Shipments during the first nine months of 2017 at the Ports of Indiana were up more than 10% 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 organisation’s 56-year history. The growth was primarily due to increased shipments of coal, steel, fertiliser and ethanol.
The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon’s volume for the first nine months of 2017 rose to over 4.5 million tons, up 15% versus 2016 figures and the second highest ever at the port for that time period. The port is on track for a third-consecutive year of exceeding 6 million tons. Coal and ethanol shipments have remained strong and were up 31 and 34%, respectively, compared to last year. There were also significant increases in shipments of salt (54%), fertiliser (49%) and minerals (32%).
Shipments at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville for the first three quarters of the year reached over 1.6 million tons and remain strong, driven, in part, by auto- and construction-related steel processing. In September, the port’s ‘steel campus’ celebrated the opening of POSCO, the world’s fifth largest steelmaker. The nine-month tonnage for 2017 was 9% higher than the previous five-year average and the port continues to track towards a fourth-consecutive year of handling in excess of two million tons of cargo.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbour 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% while steel cargoes were up nearly 49%, oils up 40% and grains up nearly 14%, compared to last year. Ship and barge traffic were both up 20% during the first three quarters.