OSWEGO – Anyone in the city of Oswego in the past year and a half has seen local cranes, trucks and construction workers heading towards the port.
Over the past 18 months, the Port has invested more than $3.5 million in dock upgrades and that number will double by the end of next year, said William Scriber, Executive Director, CEO, Port of Oswego Authority (POA).
“We are committed to making the Port an efficient and modern facility that will support our current and future customers,” Scriber said. “By investing in these improvements, we are better able to meet the needs of customers like Novelis and Anderson Grain, and perhaps new customers like Micron.
At times this season, the port has had two ships docked to load and unload commodities such as grain, aluminum, potash and wind turbine parts. Ongoing improvements to the harbor’s eastern wharf will increase the number of ships that can dock there at the same time and allow two ships and a barge to dock simultaneously.
“We are planning a short sea container shipping service, and we are in the final stages of applying for a grant for a multi-million dollar rail and warehouse upgrade that will include shore power and green energy,” Scriber said. “Obviously, our investments in the port of over $21 million over the last (several or seven?) years are gaining traction in the Great Lakes with a number of new customers looking to come to Oswego, this which means jobs for our local economy. »
The Port of Oswego’s strategic location at the crossroads of North America’s northeast shipping market places it within 350 miles of 60 million people. As one of the most productive ports on the Great Lakes, the port supports 209 local jobs, $26.7 million in economic activity, and $13.8 million in personal income and local consumer spending.