By Frank Lewis
The Port of South Point, the new river Port in South Point, will be officially dedicated for business on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Dr. Bill Dingus, director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation in Lawrence County, Ohio, said the transportation benefits provided by the inland port system are two-fold. One benefit is that it provides a capacity-expansion alternative for traditional seaports with limited options for physical growth. The additional capacity allows for off-site storage and/or transfer facilities, reducing delays commonly attributed to size and capacity limitations such as dwell time, loading delays, and unloading delays. A second benefit of the system is that it removes freight traffic from local surface transportation facilities.
“This benefit is particularly significant where a traditional seaport is located in a dense central business district or major metropolitan area,” Dingus said. “A specific connector between the traditional port and the inland port removes trucks from congested highways and also allows for expanded passenger rail service.”
Such an enterprise requires at least the following six conditions:
- Political force and public support for economic development and job creation with an institutional framework that has the capacity to finance major infrastructure improvements.
- A well educated and highly trained work force.
- An integrated transportation grid with many modes of transport such as highways, rail, air, and water.
- Sufficient industrial sites located within close proximity to the Port, such as The Point Industrial Park.
- Infrastructure capacity allowing for expanding cargo facilities, existing rail lines and spurs, relatively unencumbered highway providing direct access to airports, shipping hubs and metro areas.
- Opportunities to support new manufacturing to establish a better balance of trade maximizing efficient use of facilities by introducing the export of new manufactured products.
“We surpass the bar in all categories,” Dingus said. “We are ready to provide global access for vehicle to vessel transport.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.