In anticipation of the 2022 shipping season, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Partnership plans to build on last year’s increased shipments, including ports in Indiana and Burns Harbor . The shipping association, which represents ports in eight bordering states and two Canadian provinces, says more than 38 million tonnes of product was shipped by sea in 2021, an increase of 1.66%.
The partnership says the nine-month shipping season saw record levels of iron ore, steel and other commodities.
“The 2021 boating season has been another consistent year for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation,” said Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the US Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. , and the prolonged disruptions, the resilience of the Seaway and the reliability of its operations are worth noting.
According to the maritime partnership, the 2021 international tonnage of Indiana-Burns Harbor ports increased 135% in 2021 compared to 2020.
The state port authority says the Burns Harbor facility handled 3.39 million tonnes last year. There was an increase in steel slabs from 2020. Additionally, the authority claims that steel coils from a new factory source increased the total number of steel coils from the port .
“2021 was ripe for opportunity,” said Indiana-Burns Harbor Ports Manager Ryan McCoy. “We had several unplanned cargo shipments that landed at the right time. Our infrastructure was ready and we were able to capture new projects. It was a record year. »
In addition to the Lake Michigan facility, Indiana Ports also operates the Ohio River ports at Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon. The authority says that together the three operations moved more than 11 million tonnes of cargo in 2021, a 34% increase from the previous year.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Coda said Indiana’s ports haven’t faced the same supply chain challenges as the coasts.
“The main problems of the supply chain [involve] largely imported goods passing through California ports, East Coast ports. For us here in the Midwest, we haven’t seen that much disruption,” Coda said. “Now that said, we’ve always had a supply chain challenge largely in the workforce. We have had a truck driver shortage for 10 years; this is not new to anyone dealing with transportation and logistics.