California-based Metro Ports has been hired as the new bulk terminal operator at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, a deep-water port on Lake Michigan.
Metro Ports of Long Beach is the country’s oldest stevedoring firm and, as of July 1, it will replace Lakes and River Transfer as the entity responsible for loading and unloading bulk cargoes along the port’s East Harbor.
In its 165-year history, the firm now known as Metro Ports but originally founded as California Stevedore and Ballast Co, has long established its presence on the east and west coasts as well as the Gulf of Mexico.
But this is its only facility on the Great Lakes.
Ports of Indiana and Metro Ports are planning to upgrade the bulk terminal to increase the port’s throughput capacity.
That would be in addition to the Ports of Indiana’s $2.5m invested in infrastructure, principally on the dredging and stabilizing of two ship berths.
Last year the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more than 2.5m tons of cargo.