A Ports of Indiana Publication · Fall 2010
PORT HANDLES RECORD SHIPMENTS OF OVERSIZED CARGOES
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Indiana’s ports contribute $5.4 billion to state’s economy annually, pg. 4 Ports of Indiana first grantee in nation to receive three new foreign-trade zone designations, pg. 5 Aging locks on Great Lakes and on Ohio River pose threat to Indiana business, pg. 10
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TABLE OF CONTENTS FROM THE CEO Indiana’s ports contribute $5.4 billion to state’s economy annually ............................ 4 FROM THE BOARD ROOM Commission awards $450,000 for port projects.................................................................. 5 150 W. Market St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 232-9200 / fx (317) 232-0137 / email@example.com www.portsofindiana.com www.indianalogistics.com PORTS OF INDIANA CONTACT INFORMATION
Rich Cooper, Chief Executive Officer (317) 232-9200; firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Smolek, Port Director - Jeffersonville (812) 283-9662; email@example.com Phil Wilzbacher, Port Director - Mount Vernon (812) 833-2166; firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Laman, Port Director - Burns Harbor (219) 787-5101; email@example.com Jody Peacock, Director of Corporate Affairs (317) 233-6225; firstname.lastname@example.org David Haniford, General Counsel (317) 232-9204; email@example.com Laurie Peckham, Controller (317) 233-6227; firstname.lastname@example.org Liz Folkerts, Communications Specialist (317) 232-9205; email@example.com John Hughes, Engineering Director (219) 787-8045; firstname.lastname@example.org Warren Fasone, Security Manager (219) 787-5056; email@example.com
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FOREIGN TRADE ZONES Ports of Indiana first to receive three new FTZ designations .................................................. 5 COVER STORY Kind of a BIG deal ....................................................................................................... 6 Port handles record shipments of oversized project cargoes NEWS & NOTES .......................................................................................................... 8 Lake shipping contributes $14 billion to Indiana economy Ports of Indiana wins top international award for website GUEST COLUMN Aging locks on Great Lakes and Ohio River pose threat to Indiana business ............ 10 PORT REPORTS Burns Harbor: New “salty” marks maiden voyage with stop at Burns Harbor ....... 11 Mount Vernon: CGB to the RES-Q ............................................................................... 12 Jeffersonville: 25 years and counting! ......................................................................... 13 ENVIRO-FOCUS Chinese delegation awed by Northwest Indiana’s environmental success ............ 14 PORTS OF INDIANA DIRECTORY .............................................................................. 15 ADVERTISER INDEX CGB............................................... Back Cover Interstate Structures ................................. 14 McKeil Marine ...............................................9 One Southern Indiana.......Inside Front Cover
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FROM THE CEO
Ports contribute $5.4 billion to state economy annually
Rich Cooper Chief Executive Officer, Ports of Indiana
The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville creates more than 10,000 jobs.
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The Ports of Indiana recently released a new economic impact study, and for a state typically thought to be landlocked, the numbers may surprise you. Indiana’s ports annually contribute $5.4 billion in activity to the state economy and 43,700 jobs. Let me repeat that… 43,700 jobs and $5.4 billion in economic activity per year are generated by the state’s three public ports. The impact does not stop there. The study further showed the ports created $2.38 billion in personal income, $732 million in local purchases and $224 million in state and local taxes. We conduct regular economic analyses of our ports to quantify their value to the state economy and track their development through the years. These studies also allow us to estimate a public return on investment for future projects or funding proposals related to security, economic development or other related programs. Martin Associates, an economic consulting firm that specializes in the maritime industry, performed this study, and it was peer reviewed by economics professors from three of our state’s finest: Indiana University, University of Notre Dame and Purdue University. The study focused on 2009 data – taken in the midst of the economic slowdown – which suggests that these results are conservative estimates for the ports’ annual impact. Our location in the middle of the nation often causes people to forget just how important waterborne shipping is to our economy, but Indiana is not landlocked by any means. More than half of our border is water, which includes 400 miles of direct access to two major waterways: the Great Lakes and the inland river system. The lakes provide access to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Mississippi/Ohio rivers allow Indiana businesses access to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s important to understand that businesses rely on a balance of ships, barges, trucks and rail to transport goods to and from specific markets. It can be cheaper to send something to the Gulf of Mexico by barge than to a neighboring state by truck or rail. Any disruption to one of those modes means increased transportation costs will be passed down to consumers for things like food items made from grain, household goods made from steel and energy derived from coal and oil. We are fortunate to be located in one of the world’s most productive industrial and agricultural regions and our ports serve this region through a combination of strategic location, intermodal connections and specialized facilities. As a quasi-governmental organization, the Ports of Indiana operates as a business, independent from state funding. The mission of the Ports of Indiana is to develop and maintain a world-class port system dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy. This study shows the economic contributions of these ports, but their biggest impact is the competitive advantage they create for Indiana companies that ship goods by water. Maintaining this advantage will ensure these ports continue to help grow our state economy for years to come. For more information about the economic impact of Indiana’s ports, visit www.portsofindiana.com/economicimpacts.
H.C. “Bud” Farmer
Commission awards $450,000 for port projects PORTAGE, Ind. – The Ports of Indiana commission awarded more than $450,000 for port projects at its meeting in October, which included rail projects at each port. Monies totaling more than $233,000 went to Armond Cassil Railroad Construction Inc. of Warren, Mich., to replace a rail crossing at the Jeffersonville port. The contract also includes warning signals and gates. For the Mount Vernon port, Ironhorse Inc. of Baldwin, Ill., received $47,018 to improve 1,400 feet of rail. Burns Harbor changed a previous rail rebuilding contract to remove and replace an additional 260 feet of main track, resulting in an increase of $49,413 to Rail Track Construction Co., a division of Engineered Constructors Inc. of Hammond, Ind. Other contracts went to Foertsch Construction Co. Inc. of Lamar, Ind., totaling $65,968 for work on cargo piers at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon and $32,000 to DLZ Industrial of Burns Harbor, Ind., for testing of materials used in dockwall construction at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The commission also approved the $28,940 purchase of a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid from Lake Shore Ford Mercury Toyota for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The funds were supplied by a federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration to help improve regional air quality. During its August meeting, the commission approved new leases with two current port companies – Steel Dynamics Inc. at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville and Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co. at the Burns Harbor port. Steel Dynamics leased an additional 10.5
Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville company Steel Dynamics is adding 10.5 additional acres to its 26.6-acre facility.
acres for a new distribution and warehousing facility. The company currently uses 26.6 acres at the port for a steel processing, galvanizing and paint plant. The new structure will house a coil tipping facility, which allows a new shipping option for customers. A hydraulic machine takes a steel coil, typically stacked on the side, and flips it to face upward on a pallet which can be moved by forklift. The new services will create four to eight new jobs. Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co. signed a new five-year lease at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. A port tenant since 1975, the company uses all modes of transportation to ship coke at its facility.
Ports of Indiana first to receive three new FTZ designations The U.S. Department of Commerce FTZ COLUMN recently approved new foreign-trade zone designations for Indiana’s ports that streamline the process for businesses to apply for a zone. The new designation also expands these foreign-trade zones from a few thousand acres to a 21-county area. The Ports of Indiana serves as a statewide grantee of foreign-trade zones (FTZs) and is the first and only in the nation to have three zones given this designation. Jeffersonville’s FTZ was Indiana’s first David Haniford approved for the new program, the 13th General Counsel in the country. FTZs are restricted-access areas that are considered outside of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol territory. Companies within FTZ sites may be entitled to reduce or delay the payment of customs duties on foreign products brought into a zone, making the company more cost-competitive with overseas facilities. The new FTZ designation called “Alternative Site Framework” (ASF) was first offered by the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Board last year as a way to reorganize general purpose FTZs and simplify the application process for obtaining new zones.
Foreign-trade zones, also known as FTZs, are restricted-access areas considered outside of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol territory which allow reduced or delayed payment of customs duties on foreign products brought into the zone.
Counties now included in the Jeffersonville FTZ area are Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Scott and Washington. The Mount Vernon FTZ consists of Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Burns Harbor’s FTZ area includes the counties of Jasper, LaPorte, Lake, Newton, Porter and Starke. As a major transportation hub for national and international shipments, Indiana’s three ports contribute more than $5.4 billion in economic activity to the state economy each year. The new ASF designations will reduce the time, the cost and the paperwork needed for companies in these areas to apply for zone status. In some cases, companies can now obtain a zone in as little as 30 days for what used to be a year-long process. Contact David Haniford at (317) 232-9204; firstname.lastname@example.org
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PORT HANDLES RECORD SHIPMENTS OF OVERSIZED PROJECT CARGOES
“This port has all the components a shipper would want to see for handling large cargoes...” Peter Laman, Port Director Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor
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PORTAGE, Ind. – In its 40-year history, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has handled a wide variety of project cargo – a massive cancer-fighting machine, building-sized storage tanks, Army vehicles, even an airplane. Recently the port moved two shipments for the record books: the largest single piece of project cargo transferred to land – an electrical transformer weighing in at 388 tons – and the largest wind project which included 11 shiploads of wind turbines. Through November, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more than 100,000 tons of project cargo shipments. In 2009, only 18,000 tons moved through the port the entire year. “Project Cargo” and “Heavy Lift” are terms used in the shipping industry to describe the transportation and handling of heavy or oversized items which are generally too large to fit into normal shipping containers or onto conventional transporters. Because these items are indivisible and characteristically do not have standardized weights or dimensions, they require specialized transportation planning. Typical project cargo shipments can include items like generators, turbines, reactors, boilers, towers, heaters, presses, locomotives,
A 388-ton electrical transformer crossed the port’s docks in August.
boats, farming equipment and military vehicles. Transporting heavy “This port is truly becoming the preferred destination for wind lift items generally requires the use of special vehicles – trucks, cargo shipments in and out of the Midwest because of our modern trailers, railcars, barges and ships – with large-load capacities or facilities, the central location and our extremely efficient terminal unique loading features. The transportation of project cargo and operations.” heavy lift items ranks among the most challenging and complex The port handled one of the biggest single piece cargoes in the services in logistics and is handled by specialized companies. port’s history in August. A 388-ton electrical transformer arrived “We’ve seen a significant increase in project cargo shipments this on the ship “Beluga Recognition” from Cordoba, Spain. The year,” said Peter Laman, port director at the Port of Indiana-Burns transformer was transferred from ship to land for storage, and then to Harbor. “This port has all the components a shipper would want to barge for its trip to Ottawa, Ill., for installation at the Exelon Corp.’s see for handling large cargoes – a worldLaSalle County Nuclear Generating class terminal operator, one of the most Station. The plant supplies electricity productive labor forces on the Great to Chicago and northern Illinois. The Lakes, sufficient draft for large ships, transformer was unloaded from the ship transload capabilities between rail, ship, by the port’s terminal operator, Federal truck and barge, and plenty of indoor Marine Terminals, and a 16-man crew and outdoor storage. Just take a look from the International Longshoremen’s around our port – we’ve got 20 acres Association. filled with wind turbine components “The transformer was loaded onto the right now.” barge using the port’s ro-ro dock, which The recent shipment of wind is a roll-on/roll-off loading area that turbine components is the largest doesn’t require a crane,” said Laman. “It shipment of project cargo in the was wonderful to see this cargo continue port’s history. The shipment of 134 A massive tank moved through the port on its way to a its journey by water – the greenest and complete turbine units was carried Northwest Indiana construction project. most affordable mode of transport.” by 11 ships from Canada Steamship Through November, the port moved Lines and Flinter Shipping from various locations around 1.6 million tons of cargo in 2010, 46 percent more than 2009’s the Great Lakes. The shipment was coordinated by Vectora year-to-date figures. Since opening in 1970, Indiana’s first port has Transportation for final destination in Bloomington, Ill. grown significantly and now contributes about $3.5 billion to the The shipments were unloaded by port terminal operator, Federal state economy. The port also generates more than 25,000 total jobs Marine Terminals, with a labor force from the International and $1.5 billion in personal income as well as $490 million in local Longshoremen’s Association and the International Union of purchases and $146 million in state and local taxes. Operating Engineers. This year, the port also handled its first “As the first of Indiana’s three ports, the Port of Indiana-Burns outgoing shipment of wind equipment as two ships of turbines from Harbor set the course for the state’s port system,” said Ports of the Acciona Windpower plant in Iowa were exported through the Indiana CEO Rich Cooper. “Forty years later, the facility continues port to Belledune, New Brunswick. that tradition of leadership as it has become a hub for project cargo “It’s an exciting time around here right now,” Laman said. and the growing wind industry.” www.portsofindiana.com · Fall 2010 7
NEWS & NOTES Lake shipping contributes $14 billion to Indiana economy Standing along the Lake Michigan shoreline, there is no doubt these waters have a big impact on Indiana. But that impact reaches far beyond what the eye can see. A study released by the Ports of Indiana reports that waterborne shipping along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline contributes $14 billion per year in economic activity to the state economy and more than 104,000 jobs. The study was conducted by Martin Associates, one of the foremost maritime economic consulting firms in the country, and was peer reviewed by economics professors from Indiana University, University of Notre Dame and Purdue University. The study focused on 2008 and 2009 data, which reflected a significant economic downturn, suggesting that the results are conservative estimates for average annual impacts. According to the study, waterborne shipping to and from Indiana’s lakeshore region by both ships and barges generated the following annual economic impacts: • 104,567 direct, induced, indirect and related jobs; • $14.2 billion of economic activity in the state; • $6 billion of total personal income; • $2.1 billion of local purchases; and • $567 million of state and local tax revenue. “The Indiana lakeshore is unique because three separate modes of waterborne commerce converge here carrying international and domestic cargoes to and from the region,” said Dr. John Martin, president of Martin Associates. “The region depends on ocean vessels, lake carriers and river barges to bring in raw materials and ship out finished products. The Port of Indiana, the steel mills and all the other local industries that depend on waterborne shipping are located on Lake Michigan because of the unique transportation advantages. If these low-cost modes of transportation were not available, local industries would lose their competitive advantage in the marketplace, which could potentially result partial full plant closures.” p po tent te ntia iallllyy re resu sult iin n pa p rtia tiall or ful ulll pl p antt cl an clos osur ures es.
A recent study released by the Ports of Indiana found that Indiana’s waterborne shipping along the Lake Michigan shoreline creates 104,567 total jobs and generates $567 million in state and local tax revenue annually.
According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data used in the study, Indiana’s lakeshore terminals handled 32 million tons of maritime shipments in 2008 (the most recent total available). An additional 42.7 million tons of Indiana business was shipped on the Ohio River, but those shipments were not included in this study. Indiana ranked 14th among all states with 72.7 million tons of waterborne shipments in 2008, and was one of only five states to show an increase in shipments over the previous year. Part of the study identified economic impacts related to Indiana barge shipments through the T.J. O’Brien Lock & Dam in the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, but it should be noted that Indiana accounted for less than 30 percent of the total shipments moving through the lock in 2008. The study found that Indiana’s barge shipments created 17,655 total jobs and generated $1.9 billion in economic activity for Northwest Indiana 2008. Indi In dian anaa in 200 0088.
Ports of Indiana wins top international award for website Portside Magazine, 2009 Indiana Logistics Directory also recognized HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - For the second time, the Ports of Indiana was the only port authority in the Western Hemisphere to earn an Award of Excellence for websites from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Founded in 1912, the AAPA represents more than 160 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The AAPA presented the award to Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper during the organization’s annual convention held recently in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is the 43rd year for the AAPA Communications Awards Program, which selected 14 Awards of Excellence from 124 total entries of communications materials submitted by ports throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Ports of Indiana also received two second level Awards of Merit for its quarterly 8 · Fall 2010 PORTSIDE MAGAZINE
magazine - “Portside” - as well as its annual directory - “2009 Indiana Logistics Directory.” A panel from the Public Relations Society of America judged the entries and presented three levels of awards to 21 different ports. “Our website is the first place people around the world turn to for information about the Ports of Indiana,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “We strive to provide Indiana with a world-class port system on all levels, and it is quite an honor for our communications efforts to be recognized alongside some of the largest ports in the world.” This was the fourth Award of Excellence for the Ports of Indiana in the organization’s history, with previous awards in 2006 for advertising and in 2003 for a communications campaign.
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Aging locks on Great Lakes and Ohio River pose threat to Indiana business Maritime shipping is vital to Indiana’s GUEST COLUMN logistics industry. Our waterways are an important transportation link, both for bringing in raw materials and helping export agricultural products, steel and other commodities and manufactured goods. All that’s in jeopardy because of our antiquated locks and the risk for real economic consequences for Indiana is great, given repair delays and funding David Holt uncertainties. There’s no doubt that Vice President political gridlock in Washington is leading Conexus Indiana to freight gridlock in this state and across the Midwest. The average age of locks and dams on the Ohio River is nearly 50 years and needed improvements have fallen victim to numerous delays. For example, the Olmstead Lock construction project on the Ohio River near the Illinois/Kentucky border was recently pushed back from 2014 to 2020, resulting in $2.7 billion in lost transportation benefits. The aging Soo Locks on the St. Mary’s River connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes. More than 80 million tons of cargo passes through the locks each year, making it the busiest canal in the world in terms of tonnage. The bad news is that the two operating locks, one built in 1948 and the other in 1968, are on the verge of catastrophic failure. Congress authorized construction of a replacement lock in 1986, but when states in the region failed to come up with the required 35-percent funding, the project stalled. In 2007, the project was revived when Congress agreed to fully fund it with federal dollars. Congress appropriated $17 million in 2009 and the Army Corps of Engineers awarded the first phase of contracts for the project to start construction. But in fiscal year 2010, Congress awarded less than $1 million to the project, which does not allow the Army Corps to award any additional contracts. So while the project is in shovelready status, future funding remains uncertain. Worse yet, the U.S. House of Representatives is unlikely to pass a comprehensive federal budget for 2011, an unfortunate outcome of the recent election and the legitimate concern on the growing budget deficit. Moving forward without a comprehensive federal 10 · Fall 2010 PORTSIDE MAGAZINE
budget leaves many infrastructure projects in limbo – the locks being among some of the most pressing issues for Indiana. The primary source of iron ore feeding northern Indiana steel mills is shipped from Minnesota via the Great Lakes, where large vessels must pass through the Soo Locks in route to Lake Michigan. Indiana is home to 22 percent of all U.S. raw steel production, a majority of which is located in Northwest Indiana. In addition, the Soo Locks are used for the shipment of low-sulfur coal used by the region’s electric utilities to generate power. If the Soo Locks were to burst, it would put Indiana at a competitive disadvantage and have a significant and immediate impact on Indiana and the rest of the country. Conexus Indiana recently released a statewide strategic plan that outlines ways to strengthen the state’s logistics industry, including everything from human capital to infrastructure to public policy. A group assembled by Conexus Indiana, called the Logistics Council Executive Committee, developed the plan. Members of the LCEC include a group of statewide business leaders representing all aspects of the logistics industry – air, rail, trucking, waterborne shipping, advanced manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. The plan clearly outlines the logistics industry’s role in the state, identifies infrastructure and public policy issues that support and facilitate the movement of goods and the need for attention to aging infrastructure like the Soo and Olmstead locks. U.S. freight is expected to double by 2035 and Indiana is in a prime position to enhance its place in the global supply chain. Failing infrastructure clearly presents a major roadblock to future growth. The truth is, both the Soo and Olmstead locks are in jeopardy of failing. And there’s no question this would bring much of Indiana’s maritime freight to an immediate and absolute standstill. It’s time – past time – to do what we can to get this threat to Indiana business back on the federal appropriations radar screen. Waterways have been – and always will be – a federal government responsibility. Indiana’s logistics business leaders urge everyone to call or write their federal legislators to point out the serious threat of lock failure that looms over Indiana. It’s far too serious and certainly not good business to continue to hold our breath waiting for the inevitable. For more information on Conexus Indiana, visit www.conexusindiana.com. A copy of the recently released study is also available on the website.
New ship Miedwie makes its first stop at the Burns Harbor port in September.
PORT REPORT Peter Laman Port Director
PORT OF INDIANA – BURNS HARBOR
New “salty” marks maiden voyage with stop at Burns Harbor PORTAGE, Ind. – Many of the same ships move through the port time and time again on their way around the Great Lakes, so it’s exciting when a new name joins the ranks. The Polish vessel “Miedwie” stopped at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on its first trip into the Great Lakes on Sept. 8. Carrying break bulk cargo from the Port of Ijmuiden in the Netherlands, the ship was unloaded by workers from port terminal operator Federal Marine Terminals, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the International Union of Operating Engineers. Operated by Polsteam, the Miedwie made several stops along the Great Lakes on its first trip into the St. Lawrence Seaway system, including Milwaukee, Cleveland and Duluth. C&M Shipping Inc. was the steamship agent that coordinated the vessel logistics for this shipment. From Burns Harbor, it moved to Duluth, where it loaded 20,000 tons of wheat for the return trip to Europe. Polsteam, the largest Polish shipowner and one of the largest in Europe, operates 75 ships, including 67 bulk carriers, four sulfur carriers and four ferries. The company has announced plans to build 34 new bulk cargo carriers by 2015. Captained by Tamasz Molenda, the Miedwie is a 30,000-ton vessel that was built in the Mingde shipyard in Nantong, China, not far from Shanghai. The Miedwie was launched in late March and is the first ship out of a series of eight new Great Lakes vessels that Polsteam has ordered.
NLMK welcomes new president Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor company NLMK Indiana has a new president. Paul Fiore joined the company formerly known as Beta Steel in March as president and chief operating officer, bringing more than 29 years of experience with him to our port. In addition to his duties with NLMK Indiana, Fiore is also the president and chief operating officer of NLMK Group companies
Duferco Farrell Corp. of Farrell, Pa., and Sharon Coatings of Sharon, Pa. A New York native, Fiore has a degree in sociology from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Since graduation, he has worked in the steel industry for nearly 30 years with Sharon Steel Corp., Caparo Steel and Weber Sensors Inc.
ArcelorMittal conducts spill drill Twice a year at the Port of Indiana, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor conducts a Boom Deployment Drill to ensure key equipment and personnel are prepared to respond to an oil release at the site. This exercise is required by federal environmental regulation due to the nature and scale of the steel mill’s operations. Typically, the Boom Deployment Drill must be executed within two hours from the time a facility is made aware of an emergency. These drills also allow for training and practice for responders from the Emergency Services department at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. In addition to the two planned drills conducted each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may also conduct unannounced drills to determine that an operation can successfully deploy their equipment within the time allotted. Contact Peter Laman at (219) 787-5101; email@example.com
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PORT REPORT Phil Wilzbacher Port Director
PORT OF INDIANA – MOUNT VERNON
CGB to the RES-Q New tube will aid rescues from grain bins MOUNT VERNON, Ind. – Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) recently invested in a piece of equipment they hope to never use at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon. CGB purchased a RES-Q Tube, a tool that helps free individuals trapped in collapsed grain. The company, which has been a part of the port since 1980, plans to make the tube available for local emergency rescue crews in the Mount Vernon area. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, grain flowing out of a bin acts like quicksand – pulling in someone standing on top. The situation takes only seconds to become deadly, burying the victim under grain and surrounding them by pressure too strong to dig or be pulled out. Statistics show these situations often become even more deadly as those helping the victim run the risk of being pulled under as well. The RES-Q Tube is used in situations where a portion of the victim is above the grain. The tool consists of shields that lock together to make a 60-inch tall tube made of aluminum. The shields are placed around the victim and made into the tube, relieving the pressure caused by the grain and allowing them to be pulled out safely. CGB operates more than 60 facilities around the nation. The company’s Mount Vernon site handles yellow and white corn, soybeans, milo and specialty grains. CGB and GSI Group, the maker of the RES-Q Tube, invested roughly $50,000 for the tubes and for training at CGB facilities. Over the summer, the company hosted a training session at its port facility for staff and local fire and rescue officials. “We spend a tremendous amount of time and effort making sure our employees are safe and not put into situations where they can become a victim of suffocation due to collapsed grain,” said Terry Ham, regional operations manager for CGB. “Unfortunately, accidents happen and we have made this investment to make sure we can rescue individuals should something happen.” 12 · Fall 2010 PORTSIDE MAGAZINE
RIGHT: CGB hosts a training session for staff and first response teams on the RES-Q Tube, a new piece of equipment used to aid in grain bin rescues.
Agrium holds safety drill CGB is not the only one at the port working to improve safety. Agrium held an emergency response simulation on Sept. 16. The company partnered with the volunteer fire department and Geosyntec Consultants for the drill, which worked through a confined space rescue – in this case, an individual was trapped under fertilizer in a truck load-out hopper. The drill also included two journalism students from the University of Southern Indiana who portrayed members of the media to allow participants to simulate crisis communications during a rescue situation. Representatives from Agrium, the Black Township Fire Department, the Ports of Indiana, and Mount Vernon Transfer Terminal participated in the exercise.
Port hosts barge tour for farmers
On Aug. 20, the port hosted a tour for area farmers. Part of the third annual Ohio River barge tour sponsored by the Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the event gave local farmers a unique opportunity to follow the movement of grain down the Ohio River and through the lock system. The day included a passenger barge ride from the port to the John T. Myers Lock and Dam near Uniontown, Ky., where the group had lunch, and a bus tour of the port.
Contact Phil Wilzbacher at (812) 833-2166; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ports of Indiana commissioners Ken Kaczmarek (left) and Phil McCauley (right) join a representative of the ClarkFloyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau for a ride on the “Sunny Side of Louisville” hot air balloon at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville’s 25th anniversary celebration.
PORT REPORT Matt Smolek Port Director
PORT OF INDIANA – JEFFERSONVILLE
25 years and counting! Port hosts celebration for silver anniversary JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – On Aug. 19, the Port of IndianaJeffersonville hosted a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the first cargoes crossing the docks. The event included a luncheon and bus tour of the port as well as a boat ride down the Ohio River. The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled its first shipments the summer of 1985 – 100-ton automobile presses from Germany. Despite not opening until mid-year, the port moved more than 210,000 tons that first season. Through November of 2010, more than 1.5 million tons passed through the port. Much of the port’s success can be attributed to its strong partnerships. The luncheon celebration was no different. Thanks to our port’s partners, guests had the opportunity to see the port from the water and the air. Representatives from the Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau brought out their “Sunny Side of Louisville” hot air balloon to give guests tethered balloon rides. David Evanczyk, owner of nearby Marine Builders Inc., graciously took guests on his personal boat for a trip down the Ohio River past the port. The U.S. Coast Guard also supplied a watercraft to view as well as staff who were able to answer questions about Coast Guard operations. The luncheon presentations – from Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan, Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper and Ports of Indiana Commissioner Phil McCauley (a past Jeffersonville deputy mayor) – highlighted the mutually-beneficial relationship between the city and the port as the two entities have truly grown up together. Among the approximately 125 luncheon guests, we were pleased to have in attendance Gary Tyler and Pat Hoehn, who both were involved in the port’s development in the early years as part of the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Pat’s father Elmer Hoehn, well-known for being an ambassador to Clark County; Ned Phau, a former Ports of Indiana commissioner; and Carol Joy Barker, our former office manager who spent 20 years at the port before retiring in 2004. The port owes so much of its success to the vision and hardwork of those from the early years.
Once again, I’d like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard, Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Evanczyk family and all that attended for making the anniversary celebration so special. Here’s to the next 25!
New faces at the port I’d like to welcome two new faces around the port: Anthony Gex of Consolidated Terminals and Logistics Co. (CTLC) and Jim Jaggers of Kasle Steel. Gex is the new commercial manager of inland terminals for CTLC. A Louisiana native, he attended Louisiana State University where he studied business administration. Anthony Gex Previously, he was the southwest CTLC terminals manager for CTLC, where he managed facilities in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He and his wife Amy have been married for 22 years and have two daughters. Jaggers started as the new plant manager at Kasle Steel in August. He studied operations management at Mott Community College in Michigan and started with Kasle Steel in Flint, Mich., Jim Jaggers in 1999 as supervisor and production Kasle Steel manager. He then moved on to product technical service, where he worked at stamping facilities for Tower International and Chrysler. He and his wife Robin have two grown children. Contact Matt Smolek at (812) 283-9662; email@example.com
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Environmental issues are very important to the Ports of Indiana. As a port authority, the Ports of Indiana has the dual responsibility of protecting and enhancing our environment while building infrastructure that facilitates economic development.
Enviro•Focus Chinese delegation awed by Northwest Indiana’s environmental success Visit highlights region’s water quality protection and partnerships On Aug. 18, Northwest Indiana GUEST COLUMN welcomed a 17-member Chinese delegation to Lake Michigan. The purpose of the delegation’s United States trip was to learn about water quality protection, potential improvements and partnerships among private, public and environmental stakeholders. Indiana Wildlife Federation and the Northwest Indiana Forum hosted a three-hour boat ride along Lake Michigan’s shoreline on sport fishing boats volunteered by their Kay L. Nelson owners. Leaving the East Chicago Marina Northwest Indiana and motoring to the Portage Marina, the Forum visitors were able to get a water view of the seamless shoreline as it traverses from industrial to residential to national and state park lands. The visitors were immediately impressed with the clarity of the water at the marina, sharing that Lake Tai in China is a vivid green in color – think Nickelodeon slime green. As the boats pulled away from the Marina, our guests were covering their noses – leading this writer to believe they were going to be sick. Within a few minutes, my guests were laughing and speaking excitedly. Once their initial amazement settled, I was told that in China the lakes “stink” and
face masks are worn when on the water. They had feared our three-hour boat tour thinking they would be experiencing similar olfactory offenses! It was an honor and pleasure to be able to share with our guests the significant efforts taken by our industrial, municipal and residential partners in their compliance with the strict U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act limitations. The guests were told that U.S. Steel regularly hosts students from the Dunes Learning Center, a residential environmental education camp, to do ecological restoration on the east end of the steel mill which is adjacent to the National Lakeshore Park. One visitor expressed amazement at such an activity until it was explained that doing so reflected good corporate environmental stewardship and provided an education for future workers that our businesses take caring for our environment very seriously. Pulling into the Portage Marina, our visitors were graced with the opportunity to witness a vessel entering the Port of Indiana with nearby recreational boats full of fisherman enjoying the beautiful day. The visit ended with our guests thanking us for showing them a vision of beauty that they hope to replicate in China. For my part, I was so proud of the accomplishments in Northwest Indiana and the opportunity I was given to share them with our international visitors.
INTERSTATE STRUCTURES Interstate Structures has been serving your signing and structural fabrication needs since 2003. We are AISC Certified and are AWS Certified to D1.1 & D1.5 steel along with D1.2 aluminum. We offer the following services: · CNC Plasma Oxyfuel Table – 12’ x 10’ · 600 Ton Press Brake · 2 – Band Saws – 40” & 24” · 1 Iron Worker · 3 – 6 ton Hydraulic Positioners · 2 – Universal Pipe Notchers · 15 – Welders · 2 – 7-1/2 Ton Overhead Cranes 1302 Port Road · Jeffersonville, IN 47130 · 812-284-6430 14 · Fall 2010 PORTSIDE MAGAZINE
1500 W W. M Market 100, IIndianapolis, 46204 k SSt., SSuite i 100 di li IN 462 (317) 232-9200 / fx (317) 232-0137 / firstname.lastname@example.org www.portsofindiana.com www.indianalogistics.com PORT OF INDIANA BURNS HARBOR 6625 S. Boundary Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8636 ADS Logistics Roll & Hold Division 725 George Nelson Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-5015 Transportation, warehousing, inventory management Aqua-Land Communications Inc. 60 Stagecoach Road Portage, IN 46368 219-762-1541 Communications provider ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor 250 W. U.S. Highway 12 Burns Harbor, IN 46304 219-787-2120 Steel mill Behr Iron & Steel 6735 Waterway Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-1020 Scrap bailing operation Calumite Co. 900 George Nelson Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-5045 Calumite processing Cargill Inc. 6640 Ship Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-9461 Grain handling and ag products Carmeuse Lime and Stone 165 Steel Road Portage, IN 46368 219-787-9190 Limestone processing Central Coil Processing 501 George Nelson Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-5000 Steel processing Federal Marine Terminals Inc. 415 Salmon Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-1017 Stevedoring Feralloy Midwest Portage 6755 Waterway Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-9698 Steel processing Feralloy Processing Co. 600 George Nelson Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8773 Steel processing Frick Services 800 Sun Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-9475 Dry/liquid bulk storage/distribution Great Lakes Towing Co. 1800 Terminal Tower, 50 Public Sq. Cleveland, OH 44113 216-621-4854 Tugboat, towing, barge services HealtheACCESS Clinic 6615 S. Boundary Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8662 Occupational healthcare facility Indiana Pickling & Processing 6650 Nautical Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8889 Steel pickling
International Longshoremen’s Assoc. Local 1969 6031 Melton Road U.S. Highway 20 Portage, IN 46368 219-764-9715 Maritime union Lakes and Rivers Transfer 4600 E. 15th Ave. Gary, IN 46403 219-787-9280 Bulk stevedoring, trucking Leeco Steel 1000 E. Boundary Road Portage, IN 46368 800-621-4366 Steel plate service center Levy Co. 900 George Nelson Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8666 Aggregate processing Metro International Trade Services LLC 345 Salmon Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8690 Metals distribution and storage Mid-Continent Coal & Coke Co. 915 W. 175th St. Homewood, IL 60430 708-798-1110 Steel processing and distributor NLMK Indiana 6500 S. Boundary Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8200 Hot-rolled steel processing Precision Strip Inc. 6720 Waterway Drive Portage, Indiana 46368 219-787-1602 Steel coil processing S&L Great Lakes Transportation 1175 George Nelson Drive Portage, Indiana 46368 219-764-3700 Transportation Steel Warehouse Portage 6780 Waterway Drive Portage, IN 46368 219-787-8887 Steel service center Tanco Terminals Inc. 400 E. Boundary Drive Portage, Indiana 46368 219-787-8159 Liquid storage, handling Tube City IMS Division by Beta Steel 6500 S. Boundary Drive Portage, Indiana 46368 219-787-0004 Transportation United States Steel Corp. U.S. Highway 12 Portage, IN 46368 219-762-3131 Steel mill Walsh & Kelly 24358 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46614 574-288-4811 Asphalt processing
Listed below are companies with facilities and services at Indiana’s three ports PORT OF INDIANA MOUNT VERNON 2751 Bluff Road, Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-4382
PORT OF INDIANA JEFFERSONVILLE 5100 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-9662
Agrium U.S. Inc. 2501 Bluff Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-9779 Fertilizer distribution
Airgas Specialty Products 5142 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-6932 Chemical mfg. and distribution
Aventine Renewable Energy 7201 Port Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-9840 Ethanol production
Chemtrusion Inc. 1403 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-2910 Plastic resin processing
CEMEX/Kosmos Cement 3301 Port East-West Road 570 Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-3465 Cement distribution
Consolidated Grain & Barge Co. 5143 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-9500 Grain terminal, bulk stevedore, logistical services
CIMBAR Performance Minerals 2700 Bluff Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-5236 Minerals processing Consolidated Grain & Barge Co. Merchandising Division 2801 Bluff Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-833-3214 Grain terminal Consolidated Grain & Barge Co. Soybean Processing Division P.O. Box 547 Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-3214 Soybean processing plant Consolidated Terminals & Logistics Co. P.O. Box 547 Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-833-3208 General cargo stevedoring and logistics Evansville Western Railway 724 W. 3rd St. Mount Vernon, IN 47620 866-812-3897 Full-service railroad Mead Johnson Nutrition/Kenco Logistic Services 3101 Highway 62 East Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-833-3416 Distribution and warehousing Mount Vernon Transfer Terminal 3300 Bluff Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-5532 Coal transloading to barge TPG Mount Vernon Marine Mount Vernon Barge Service P.O. Box 607 Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-4889 Towing, fleeting, barge cleaning/ repair, stevedoring Tri-County Agronomics 1711 Bluff Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 812-838-1755 Liquid fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide distribution
Consolidated Terminals & Logistics Co. 5143 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-9500 General cargo stevedoring and logistics Cylicron Engineered Cylinders 5171 Maritime Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-4600 Industrial cylinder mfg. Eagle Steel Products Inc. 5150 Loop Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-282-4770 Steel processing and distributor FedEx Ground 5153 Maritime Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-218-0781 Parcel distribution logistics Flexible Materials Inc. 1202 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-7000 Wood-panel processing Green Lines Transportation Inc. 702 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-258-3515 Transportation, common carrier Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp. 701 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-284-3300 Lubrication for auto industry Interstate Structures A division of Mid-Park Inc. 1302 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-284-6430 Steel fabrication Jeffersonville River Terminal 5130 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-282-0471 Steel galvanizing Kasle Metal Processing 5146 Maritime Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-282-0471 Metal Processing
Kinder Morgan 5146 Loop Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-282-4938 Warehousing, stevedoring, logistics Metals USA 702 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-288-8906 Metals processing, distribution MG Rail 5130 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-288-8906 Rail services Mytex Polymers Inc. 1403 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-2900 Plastic resin distribution Namasco 5150 Maritime Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-284-4141 Steel warehousing and distribution OmniSource – A division of Steel Dynamics Inc. 5134 Loop Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-2268 Scrap metal processing Roll Forming Corp. Indiana 1205 N. Access Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-284-0650 Roll-forming of steel components, structural tubes Steel Dynamics Inc. 5134 Loop Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-218-1490 Steel coils galvanizing Tanco Clark Maritime 5144 Utica Pike Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-7300 Liquid storage, handling TMSi 1251 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-5850 Distribution and warehousing Valmont Industries Inc. 1117 Brown Forman Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-284-5241 Steel galvanizing Vitran Express 1402 Port Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-280-7211 Freight services, distributions Voss/Clark Industries 701 Loop Road Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-283-7700 Steel processing and distributor
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Portside is an award-winning magazine published by the Ports of Indiana covering a broad range of topics related to the state's unique port...