Ports of Indiana has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify potential operators for the general cargo terminal at Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon. The 11-acre facility includes three warehouses totaling 90,000 square-feet, potential connections to five Class I railroads, and a 60-ton dual lift crane capable of transloading cargoes between warehouse, barge, truck, and rail.
“The Mount Vernon crane terminal is a unique multimodal facility that is strategically located at the median center of the U.S. population,” said Jason May, port director at Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon. “This terminal connects the country’s busiest inland port district with as many as five Class I railroads, just 20 miles from the new I-69 Canada-to-Mexico highway coordinator. We’re looking for a partner that can maximize this facility’s potential to increase general cargo shipments and grow the regional economy.”
The terminal underwent $2.5 million in upgrades in recent years, including a new 60-ton electric crane installed in 2020, a barge winch system installed in 2023, a complete concrete floor replacement in 2019, and upgraded fire suppression system.
The 75-foot-wide crane can service multiple rail spurs and truck lanes on the upper and lower riverbank areas and extends more than 700 feet from barge berth into a 53,000-sq.ft. warehouse. The facility could be operated on as much as 11 acres, including two additional adjacent warehouses and 3 acres of outdoor storage area.
The port has barge fleeting and rail switching companies on site, as well as more 600 acres of industrial sites available for future business development and expansion.
“Ports of Indiana is looking for more than just a breakbulk stevedore,” May said. “The terminal operator would be expected to grow and diversify shipments, partner with the port on facility expansions, and drive projects that create significant economic benefits for the regional economy.”
The RFQ seeks qualifications from companies interested in operating the crane terminal with responses due by July 7.
About Ports of Indiana: Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. For more information visit portsofindiana.com or on Twitter at @PortsofIndiana.