Port of Indiana Jeffersonville

The Port of Indiana – Jeffersonville is expanding its capabilities in multimodal transport with the help of government grants to maintain its aggressive growth.

By Russ Gager

Located in Indiana at the crossroads of America, the Port of Indiana – Jeffersonville has many advantages. First is its location on the Ohio River near Louisville, Ky., and within a 250-mile radius of most of the automotive manufacturers in the Midwest and southern central states. Boasting multimodal barge, rail and truck connections, the port is strengthening its natural advantages through several innovative projects.

In 2015, the Port of Indiana – Jeffersonville handled approximately 1,300 barges, 17,000 rail cars and 180,000 trucks. The port is home to a number of companies in industries such as steel processing, grain and transportation. “Our companies are in a position to take advantage of the most economical transportation via water and great connectivity through multiple class I railroads and a link to interstate highways that you would expect from a port location in a state known as ‘The Crossroads of America,’” Port Director Scott Stewart says.

As a neutral carrier with the primary mission of serving the Port of New Orleans and local industries, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) plans to add more tracks and reconfigure its second-largest yard over the next three years. “Our local business is growing,” CEO Jeff Davis says. “Local customers’ forecasts for traffic is pretty robust.”

The NOPB plans to add a third track just off the eastern abutment of the Huey P. Long Bridge, which is owned by the railroad, and reconfigure the tracks in the second-largest of its four yards as well as add some track length to handle capacity growth. “This will allow us to do switching for our customers’ traffic closer to their industry and allow for greater capacity,” Davis explains. “As their companies grow we will be able to grow with them and handle the additional car loads.” 

The Port of Galveston already is one of the most important ports in the state of Texas, and now it is expanding to accommodate a recent influx of business. Executive Director Mike Mierzwa says the port is in the middle of some major expansions that will not only provide it with greater capacity but also improve the Galveston area’s economic prosperity. 

Originally established as a trading post on Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 1825, the Port of Galveston has grown to cover more than 850 acres and services nearly 1,000 cargo and passenger ships each year. Recently, there has been an uptick in the number and size of passenger cruise ships coming in and out of the port, and so the Port  decided the time was right for a major expansion of its cruise terminal. When the expanded terminal finally opens, the Port of Galveston will be able to accommodate larger ships and more passengers than ever before. 

No matter where in the world a product or piece of machinery needs to go, World Shipping can get it there. “We’re a middle-market company that’s focused on high-service delivery to the discerning international shipper,” President and CEO Fred Hunger says. 

World Shipping’s advantage in the logistics market stems from the ability to coordinate and connect its subsidiary companies, each of which specializes in aspects of the supply chain. “We tie together our assets, such as trucks, chassis, tank fleet, warehouses with our customs house brokerage, import/export teams, international offices and deep-sea operations. There’s virtually no international logistics move that we can’t solve or perform with our group,” Hunger explains.

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