Jan. 21, 2015
Steel Shipments Spur Record Year for Burns Harbor Port
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970. Total tonnage was up 30 percent over 2013, driven by strong shipments of steel, grain and salt.
"It was a terrific year thanks to our port companies, steelmakers and businesses that use our port," says Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana.
The port also saw a 35 percent increase in ocean vessels over 2013 and nearly a 25 percent increase in river barges moving through the Illinois/Mississippi river system.
"Steel going into the manufacturing sector was a key driver for the increase in port shipments," says Port Director Rick Heimann. "In 2013, the port handled its highest steel volume since 2006, and 2014's steel tonnage more than doubled the previous year's total. The port also handled over 500 barges in 2014 for the first time in several years."