Ohio

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Ohio Relies on Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping

Ohio’s shoreline stretches more than 300 miles on Lake Erie. Nearly 40 million tons of inbound and outbound cargoes are handled at Ohio's nine Great Lakes ports each year.

Great Lakes Seaway shipping is critical to the state's manufacturing, mining and agricultural sectors, which rely on efficient, cost effective waterborne transportation. For example, iron ore mined in Minnesota and the upper peninsula of Michigan is delivered by lake vessel to Cleveland and used as the key raw material in steel production. Similarly, ocean-going vessels bring semi-finished steel products such as coil, wire and slab from Europe, South America and Asia to Ohio's manufacturing centers in Cleveland and Toledo. Steel is used in Ohio construction projects, automobiles, appliances, machinery and everyday consumer products. Eastern coal mined in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is loaded at Ohio's Lake Erie ports for delivery to power generation facilities throughout the Great Lakes region. Ohio farmers rely on the Great Lakes Seaway system to provide access to global markets. For example, ships load grain at the Port of Toledo for export to Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia.

Economic Impacts (In 2018 USD)

JobsPersonal IncomeBusiness RevenueLocal PurchasesTotal Taxes Paid
33,168$2.21 billion$2.72 billion$1.41 billion$838 million

Investments (In 2013 USD)

Invested in Ohio port, terminal and waterway infrastructure
$130.3 million

Ohio Port Activity

PortAnnual TonnageMajor Cargoes Handled
Ashtabula4,254,000iron ore, limestone, salt, sand/gravel, aluminum ore
Cleveland11,778,000Iron ore, limestone, sand/gravel, clay, salt, cement, iron & steel, corn, asphalt
Conneaut3,487,000limestone, iron ore, slag
Fairport Harbor1,957,000limestone, salt, sand/gravel, clay
Lorain716,000limestone, sand/gravel, clay, iron ore, coal, salt
Marblehead1,889,000limestone, sand/gravel, clay, salt
Sandusky2,247,000coal, iron ore, salt, wheat
Toledo8,900,000coal, gasoline, asphalt, coke, limestone, sand/gravel, iron ore, salt, cement, steel scrap, pig iron, aluminum, wheat, corn, soybeans


Sources:

  • The Economic Impacts of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Navigation System, 2011 – Martin Associates
  • The Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, 2017 – Martin Associates
  • Infrastructure Investment Survey of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System, 2015 – Martin Associates
  • Waterborne Commerce of the United States, Part III, 2013 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Waterborne Commerce of the United States, 2018 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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