Assorted cleaner air initiatives by the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor has landed it regional recognition.
A new report found Indiana’s three ports contribute $8.2 billion annually to the state’s economy.
Region native Ryan McCoy is the new director of the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor.
Ian Hirt, who has led the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor since March 2017, is stepping down from the post.
Giving the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor more capacity to handle additional cargo and at the same time reduce its environmental impact will be the result once nearly $20 million in improvements are completed.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will host Indiana’s first Navy vessel commissioning ceremony for the new littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis on Oct. 26.
Commitment to environmental stewardship lands Ports of Indiana Green Marine designation.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor was awarded for its voluntary actions taken in 2018 to improve air quality in Northwest Indiana.
Port representatives, including CEO Vanta Coda and Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Port Director Ian Hirt, joined volunteers representing businesses at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the Wildlife Habitat Council and the U.S. Forest Service in early May to plant several dozen deciduous and coniferous trees at the port.
For his work to build up use of inland waterways for shipping, the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals Inc., during its recent annual conference in Baton Rouge, La., presented its inaugural lifetime achievement award to retired Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper.