Ports of Indiana shipments up 19% in first six months of 2017
Coal increases and world’s largest liquid argon particle hunter highlight mid-year cargoes


INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 1, 2017) – Shipments reached nearly 5.7 million tons and grew by 19 percent at the Ports of Indiana during the first six months of 2017 compared to the same time period last year. This was the second highest volume during the first two quarters of any year in the organization’s history. The growth was primarily due to increased shipments of coal, ethanol, fertilizer, minerals and steel.

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon’s tonnages rose nearly 38 percent over 2016 figures to 3.4 million tons. During the first half of the year, coal shipments through Alliance Coal’s Mount Vernon Transfer Terminal were up more than 76 percent while ethanol tonnages increased 39 percent helped in part by Valero Renewable Fuels completing a multi-million dollar port project that improved plant efficiency. The port’s fertilizer shipments have more than doubled so far this year due to strong demand during the spring planting season. Mineral shipments increased nearly 47 percent.

The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled nearly 1.2 million tons of cargo during the first six months of the year and is on track for a fourth-consecutive year of exceeding two million tons. Continued demand in the U.S. auto industry has helped keep steel shipments on pace with 2016, which finished with the second highest total in port history. The port has 27 companies on site that provide processing, handling and logistics services for a wide variety of industrial cargoes, including steel, aluminum, lubricants or plastic for the top six U.S. automakers. Shipments of oils were up nearly 26 percent and grain tonnages rose over six percent.

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled over one million tons with increases in shipments of heavy-lift cargoes, steel, coal and oils. Ship traffic through the port was up 14 percent over the same period last year and carried several large-dimensional cargoes, including wind tower sections from Spain and Brazil as well as the world’s largest liquid argon particle hunter, called “ICARUS.” ICARUS is the size of two semi-trucks and is used by particle physicists to study neutrinos, subatomic particles that are smaller than any other known particle. ICARUS left the CERN physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 10, arrived at the Burns Harbor port on July 11 and then was trucked the last 80 miles to its final destination in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. on July 26. ICARUS has been tracked by people from around the world via Twitter since December 2014 and during the last two months of the 4,700-mile trip, the hashtag #IcarusTrip, recorded nearly 1,500 tweets.

About the Ports of Indiana: The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. Information: portsofindiana.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PortsofIndiana.


Media contact: Rich Allen, 317.232.9204,


July 27, 2017

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They are looking for candidates to lead crews and manage their current mobile barge cleaning operations throughout the Major River Networks and Gulf Ports of America.
Prior experience working in a commercial marine environment is preferred. Associates Degree in HS&E, Applied Process Technology or similar degree is preferred. The individual must be able to wear a respirator and work in confined spaces such as tank barge compartments and be physically fit enough to pull heavy lines/hoses, lift, carry heavy items, kneel while painting, climb onto barges and up and down ladders, and bending and twisting during boat/barge tie up. The position is shift-work, subject to call-outs, work in inclement weather, and overtime work as necessary.

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EMS provides environmental, fixed and mobile cleaning services to customers in the transportation and manufacturing sectors. The company maintains railcar cleaning operations in Houston and San Antonio, TX, and East Camden, AR, and at terminals operated by Arrow Material Services. EMS is a subsidiary of Arrow Material Services (an IRPT Member), who is a leading provider of logistics, processing, terminal operations, transloading and storage services across the U.S., offering superior solutions to customers in a wide range of industries.



July 19, 2017

Little Rock Port Authority Reports June Shipping

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  (July 19, 2017) – June saw a return to strong activity at the Port of Little Rock.  Logistic Services Inc. (LSI), the Port’s stevedore, handled 42 barges with over 64,000 net tons of cargo during the month.  The main dock was busier as LSI worked 25 barges with over 37,000 net tons.  The slackwater harbor dock handled 27,000 tons from 17 barges.

Bulk commodities including nepheline syenite, potash, rock, sand, urea and wetcake accounted for 59% of the handled tonnage as break-bulk commodities including aluminum ingots and tee bars, steel coils, and wire rod coils.

Through the first five months of the year LSI has worked 230 barges with over 307,000 net tons of cargo loaded or unloaded on the docks. Total tonnage on the MKARNS for the month of June was 1,049,332 tons.

“Barge activity on the Arkansas River remains steady and offers affordable transportation alternatives to local industry.” said Bryan Day, Executive Director of the Little Rock Port Authority.  “As America begins to reshore industries from around the globe, the inland river system will provide a safe efficient way to move cargo.  The Port of Little Rock is ready to embrace these opportunities and grow jobs for the community,” continued Day.



About the Little Rock Port

The Port of Little Rock was established in 1959 by state-enabling legislation.  The City of Little Rock Board of Directors and citizens then approved a bond issue to buy the original land for the Port’s industrial park.

Adjacent to I-440, connecting to I-30 and I-40, the Little Rock Port Authority is a unique intermodal transportation center featuring a 2,640-acre industrial park, two full-service river terminals, its own switching railroad and the Slackwater Harbor on the 448-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs from the Mississippi River northwest to 15 miles east of Tulsa. The Port is designated as a U.S. Customs Point of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone 14.



Executives from Ports of Indiana and Metro Ports celebrate grand opening of bulk terminal 

PORTAGE, Ind. (July 18, 2017) – Executives from the Ports of Indiana and Metro Ports, the country’s oldest stevedoring company, celebrated the grand opening today of the new bulk terminal facility at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.  Metro Ports is now managing the loading and unloading of shipments along the port’s East Harbor for port tenants and outside companies shipping bulk cargoes, including products for the steelmaking, agricultural, manufacturing, energy and construction industries.

Metro Ports is the brand used to collectively identify stevedoring affiliates of Metropolitan Stevedore Co. and its parent company, Nautilus International Holding Corp., both based in Long Beach, Calif. The company’s roots date back to 1852 when its original parent corporation, California Stevedore and Ballast Co., was established during the Gold Rush era, and it has maintained continuous family ownership for 165 years. Metro Ports operates at 27 U.S. ports on the East, West and Gulf Coasts in 10 states.

Metro Ports handles a wide range of bulk and breakbulk cargoes around the country, including aggregates, potash, coke, coal, cement, fertilizer, borax, bauxite, RoRo, military, steel, wind energy, yachts and project cargo.

In 2016, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled nearly 2.6 million tons of cargo, completing the highest three-year total in the port’s history. In addition, the Ports of Indiana invested nearly $2.5 million into port infrastructure, including dredging and stabilization of two ship berths to increase dock capacity for handling Seaway draft vessels as well as replacement of 2,000 feet of rail track and rehabilitation of multiple rail turnouts. Additional investments are planned by the Ports of Indiana and Metro Ports to upgrade the bulk terminal to increase the port’s throughput capacity.

Maritime operations at the port generate nearly $4.9 billion per year in economic activity and support more than 39,000 total jobs. The port currently has 110 acres available for development and is home to 30 companies that provide a range of advanced manufacturing and logistics services.

About the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor:  The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened in 1970 and is operated by Ports of Indiana, a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. Information: portsofindiana.com

About Metro Ports:  Metropolitan Stevedore Co. was established in 1923 in Southern California and with business roots dating back to the 1850s Gold Rush era through its original San Francisco parent corporation, California Stevedore and Ballast Co. Through the years, Metropolitan Stevedore Co. became known as Metro so in 2008 the decision was made to use Metro Ports as the new brand for the various key operating companies of Long Beach, Calif.-based Nautilus International Holding Corp. Those key companies included Metropolitan Stevedore Co., Southeast Crescent Shipping Co., Suderman Contracting Stevedores, Inc., Southeast Maritime Services LLC (which holds the Savannah International Terminal), and Cape Fear Bulk LLC.

Nautilus International Holding Corp., headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., maintains oversight of various subsidiary companies concentrating in stevedoring, terminal operations, agency, logistics and risk management. The companies of Nautilus International Holding Corp. excel in providing outstanding services to various market segments. These subsidiaries include Metro Ports, a contract stevedoring and marine terminal operator specializing in dry and liquid bulk materials, breakbulk cargoes, forest products, wind energy, and a variety of other marine cargoes; Metro Cruise Services LLC and Metro Shore Services LLC, which jointly provide a full suite of services to the passenger cruise industry; and Metro Risk Management LLC, which specializes in claims administration and other risk management services. Information: metroports.com, metrocruiseservices.com, nautilusintl.com.



Media Contact: Rich Allen, Ports of Indiana, 317.232.9204, rallen@portsofindiana.com



For Release Friday, May 5, 2017 For more information, Jeff Fleming (414-286-8580) Port Milwaukee Unveils Its New Image;Port New Logo Release 4 New Logo and Name Highlight Milwaukee’s Connection to the World Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett publicly shared Port Milwaukee’s new logo Friday morning with the presentation of signs outside the Port’s offices. The new name, logo, and tag line are intended to project a contemporary image that highlights the Port’s role in domestic and international transportation. With its high quality rail service, direct interstate highway access, and regularly scheduled international shipping service via the St. Lawrence Seaway, Port Milwaukee is uniquely positioned to serve the regional economy. “Port Milwaukee adds efficiency, reliability, and flexibility to the transportation system, and we connect businesses throughout our region to markets across North America and around the world,” Mayor Barrett said. “With our new name and logo, we are reinforcing the importance of Port Milwaukee to our hometown.” In the new logo, the streamlined name, “Port Milwaukee” is presented in a modern typeface in the colors of green and blue. A stylized globe and the tagline “Connecting to the World” complete the logo.Port New Logo Release 1 Tina Klose, a designer and marketing professional with the City of Milwaukee, worked with Port staff and the Board of Harbor Commissioners to complete the new logo. It will be rolled out on signs and marketing materials in the coming weeks. Port Milwaukee is an economic entity of City government governed by the seven-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, a panel appointed by Mayor Barrett and confirmed by the Common Council. It administers operations on the 467 acres that make up the Port and oversees Foreign Trade Zone No. 41. It promotes shipping and commerce throughout the region by providing access to domestic and international ships, two Class 1 railroads, and over-the-road transportation.