Shipping, Ferry and Port Information
| Water Facts
- Ohio truly is a Maritime State with 716 miles of navigable waterways surrounding the state on three sides.
- Ohio is 8th in the Nation for total water tonnage moved
- Ohio’s maritime ports and river terminals handle over 103 million tons of commodities valued at $11 Billion worth of cargo per year.
- Ohio’s Lake Erie and Ohio River ferry boat lines move over one and a half million passengers along with hundreds of thousands of freight tons of cargo per year
Lake Erie System
- 265 Miles of coast line
- The Lake Erie System is responsible for 40.6 million tons of commodities valued at $3.6 Billion moving to, from and within Ohio (2008)
- Lake Erie traffic in Ohio is dominated by electric utility, steel, and manufacturing industries which relies on waterways to ship coal, limestone, and iron ore
- Canada and Europe, Ohio’s two largest trade partners are accessible via the Lake Erie System. Via the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, Ohio’s northern ports have direct access to the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Canada’s industrial heartland to the north and Minnesota’s iron ranges to the west.
Ohio River System
- 451 Miles of coast line
- The Ohio River System is responsible for 63 million tons of commodities valued at $7.4 Billion moving to, from and within Ohio (2008)
- Ohio River traffic in Ohio is dominated by the electric utility industry which relies on waterways to ship coal to more than 19 water-served power plants
- Ohio’s River Terminals also provide access to the Gulf of Mexico, markets in Central and South America, the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Pacific Ocean and Asian markets via the Panama Canal