Port of Indiana reports fourth consecutive month of increased shipments

[Sept. 12, 2013]

PORTAGE, Ind.  – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor reported a 28 percent increase in August shipments versus 2012 and an eight-month total that is 21 percent ahead of last year’s pace. The 2013 growth was driven by significant increases in shipments of coal, fertilizer, project cargo, grain and limestone.

“We have had four consecutive months of increased shipments going back to April,” said Rick Heimann, port director for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. “Orders from the local steel mills caused a significant increase in shipments of iron ore and rice hulls last month, which caused our July tonnage to be more than double what it was in 2012. While we have developed a diverse mix of cargoes at the port, being located in the steel capital of North America certainly has a tremendous impact on our ocean, lake and barge shipments.”

Construction is currently underway at the Port of Indiana on $1.7 million in infrastructure improvements, which includes a mainline rail reconstruction that is scheduled to be finished by the end of this month.

“Over the past three years, we have upgraded all of the mainline rail track throughout the port,” Heimann said. “Maintaining modern infrastructure and efficient multimodal transportation connections for heavy cargoes is very important to our port customers. The new rail track is heavier than current industry standards, which will provide increased capacity and durability for rail traffic at the port.”

About the Ports of Indiana
The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority system operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana operates as a business independent of state funding and contributes significantly to the growth of Indiana’s economy. For more information, visit www.portsofindiana.com.

Media Contact:
Heather Bunning – Public Affairs Manager

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