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Indiana ports set records as cargo soars 25pc to 14.8 million tons

  31.01.2019    

Great Lake and barge Ports of Indiana, which include Burns Harbour, Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon, posted volume increases of 25 per cent year on year in 2018 to 14.8 million tons, reported the American Journal of Transportation.
This was the first time the Indianapolis-based Ports of Indiana set records in each quarter, and the fifth consecutive year that the it handled more than 10 million tons of cargo.
Key drivers in this record-breaking year included coal shipments (up 58 per cent from 2017), soy products (up 26 per cent) grain (up 17 per cent) and steel (up four per cent).
"We are so grateful for such an extraordinary year and fully appreciate what it took on behalf of all our port businesses and employees to achieve this kind of highwater mark," said Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta Coda.
"Each of our ports does exceedingly well manufacturing the products essential for modern life and moving food products for the world," said Mr Coda, whose authority runs ports on the Ohio River and lake Michigan.
"Our essential multimodal connections provide companies access to water, rail and road, and provide critical avenues for businesses to meet market demands and remain globally competitive," he said.
The Burns Harbour and Jeffersonville collectively shipped more than two million tons of steel, which is each port's largest commodity. Mount Vernon, which has been breaking volume records for the past four years, handled 61 per cent more coal this year than it did it 2017, and experienced increased shipments in ethanol, soy products and dried distillers grain.



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