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updated: 10/23/2013 7:26 AM

Burns Harbor shipments to be highest in 6 years

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PORTAGE, Ind. -- Shipments at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor are on pace to reach the highest annual total in more than six years.

The Times of Muster reports total tonnage that passed through the port on Lake Michigan near Portage jumped 16 percent in September. Port Director Rich Heimann says steel and steel-related byproducts are behind the increase.

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Scrap metal shipments to Great Lakes ports were up 22 percent in September and grain posted the biggest gain, making a 27 percent year-to-date increase over the same period last year.

The shipping season ends soon.

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