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The Port of Chicago’s First International Vessel of 2024 Jumpstarts the Great Lakes Shipping Season

IIPD Board Chair Ivan Solls

Posted on April 8, 2024

The Illinois International Port District (IIPD) welcomed its first international vessel of the 2024 shipping season on Friday morning at Iroquois Landing, otherwise known as the Port of Chicago.

The Wagenborg M/V Beatrix imported steel from Europe which is primarily used for manufacturing.

This year, one of the IIPD’s main exports will be carbon-free – or “green” steel – made in the United States and shipped all over the world, impacting the global economy. Shippers will also notice some changes within the IIPD as it continues to work toward its first -ever Master Plan. Work scheduled for 2024 includes the replacement of warehouse roofs, updated lighting and the reconstruction of the IIPD’s through street, Butler Drive.

“The exports that come from the IIPD are revolutionary and reduce environmental impact worldwide. We’re proud of Chicago’s role in supplying this product. At the same time, we continue to rebuild our Port and attract new tenants who will also positively impact the global supply chain,” said IIPD Executive Director, Erik Varela.

Providing access from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Gulf of Mexico, the IIPD is an economic engine for the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the world. More than $475 million worth of goods travels through the IIPD annually, generating millions in tax revenue.

“I’m proud to have the greatest multimodal facility in North America here in my ward. I know the work put into this facility will keep Chicago one of the best Great Lakes facilities for generations to come,” said Chicago’s 10 th Ward Alderman Peter Chico.

The Great Lakes shipping season runs through October. The IIPD expects to see 50 vessels and several hundred barges at its docks in 2024.

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