Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville set an annual record with total tonnage for 2015, exceeding the previous year’s volume by nearly 16 percent, port officials said in a press release. The port handled 2.8 million tons of cargo last year, which were driven by heavy volumes of agriculture and steel products.
Shipments of steel in 2015 more than doubled the previous record set in 2014, helped in part by rising demand in the U.S. auto industry. Grain volume was the second highest in port history, following the record harvest year of 2014.
For the year, the port handled 1,300 barges, 17,000 rail cars and 180,000 trucks.
Additional highlights for Jeffersonville port included the award of a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will help fund a $17 million intermodal project. In additional, the port broke ground on a $30 million transportation corridor that will link the port to the River Ridge Commerce Center’s industrial park.
The projects will expand the port’s rail and bulk-loading capacity, said Port Director Scott Stewart.
“Both our port and our region are experiencing an infrastructure bonanza,” said Stewart. “These projects will greatly improve the region’s strength in advanced manufacturing and logistics.”