In just three months, barge traffic on the Ohio River at Hannibal has tripled since a new company was contracted to manage harbor operations at Center Port Terminal, according to terminal owner Eric J. Spirtas.
McKees Rocks Harbor Services now manages the harbor and Spirtas could not be more pleased.
“I think we made a great decision to engage McKees Rocks Harbor Services,” he said.
In addition to McKees’ expertise, several factors have contributed to the Hannibal facility’s success: Location and infrastructure.
With much of the tri-state region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia atop the bedrock of the gas and oil infused Marcellus and Utica shale formations, the Hannibal site sits at the epicenter of the natural gas play. But more than location, the site has infrastructure to complement that advantage.
Consider the factors: 52 barge slips, 12 miles of captive rail and 1,700 acres with existing infrastructure in place.
The development offers tenants a turnkey opportunity for expansion and unprecedented logistical support.
The nexus of rail and river infrastructure provides an efficient multimodal advantage for companies seeking cost-effective product distribution. Spirtas said officials of McKees Rocks Harbor Services have a deep knowledge of the region and understand the need for water-based transloading services.
“Many customers understand the logistical advantage of having both barge and rail at their fingertips, provided through one company,” Jim Lind said. Lind is chief executive officer of McKees Rocks Harbor Services.
“When demand is high, the option of a second supply chain mode becomes critical,” he said.
Among tenants at Center Port Terminal are Fairmont Sandtrol, Wildcat Minerals, Mid South Carbon Corp., G-Metro Inc., EQT, Alpha Hunter Drilling and Blue Racer Midstream in association with Caiman Energy and Evolution Energy Solutions.
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