Port of Indiana-Burns delivers beer tanks
Each cylindrical brewery tank can hold the equivalent of 800 barrels of beer, or the equivalent of 198,400 pints of beer.
Date 18 September 2018
The port of Indiana-Burns recently took delivery of 12 brewery tanks for a Michigan beer producer on board of the bulk carrier M/V Federal Mackinac.
Each cylindrical brewery tank can hold the equivalent of 800 barrels of beer, or the equivalent of 198,400 pints of beer and weighs 25,353 pounds, which is equivalent of 11.5 metric tons. A tank is 40 feet long and 14 feet in diameter. The total weight for this cargo is 304,235 pounds or 138 metric tons.
The port has become an international hub for ‘heavy lift’ and ‘project cargo’ because of its ocean access and proximity to the U.S. Heartland. Shipments of brewery tanks are not as common at the port as coal, limestone, steel and agricultural products, but they are an example of the specialized type of shipment and growing trend of project cargo the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is capable of handling. In the last three years, the port has handled dozens of brewery tanks in five separate shipments.
The stainless-steel tanks arrived from an international manufacturer and were discharged from the M/V Federal Mackinac by Federal Marine Terminal’s shore crane into a storage area. The brewery tanks will then be loaded onto heavy-haul semi-trucks for final delivery.
Federal Marine Terminals unloads the large project cargoes at this port, with labor provided by the International Longshoremen’s Association and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Source Ports of Indiana