Issue: March/April 2012
The Port of Cleveland had a big 2011. Here are a few of the numbers behind it.
Cargo moving through the Port of Cleveland jumped 31 percent in 2011, the highest volume since 2008. The increase was good economic news and largely the result of an increase in steel, iron ore and machinery passing through. “Manufacturers depend on our port for raw materials and goods that can only be transported by ship,” says Port Authority CEO Will Friedman. In January, the Port Authority’s board of directors approved the construction of a $3.9 million on-dock rail loop that will make the port more competitive. Here are a few of the other numbers behind the port’s big year and its upcoming rail expansion.
feet of existing track at the port
total tons of cargo handled by the port in 2011
additional feet of track the rail project will provide
amount of rail-loop funding supplied by an Ohio Department of Development Logistics and Distribution Stimulus Loan
Weight, in tons, of the heaviest shipment out of the port in 2011, equipment from the former Chrysler plant in Twinsburg
Distance in nautical miles of the farthest destination reached from a ship leaving the Port of Cleveland. Its destination was inland China
the Port of Cleveland’s economic impact in an average year
Weight, in tons, of the heaviest single piece of cargo that arrived at the port in 2011, a generator
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