Interview: Ian Hirt, port director, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbour

Barge loaded at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Credit: Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

The Indiana-Burns Habour port director Ian Hirt understands the immediacy of stevedoring, and is always seeking new cargoes and improvement opportunities for the Lake Michigan bulk port

Two months after Ian Hirt became the port of Indiana-Burns Harbour’s director in 2017, it was announced that the federal government had awarded USD9.85 million to the port for a multipronged expansion project. The announcement signalled imminent changes to the Lake Michigan bulk operation.

“I just figured we got one of these all of the time,” Hirt quipped with a laugh. “To me, I didn’t know any different. Now that we’ve got the project, let’s knock it out, get it done.” Hirt and his team are getting many things done at Burns Harbour, a 243 ha (2.43 km2) landlord port located about 70 km from Chicago. The port hosts 30 tenants that handle commodities, including steel coils, limestone, steel slag, fertiliser, and grain.

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