Shippers and manufacturers in southwest Indiana have a new tool at their disposal after the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon finished its $2 million capital improvement project.
The cargo terminal facility along the Ohio River in Posey County added an overhead gantry crane with a 60-ton lift capacity. It also added a new concrete floor.
The port authority says the hoists will be able to load and unload general cargo between barge, rail, truck and warehouse.
The Ports of Indiana also hopes it can attract new business to that region of the state.
“We planned the capital improvement projects around a key component of our targeted marketing strategy to attract a steel-related facility to the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon’s 544-acre megasite,” said Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Port Director Phil Wilzbacher. “The overhead gantry crane is well-suited to handle steel coils.”
Wilzbacher says the port authority is working with multiple companies to direct steel-laden barges to the 40-year-old location.
“Our terminal updates will also help enhance the Mount Vernon port’s capabilities in handling container-on-barge shipments,” said Wilzbacher
The crane will be operated by Consolidated Terminal and Logistics Company will operate the crane. CTLC is a long-time port company and general cargo terminal operator.