Case Study

Conneaut: An Economical Superport

Written by Soros, P. edited by mhd on 1. Nov. 2023
The Pittsburgh and Conneaut Dock Co.'s ore and coal bulk handling facility at Conneaut, Ohio on Lake Erie, Is one of the largest bulk terminals in the world. The author describes the design philosophy and the various construction stages of this superport and shows why and how economical terminal charges could be achieved. The main reason for this, in addition to highly competent port management is the combination of high production great reliability and low operating costs with minimum investment.

Conneaut is one of the world's largest and most economical bulk terminals.

It is a public facility owned by private enterprise. It received no subsidies, and no part of it was built by public funds. Nevertheless, Conneaut is one of the lowest cost bulk terminal operations. Terminal charges are $1.19 per ton of coal for railroad unloading, stockpiling and shiploading [1]. It charges USD1.40 per ton of iron ore from vessel to stockpile to railroad [2].

Obviously, this requires highly competent management. Indeed, the computerized preventive maintenance systems developed at Conneaut received extensive treatment in the technical literature [3]. However from an economic viewpoint the fact that Conneaut succeeded in keeping capital costs to a minimum was crucial and is the subject of this paper.

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