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Ports of Indiana allocated government funding for heavy lift crane


Mount Vernon – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded Ports of Indiana a $2,250,000 grant to assist in the purchase of a heavy-lift crane at Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon. This is the first federal grant for the Mount Vernon port, and it will allow handling of new large project cargo and dimensional steel shipments. 

The award was one of eight projects funded by MARAD through the $12 million U.S. Marine Highway Grant Program, which is designed to improve movement of goods on the inland rivers by assisting ports in the purchase of low-emissions, U.S.-manufactured equipment. Ports of Indiana worked with Ohio River steel shippers to identify the need for a 120-ton crane, which will double the port’s lift capacity, improve safety, and help decrease carbon emissions through major improvements in operational and logistics efficiencies. 

“This is an important project that will allow our port to handle new cargoes and create significant public benefits by shipping larger cargoes by water,” said Jason May, port director at Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon. “By combining the speed and efficiency of our existing 60-ton dual-lift overhead crane with the heavy-lift capacity and flexible lifting structure of this new crane, we are positioning this port as a critical multimodal hub for steel and general cargo.” 

The Mount Vernon port is Indiana’s largest port by acreage and cargo shipments, occupying 1,200 acres and shipping an average of 6 million tons per year. It is home to 14 companies and 600 acres of available industrial sites with access to five Class I railroads. The port is currently conducting RFP (Request for proposal) processes for a general cargo terminal operator and an intra-port rail switcher.

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