Ports & Terminals

Grant To Fund Multimodal Bulk Storage At Port Of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has awarded the Ports of Indiana $4 million to make bulk cargo supply chain improvements by converting a vacant gravel yard into a multimodal storage facility at Burns Harbor.

The grant funds construction of an 84,000-square-foot warehouse and a 1.65-acre storage pad in the east harbor arm. Public bidding is tentatively set for the first quarter of 2022 with anticipated construction slated for spring 2022, the Ports of Indiana said in a news release.

“We greatly appreciate the funding for this conversion project, which will transform an open space into a necessary indoor area to house bulk cargoes that come through our port,” Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta E. Coda II said.

The new project is part of $220 million in grant funding awarded by the Department of Transportation to improve port facilities in 16 states and territories as part of MarAd’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.

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 “This new project will have a significant impact on the movement of cargo on our port property,” said Ian Hirt, port director of Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. “It will also help reduce transportation and maintenance costs, environmental impacts and improve transportation safety.”