Ports operated by the state set shipping records last year, according to Ports of Indiana, the quasi-government body that operates ports at Burns Harbor on Lake Michigan, and at Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon on the Ohio River.
More than 10.4 million tons were handled in 2014. That was up 26 percent from 2013. The previous record of 800,000 tons was set in 1994.
Much of the increase was driven by movement of coal; agricultural products including grain, ethanol and distiller’s grain; steel; and salt, the authority said.
The data is gathered from surveys of companies operating at the ports, and do not take into account whether a product is imported or exported.•