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Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor ships 2% more than 2021

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The Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled 3.45 million tons of cargo — 2% more than in 2021. (Photo provided by the Ports of Indiana)

For the second year in a row, the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor shipped the most it ever has since it opened in 1970. In 2022, the port handled 3.45 million tons of cargo — 2% more than in 2021.

The Ports of Indiana, which includes Burns Harbor, Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon, handled 11.9 million tons of cargo total — 6% more from 2021.

“Our industry is still recovering from the economic and supply chain challenges, but the continued growth in shipments is a very good sign, and the new business development opportunities we’re seeing indicate more growth is ahead,” said Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Jody Peacock in a press release.

Burns Harbor's numbers were up thanks, in part, to Metro Ports who helped it handle record numbers of foundry coke, which was up 210%, and minerals, which were up 13%. The International Longshoremen’s Association, International Union of Operating Engineers and Federal Marine Terminals also helped with record steel cargoes, which were up by 13%.

In a meeting March 2, the Ports of Indiana commission also approved more than $20 million to expand and maintain the ports.

“Our Commissioners have shown tremendous vision and commitment to supporting growth of Indiana’s economy by approving more than $20 million in projects that will immediately expand Ports of Indiana’s capabilities and help our customers grow,” Peacock said.

Projects at Burns Harbor will include construction of three shipping berths and a bulk warehouse.

The commission will meet again June 15 in Mount Vernon and Sept. 14 in Burns Harbor.


  • Heather Pfundstein

    Heather Pfundstein is the managing editor of Northwest Indiana Business Magazine and NWIndianaBusiness.com. She is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in Northwest Indiana and northern Illinois newsrooms. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University. She has been part of the magazine's team since 2018.

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