The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority governs and operates the Port of Toledo. Founded in 1955, it was the first port authority in the State of Ohio. (Today, there are over 20 port authorities in the state.) The port authority is responsible for three areas: maritime and aviation transportation and development.
The Port of Toledo is the largest seaport by area on the Great Lakes, and it is well-placed as an inland distribution center linked to North American markets by rail, road, water, air, and pipeline. The international seaport is trading partner to Mexico, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Asia.
The Port of Toledo offers over 11 kilometers of seaway draft waterfront with direct links to the full range of transportation modes. The Port of Toledo handles all types of cargo, including bulk, breakbulk, containers, and project cargo. Cargoes range from corn to coal and metal products, and the Port of Toledo offers a team of experienced stevedores and professionals able to provide complete and outstanding services to their customers. The Port of Toledo Shipyard contains dry dock and a high-bay fabrication shop to repair, maintain, inspect, and construct vessels.
The Grain and Aggregates Complex at the Port of Toledo handles corn, wheat, and soybeans at three riverfront grain terminals with capacity to store over 35 million cubic meters of cargo. The Toledo area has total grain storage capacity for more than 88 million cubic meters. The Andersons, Kuhlman Drive Facility can accommodate vessels up to 304.8 meters long with alongside depth of 8.1 meters, and it has storage capacity for over 11 million cubic meters. It is served by direct rail with a 65-car track loading capacity. The Andersons, Edwin Drive Facility in the Port of Toledo can accommodate vessels to 274.3 meters long, and capacity to store over nine million cubic meters, and is served by direct rail with 100-car track loading capacity.
The ADM Grain Company facility in the Port of Toledo has two berths with capacity to serve all seaway draft ships. The facility can load vessels at 3000 metric tons per hour and can serve self-unloading vessels at a rate of 1600 metric tons per hour. The ADM facility has capacity to store 330 thousand metric tons and offers 228 storage bins to segregate commodities.
The Hansen Mueller Company's Port of Toledo Facility processes oat and barley cargoes, with capability to clean, bag, grind, process, and store bulk grain cargoes. Kraft Foods' facility at the Port of Toledo, which serves self-unloading lake trading vessels and barges, has capacity for over eight million metric tons of grain.
Cement cargoes at the Port of Toledo are handled by three operators: St. Marys Cement Inc., Kuhlman Cement, and Lafarge Cement. St. Marys Cement's dock is 80.8 meters long with seaway draft and storage capacity for about 13 thousand metric tons. Lafarge Cement, a wholesale cement distribution facility, offers 158.5 meters of dock for standard use with draft of 5.8 meters at dock's edge and 9.1 meters at the channel. The Lafarge facility has capacity for 10.9 metric tons of cargo.
Arms Dock handles aggregates at the Port of Toledo, with 6.1 hectares of paved storage and 5.4 thousand square meters of warehouse capacity. The facility has on-dock rail connections with CSX and in-house trucking for bulk materials. Midwest Terminals operates a rail ballast dock of 609.6 meters and draft of 8.2 meters. The facility covers 6.1 hectares and offers on-dock rail service. The City Dock contains bulk storage of salt for use by the city.
The Port of Toledo boasts a world-class Coal and Iron Ore Center. Its modern facilities at the mouth of the Maumee River have one of the world's greatest capacity for handling these products. The facilities serve self-unloading lake vessels of up to 304.8 meters long from Lake Superior and overseas ports, and the ore goes directly to steel mills in Ohio.
Coal is loaded at the Port of Toledo CSX Transportation Docks. The CSX coal-loading facility contains a 304+ meter dock with seaway draft and on-dock rail service. The CSX iron ore receiving facility in the Port of Toledo serves self-unloading vessels at a 304+ meter dock with seaway draft. The iron ore facility has on-ground capacity for one million tons of cargo, and handling capacity for up to six million tons a year.
The Port of Toledo's Overseas Cargo Center is an important intermodal hub that serves the Midwest United States with connections to marine, road, rail, and air transportation. The 60-hectare cargo center borders over 1.5 kilometers of straight-line wharf on the mouth of the Maumee River on Lake Erie. The Cargo Center at the Port of Toledo handles widest variety of cargoes of the Great Lakes ports, and it offers abundant covered and open storage. The Cargo Center is a foreign trade zone area, and the port authority will customize sites for specific international trade needs.
The Port of Toledo handles general cargoes that include bulk, breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargoes, containers, metals, steel, and lumber. Some of the grain cargoes through the Port of Toledo include corn, beans, wheat, oats, fertilizers, and distillers dried grains. The Port of Toledo handles a wide range of liquid cargoes that include jet fuel, biofuels, and liquid asphalt. Aggregate cargoes include sand, salt, stone, rail ballast, and many others.
General cargo facilities in the Port of Toledo are operated by Midwest Terminals of Toledo International and Kuhlman. The Midwest Terminal complex at the mouth of the Maumee River covers over 44 hectares of land, including more than 62 thousand square meters of warehouse, including temperature controlled space. The complex contains seven berths on 1.3 thousand meters of dock and is equipped with the latest equipment to provide efficient service. On-dock rails serve all berths, and the complex is protected by a comprehensive security system. Part of the Port of Toledo Foreign Trade Zone #8, the Midwest Terminals facility is listed on the London Metal Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Kuhlman general cargo facility contains about 200 meters of berthing space, over one hectare of covered warehouse with segregated bins, and almost six hectares of outside dock storage.
Five operators handle petroleum products. BP-Husky Refining LLC operates the Toledo Refinery Marine Dock in the Foreign Trade Zone. Among others, the facility handles gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel and is equipped with barge and pipeline access. Arc Terminals Holdings LLC-Toledo operates a petroleum products distribution center. Shelly Liquid Division handles specialty asphalt products and is served by truck and barge. Seneca Petroleum Company has docking facilities with a draft of five meters and pipeline for barges. The Sunoco MidAmerica M&R facility is served by truck and barge and has a draft of 4.9 meters.
Ironhead Marine, Inc. operates the Port of Toledo Shipyard, offering full-service marine repairs that include construction, conversion, and re-powering. The shipyard facility contains two graving docks of 234.1 maximum length for survey barge shipments of heavy fabrications. A new 1.9 thousand square meter High Bay Fabrication Shop is now open.