The Ports of Indiana has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) as it seeks a general cargo terminal operator at one of its ports.
For the first time in over 40 years, the general cargo dock at the inland Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville will be made available to operator interests through an RFP.
“The general cargo terminal operation is a unique opportunity for a stevedoring and logistics company,” Ports of Indiana CEO, Vanta E. Coda II, said. “With the port’s access to river, rail, highway and world-class infrastructure, there are competitive advantages and cost-savings from the start. We look forward to hearing from operators interested in partnering with us to grow their business in our community.”
As part of the RFP process, Ports of Indiana will be looking for a long-term business partner to provide stevedoring and distribution services to existing customers, grow and diversify cargoes, make investments into facility expansions and drive projects that create significant economic benefits for the regional economy.
The winning general cargo terminal operator will take over operations on 1 January 2022. The RFP will be released later this quarter.
The port’s general cargo terminal consists of a 10-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Ohio River, two barge docks, a 131,000 sq ft warehouse, four acres of dock space, outdoor storage areas and a 500ft covered craneway for all-weather transloading of commodities between barge, rail, truck and warehouse. The facility has operated near-capacity handling steel products for several years.
Operators interested will need to provide a business plan that demonstrates initial processes as well as plans for the future growth of operations at the general cargo terminal.
The Ports of Indiana port authority operates the ports of Burns Harbor, Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon