The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor completed a landmark year in 2017 and is poised for significant future growth as a result of several historic developments, Ports of Indiana said in its latest announcement.
“We had a strong year in part because our world-class companies continue to drive new business through our port,” said Port Director Ian Hirt.
“Going forward, we plan to build on this success and make sure this port is well positioned for the future. The continued growth of general cargo shipments managed by our partners at Federal Marine Terminals, the addition of Metro Ports taking over our bulk cargo operations and our strong labor force are all critical elements in this port’s success.”
In 2017, the port was awarded a $9.85 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation that will supplement an approximately $20 million expansion, which includes the construction of two rail yards, a new shipping berth, a truck marshalling yard, a 1,200-foot dock expansion, and a new bulk cargo terminal with multimodal connections for handling transfers between ships, barges, rail cars, and trucks.
“This expansion will allow our current companies to continue to grow and help us attract new business for our port and the Northwest Indiana economy,” Hirt added.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled 2.8 million tons in 2017 completing the highest four-year total in the port’s history, a 27 percent increase over the previous four-year period.