Paducah-McCracken Riverport is a state-of-the-art full-service public terminal serving river transport from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and the world. Located where the Ohio River, Cumberland River, and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Paducah-McCracken Riverport is under 50 miles from the great Mississippi River. The northernmost ice-free river port in the United States, cargo moves through Paducah-McCracken Riverport throughout the year. With a central location in the US, Paducah-McCracken Riverport connects America's heartland with New Orleans, Mobile, and the Gulf of Mexico. Paducah-McCracken Riverport boasts that it is within a day of 65% of the country's population and many major US markets.
Paducah-McCracken Riverport is located on the city's I-24 Loop, giving it quick access to nearby interstate highways and parkways. About 15 truck lines have terminals near Paducah-McCracken Riverport. Paducah-McCracken Riverport is served by the Paducah & Louisville regional railroad and the nationwide CSX Rail Transport, and its facilities support train-to-barge loading. Eighteen towboat operators are located in Paducah-McCracken Riverport.
With a 48-acre site, Paducah-McCracken Riverport can handle large cargo volumes. A 125-ton American crane facilitates movement of bulk aggregates, ores, grains, and fertilizers. Paducah-McCracken Riverport facilities permit truck-to-barge loading and transport of liquid fertilizers, and a storage warehouse on the property can store up to 10.5 thousand tons of fertilizers. With more than 27 acres of outdoor storage areas, Paducah-McCracken Riverport can handle huge material volumes of products like aluminum ingots, bulk aggregates, and grains.
Paducah-McCracken Riverport provides packaging and distribution services for bulk products in bags with from 100- to 4,000-pound capacity. The port's belt systems can move as many as 500 tons per hour from dock to storage areas and warehouses.
Paducah-McCracken Riverport has three dock facilities that can handle as many as four barges carrying different bulk and general cargoes. A 2.3 thousand square meter (25 thousand square foot) dockside staging area can accommodate goods of any size. The liquid cargo tank facility supports both barge-to-rail and barge-to-truck transfers.
Paducah-McCracken Riverport handles a wide range of bulk, grain, and aggregate cargoes. Among the major cargoes passing through Paducah-McCracken Riverport are aggregates, building materials, dry bulk and liquid fertilizers, steel rolls and beams, containers, veneer logs, finished lumber, wood products, pulpwood, agricultural feeds and grains, fuels and other petroleum products, coal and ores, zircon sand, aluminum, and palletized cargo.
Paducah-McCracken Riverport offers a total of 701 meters (2300 feet) of river frontage. Paducah-McCracken Riverport offers complete fleeting and switching services and ample warehouse and outdoor storage space. Paducah-McCracken Riverport has several mooring facilities that can handle many barges with different cargoes at one time.
On-site warehouse capacity is greater than 14 thousand tons of bulk cargo, and some 3.3 thousand square meters (36 thousand square feet) of warehouse capacity is available. Paducah-McCracken Riverport has 27 acres of outside storage capable of handling 100 thousand tons of material, and the port has additional space to increase this capacity.
Paducah-McCracken Riverport is served by a 125-ton American crane with a 5-yard clam bucket for bulk cargoes, a 20-ton Linden crane for general cargo, and a cumulative capacity for over 2.6 million cumulative gallons of liquid cargo.
The City of Paducah owns and operates a Municipal Wharf to moor excursion and other vessels. This Paducah-McCracken Riverport wharf has berthing space of 183 meters (600 feet) with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (9 feet) NPE. The City of Paducah owns a second Municipal Wharf for landing of excursion vessels and loading/unloading of passengers. This second Paducah-McCracken Riverport Municipal Wharf has berthing space of 137 meters (450 feet) with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (9 feet) NPE.
The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority owns and operates a public wharf for shipping general cargo, logs, grain alcohol, steel products, and a variety of bulk materials like sand, petroleum coke, and salt among others. The wharf has a 2.7 thousand square meter (30 thousand square foot) open storage area, a 2.3 thousand square meter (25 thousand square foot) warehouse, and two steel storage buildings for bulk materials that have a combined area of 1.4 thousand square meters (15.2 thousand square feet). The wharf can moor six barges at one time. This Paducah-McCracken Riverport wharf has berthing space of 213 meters (700 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet) NPE.
The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority's Paducah Wharf serves several companies. Ingram Materials Company uses a section with berthing space of 59 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet) NPE for receiving dry bulk commodities. Two timber domes have capacity for 5700 tons of bulk cargo. The timber warehouse can store 10 thousand tons, and the open storage area can accommodate 120 thousand tons. Ingram Barge Company uses a section of the wharf with berthing space of 213 meters (700 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) NPE to moor company owned towboats and barges.