Earlier this year, Henderson (Ky.) County Riverport, located at Ohio River Mile 808, secured a new grain handling contract with COFCO International Grains US LLC, a China-based agricultural products company, said Greg Pritchett, executive director. “We’re just getting started, but I would estimate that we’ll transfer the grain from trucks to barges at a rate of about two barges a week,” he said. Because of the design configuration of the terminal, Henderson County Riverport is able to load barges in high water, whereas others cannot, Pritchett said.
The movement will utilize the port’s secondary dock, which is dedicated to the transfer of grain to outbound barges using a high-capacity grain conveyor. The main cargo dock has 42,000 square feet of open dock space and a 125-ton electric-pedestal crane capable of handling commodities from barge, truck or rail.
Another new development at the port is a lease with Nutrien Ag Solutions to store liquid fertilizer. The fertilizer will arrive by barge and be transferred to a self-service tank, capable of holding about 4 million gallons, said Pritchett.
For dry bulk fertilizer, the port has three 135-foot-diameter storage domes, conveyors, rail dump pit and access roads that connect to the general cargo dock.
Caption for photo: Aerial view of the Henderson Country Riverport at Ohio River Mile 808.