Green Bay Port reaches five-year high in shipping volume

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Jessica Thiel
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For the first time in five years, the Port of Green Bay moved more than 2 million tons of cargo in one shipping season. The port moved nearly 2.1 million metric tons during the 2018 shipping season, representing a 14 percent increase over 2017.

A shipment of petroleum products was imported on Jan. 28, marking the end of the 2018 Port of Green Bay shipping season. That closing date marks the latest closing date at the port in at least the past 30 years (as far back as records go) and may be the latest closing date in the history of the Port of Green Bay.

“We’re very pleased to see the high totals for the 2018 shipping season,” Dean Haen, port director, said in a release. “Two million tons is typically our goal for a shipping season, and this year’s strong economy in Northeast Wisconsin made that achievable.”

Major positive contributors to the 2018 season included foreign import increases of petroleum products by 528 percent and limestone by 230 percent as well as domestic exports of petroleum products by 151 percent.

“Growth in petroleum product movements continues to be exceptional year after year,” Haen said. “Much of the growth can be attributed to the closure of a petroleum pipeline serving Northeast Wisconsin. The port was ready to step in and facilitate the movement of this crucial commodity.”

Domestic imports of U.S. salt decreased by 84 percent and foreign imports of salt by 17 percent. Domestic exports of ash ceased, and exports of limestone decreased by 64 percent.

On the positive side, the port saw the number of vessels this season increase by 8 percent to a total of 180, compared to 167 vessels in 2017.