Cargo numbers at Port of Milwaukee reflect busy 2016 shipping season

The Port of Milwaukee saw 274 vessel visits in 2016 making it another busy shipping season at one of Lake Michigan’s top commercial ports. A total of 2.4 million metric tons of cargo moved through the Port of Milwaukee in 2016, a somewhat smaller volume than the previous year. The lower numbers are attributable to a decline in deliveries of deicing salt because of a mild season last winter. Salt is the largest commodity handled at the port.

Grain volume grew significantly last year with increasing activity at Nidera’s private dock in the port’s Inner Harbor. The tonnage of raw material used in manufacturing was also up in 2016.

Milwaukee saw an increase of more than 50 percent in the amount of cargo that moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2016. The total of approximately 447,000 metric tons included notably high volumes of steel and outbound agricultural products.

“While a variety of factors affect the quantity of grain shipped overseas from Milwaukee, in 2016 we saw multiple occasions when an arriving ship brought raw material for manufacturing and left with Wisconsin-grown grain headed for foreign destinations,” Milwaukee Port Director Paul Vornholt said. “That synergy adds efficiency and cost savings for port users.”

Maritime Editorial