Gold Rush era through its original San Francisco parent corporation, California Stevedore and Ballast Co. Metro Ports operates at 27 ports on the East, West and Gulf Coasts in 10 states and is the brand name for the various key operating companies of Long Beach, Calif.-based Nautilus International Holding Corp.


Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Cargill’s Burns Harbor facility has a 2,400-foot berth and is primarily used for exporting grain and agricultural products. Commodities handled include dry fertilizers, clay, salt, corn, soybeans, flaxseed, animal feed, grain mill products, flour and processed grains.

Storage Facilities

The facilities at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor include:

  • 125,000 tons of liquid storage capacity (Tanco Terminals)
  • 90,000 square feet inside storage for bulk cargo
  • 60,000 square feet of covered bulk facilities
  • 330,000 square feet of general cargo storage in four on-dock warehouses
  • Climate controlled storage space
  • 55 acres paved lay-down storage area for bulk and general cargo

Foreign-Trade Zone #152

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is designated as a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ #152) and can offer benefits to businesses that import goods by delaying or reducing duty payments on certain products. FTZs provide businesses with special international trade-related advantages to better compete in global markets. Find out more about Foreign-Trade Zones in Business Services.