The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is an independent unit of government responsible for promoting economic and cultural life, transportation, housing, and research within its jurisdiction. By state law, the port authority for the Port of Cincinnati has broad powers that make it a valuable tool for economic growth. The port authority for the Port of Cincinnati can acquire property; build, own, lease, and sell real property; issue revenue bonds for facilities and improvements; levy voted taxes; receive federal and state grants and loans; and cooperate with other governmental agencies. The Port of Cincinnati's port authority operates and charges for the use of its facilities that include transportation, recreation, cultural, and government facilities. It establishes and operates foreign trade zones. The port authority for the Port of Cincinnati is also maintains and improves channels, rivers, and other water courses.
In the summer of 2012, the Port of Cincinnati announced its intentions to bring new shipping activities to the port. Recognizing that the current 42-kilometer (26-mile) designated riverfront is using only 30% of its capacity for commerce, the Port of Cincinnati began an audit to identify business opportunities and enhance its status as a commercial port and to expand the ports jurisdiction and facilities in Hamilton County. The Port of Cincinnati port authority will work with the Northern Kentucky Port Authority to attract more shipping and with the US Army Corps of Engineers to redesignate port boundaries.
The port authority has four main goals for the Port of Cincinnati: identifying the private terminal operators and their operations, assessing land uses adjacent to the river, identify the raw materials and commodities currently passing through the region, and to identify the origins and destinations of the materials and commodities. The Port of Cincinnati will then analyze the data collected and develop and action plan that will focus on the equipment and infrastructure needs of existing and new terminals.
The Port of Cincinnati is specialized to load and unload breakbulk cargoes. The Port of Cincinnati can move bagged minerals, steel cargo, and palletized goods in a multimodal facility that can off-load from barge to rail or truck. The Port of Cincinnati contains over an acre of inside storage at its facility and about ten acres of outside storage. The Port of Cincinnati operates an off-site warehouse that adds more than seven acres of inside storage to its facilities. Services offered by the Port of Cincinnati include shrink wrapping, rebundling of steel products, and re-packaging of general cargo. The Port of Cincinnati has a railroad car shaker, a 10-ton indoor overhead crane, and mobile tracks for rail cars.
The Greater Cincinnati Marine Service Inc., a subsidiary of Carlisle Construction Company, owns and operates the Ludlow Dock in the Port of Cincinnati to moor barges and to handle equipment and supplies. The fleeting area has capacity for 20 barges. With alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet), the Port of Cincinnati's Ludlow Dock has berthing distance of 59.4 and 244 meters (195 and 800 feet).
The Port of Cincinnati Bulk Terminals (CBT) is a private company and a full-service tri-modal river terminal that provides barge, truck, and rail access for bulk, breakbulk, and general cargoes. Located west of downtown Port of Cincinnati, CBT has two facilities with four docks and 1.6 kilometers (more than a mile) of riverfront along the Ohio. The facilities have direct access to the CSX and Indiana & Ohio (I&O) Railroad, and CBT has a certified rail scale on their I&O spur.
The Port of Cincinnati's CBT boasts a turnkey coal distribution facility with a stoker plant that can size and blend coal to meet customers' needs. The facility has three unloading docks and one loading dock for barges on-site. This Port of Cincinnati facility has ground storage capacity for 200 thousand tons of coal, and it has 24 coal silos and a coal storage building. Annual capacity at the terminal is 1.5 million tons.
CBT in the Port of Cincinnati handles a range of bulk materials that include ores, metals, alloys, coke, and aggregate. CBT has capacity to handle two million tons per year. This Port of Cincinnati facility unloads barges for rail or truck shipment, and it can receive and out-load materials for barge shipment. The facility has more than 35 acres of storage area and is equipped to handle different commodities at the same time.
The Port of Cincinnati's CBT has capacity to handle heavy-lift cargoes as well. Cargo can be directly loaded to truck or transported for loading to railcar. Other services offered by the CBT in the Port of Cincinnati include screening bulk products, rebundling steel products, and re-packaging general cargo.
Hatfield Terminal Inc. owns and operates the Port of Cincinnati's Hatfield Terminal Unloading Dock to receive coal, coke, and other dry bulk cargo. With capacity to moor 20 barges, the terminal has an open storage area at the rear of the dock with capacity for 150 thousand tons of coal. Two surface rail tracks serve the terminal and connect with CSX Rail Transport. The Port of Cincinnati's Hatfield Terminal Unloading Dock has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet).
Hatfield Terminal Inc. also owns and operates the Hatfield Terminal Grain Dock in the Port of Cincinnati to ship grains. A grain elevator owned by Central Soya Company Inc. at the rear of the dock has four steel tanks with total capacity for 120 bushels. There are two surface rail tracks that serve this Port of Cincinnati terminal and connect with CSX Rail Transport. The Port of Cincinnati's Hatfield Grain Dock has berthing distance of 135.6 meters (445 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet).
Hatfield Terminal, Inc. owns and operates the Hatfield Terminal Loading Dock in the Port of Cincinnati to ship grain and other dry bulk materials. The storage building at the rear of the dock can store three thousand tons of dry bulk material. Two surface tracks serve the terminal and connect with CSX. This Port of Cincinnati Loading Dock has berthing distance of 59.4 meter (195 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet).
Hilltop Basic Resources Inc. owns and operates the Port of Cincinnati River Terminal Wharf to receive gravel, sand, and crushed limestone. The terminal has an open storage area with capacity for 200 thousand tons of material, and there is a ready-mix concrete plant at the terminal with two truck-loading stations. The Port of Cincinnati River Terminal Wharf has berthing distance of 201 meters (660 feet) with alongside depths of 3.7 and 4.6 meters (12 and 15 feet).
The Noramco Terminals Corporation owns and operates their own wharf in the Port of Cincinnati to receive and occasionally ship palletized general cargo, steel products, and lumber. Cargo is unloaded directly onto trucks at the terminal. This Port of Cincinnati terminal has about five acres of open storage area and about 1858 square meters (20 thousand square feet) of covered storage. This Port of Cincinnati wharf has berthing distance of 33.2 meters (109 feet) with alongside depth of 5.2 meters (17 feet).
The David J. Joseph Company owns and operates its own docks in the Port of Cincinnati to ship scrap metal. There is a scrap metal processing plant in the rear and an open storage area for about ten thousand tons of scrap metal. Four surface rail tracks serve the processing facility and connect with CSX. This Port of Cincinnati facility has berthing distances of 48.8 and 9.1 meters (160 and 30 feet), both with alongside depth of three meters (10 feet).
Valley Terminal-Cincinnati owns and operates the Port of Cincinnati Dock to receive and ship steel products and building materials. The terminal can moor 64 barges at downstream shore moorings, and there is a 2787 square meter (30 thousand square foot) warehouse with capacity for four thousand tons of material at the rear of the dock. Six surface rail tracks with capacity for 14 cars serve the terminal and connect with CSX. This Port of Cincinnati facility has berthing distance of 54.9 meters (180 feet) with alongside depth of 9.1 meters (30 feet).
The City of Cincinnati owns and operates the Port of Cincinnati Public Landing Wharf to moor the showboat Majestic. The concrete bank is a parking lot. The Public Landing Wharf in the Port of Cincinnati has berthing distance of 182.9 meters (600 feet) with alongside depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet).
BB Riverboats owns and operates the BB Riverboats Dock in the Port of Cincinnati to moor excursion boats and board passengers. The wharf is next to the Covington Landing floating entertainment complex in the Port of Cincinnati. Operating the Becky Thatcher, Mark Twain, Cincinnati-Covington Funliner, and Kon Tiki. BB Riverboats offers a variety of cruises including dinner, sightseeing, holiday, and specialty cruises as well as private charter cruises. The BB Riverboats Dock in the Port of Cincinnati has berthing distance of 97.5 meters (320 feet) with alongside depth of three meters (10 feet).
The ContainerPort Group (CPG) was established in 1971 to offer inland terminal and cargo transportation services to shippers and railroads moving containerized cargoes. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, CPG has a network of 17 terminal facilities in 14 US markets. In the Port of Cincinnati, CPG offers intermodal container drayage, warehousing, logistics, and terminal and rail operations. The company also provides container, chassis, and trailer maintenance and repair services as well as sales of containers and equipment.
The CPG facility began operations in the Port of Cincinnati in 1978. Providing trucking, depot, and warehousing services, CPG's facilities cover 22 acres including a 12-door 1393 square meter (15 thousand square foot) warehouse and a four-bay repair shop. The CPG facility in the Port of Cincinnati is equipped with 20 standard chassis, ten triaxle chassis, and two 12.2-meter (40-foot) combo chassis. The facility also has an empty container lift, two yard switchers, forklifts, and 45 trucks.
CPG also has a Port of Cincinnati facility on Sharon Road that opened in 1997. Offering depot services, this 25-acre facility offers on-site intermodal services that link to Norfolk Southern. This Port of Cincinnati CPG facility has 33 standard chassis and ten triaxle chassis. The facility is equipped with two empty container lifts, a forklift, three yard switchers, and a four-bay shop with two mobile units.