PORTAGE – An independent study of Indiana’s port system by Martin Associates, a maritime economic consulting firm, shows the system is responsible for more than $6 billion in economic activity in the state.
In addition, the three ports, including the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on Lake Michigan, support 51,577 jobs.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor posted a 56 percent increase in ship tonnage and 75 percent increase in barge cargo in 2011, according to the study.
The state also operates two ports on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Shipments were up 4 percent in Jeffersonville and 3 percent at Mount Vernon.