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Ports of Indiana seeks general cargo terminal operator

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For the first time in over 40 years, the general cargo dock at the Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville will be made available to operator interests through a Request for Proposals (RFP).

As part of the RFP process, Ports of Indiana will be looking for a long-term business partner to provide stevedoring and distribution services to existing customers, grow and diversify cargoes, make investments into facility expansions and drive projects that create significant economic benefits for the regional economy.

The winning general cargo terminal operator will take over operations on 1 January 2022. The RFP will be released later this quarter.

The port’s general cargo terminal consists of a 10-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Ohio River, two barge docks, a 131 000 ft2 warehouse, four acres of dock space, outdoor storage areas and 500 ft covered craneway for all weather transloading of commodities between barge, rail, truck, and warehouse. The facility has operated near-capacity handling steel products for several years. Operators interested will need to provide a business plan that demonstrates initial processes as well as plans for future growth of operations at the general cargo terminal.

“The general cargo terminal operation is a unique opportunity for a stevedoring and logistics company,” Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta E. Coda II said. “With the port’s access to river, rail, highway and world-class infrastructure, there are competitive advantages and cost-savings from the start. We look forward to hearing from operators interested in partnering with us to grow their business in our community.”

In addition to the general cargo dock, this opportunity extends to the strategic advantages of the Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville itself. A gateway to the Midwest, the port is strategically located along the Ohio River with year-round barge connections to the Gulf of Mexico through the Mississippi River, along with direct access to three major interstates (I-64, I-65, I-70) and multiple rail carriers with onsite local switching. The southeast Indiana port has been one of the fastest growing steel terminals on the Ohio River since opening in 1985.

Home to 30 companies, of which 15 are steel-related, Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville handles 2 million tpy of general and bulk cargoes, including: steel, corn, fertilizer, and soybeans. More than 1000 barges, 250 000 trucks, and 16 000 railcars pass through the port annually.

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