Ports of Indiana shipments up 10 percent in first nine months of 2017
Shipments during the first nine months of 2017 at the Ports of Indiana were up more than 10 percent compared to the same time period last year. Total tons handled reached over 8.1 million, the second-highest volume during the first three quarters of any year in the organization’s 56-year history. The growth was primarily due to increased shipments of coal, steel, fertilizer and ethanol.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled two million tons from January through September this year, recording not only the second-highest total for that nine-month time period, but also the second-highest September in the port’s history.
Overall shipments for the first three quarters of 2017 rose nearly 11 percent, while steel cargoes were up nearly 49 percent, oils up 40 percent and grains up nearly 14 percent, compared to last year.
Ship and barge traffic were both up 20 percent during the first three quarters. Shipments included Midwest soybeans headed to Spain and several vessels carrying oversized cargoes, such as windmill components and ICARUS, the world’s largest liquid argon particle hunter and the most valuable piece of cargo ever handled at the port. The multimillion-dollar instrument was shipped from Geneva, Switzerland, to Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.