Cleveland, Ohio (May 12, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met today and approved the installation of artistic lighting on cement silos near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River as part of the Port’s continuing effort to beautify Cleveland Harbor. In addition, the Board discussed a busy agenda that included key maritime, infrastructure, and development finance matters. 2016.05.12 Full Press Release
Cleveland, OH (May 10, 2016) – The Port of Cleveland and The Lubrizol Corporation, one of Ohio’s largest exporters to Europe, today announced the maker of specialty chemicals is now exporting products directly to Europe through Cleveland’s Port. Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company headquartered in Wickliffe Ohio, is now shipping container loads of specialty chemicals produced at its facilities in Northeast Ohio via the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) service. The CEE service, a partnership between the Port of Cleveland and the Spliethoff Group of the Netherlands, is the only scheduled ocean service between the Great Lakes, Europe and points beyond. 2016.05.10 Full Press Release
The need to stabilize Irishtown Bend remains a critical infrastructure issue for Cleveland. The section of riverbank along the Cuyahoga River threatens to collapse into the navigation channel, jeopardizing thousands of jobs in maritime-dependent industries, multi-million dollar developments, and plans for a transformative riverfront trail.
With 18,000 maritime-related jobs in Cleveland, Irish Town Bend’s instability poses a major threat to the local economy. Of particular concern are the 2,000+ jobs upstream of the site at ArcelorMittal Cleveland’s steel mill. A collapse would directly impact the mill, which needs access to key natural resources that can only be shipped efficiently by water.
Planned and in process development in nearby Ohio City could also be harmed by a collapse including the West 25th Street Lofts and the Snavely Group’s planned development for the intersection of West 25th and Detroit.
Tom McNair, executive director of Ohio City, Inc., said Irish Town Bend’s instability is a critical neighborhood issue, complicating future development in the area. But stabilizing the hillside also presents an opportunity to create a new waterfront and active living amenity.
Also, Irish Town Bend’s instability is currently holding up completion of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail, which will connect Wendy Park to the 110-mile Towpath Trail National Park System along the Cuyahoga. That unified trail will serve as another key tourist attraction while also providing recreation and waterfront access for residents.
A Port of Cleveland-commissioned study has determined a reasonable, cost-effective solution to stabilize the bank and the Port is currently working to secure funds to put the fix into action. That includes a request for $4 million from the State of Ohio’s biennial capital budget. Those public infrastructure dollars would kick start efforts to energize additional public-private funds.
Local partners such as the Greater Cleveland Partnership has voiced support for the Port’s capital budget request, and The Plain Dealer editorial board also recently agreed on the need for public dollars to be involved.
Those interested in finding out more about this issue or attending the hearing can contact Jade Davis, Port VP of External Affairs at Jade.Davis@portofcleveland.com.
Cleveland, Ohio (February 11, 2016) – The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Trustees met today to approve a busy agenda focused on development finance, maritime operations, infrastructure, and future planning. The Port also welcomed the addition of two new appointees to the Board of Trustees who bring critical expertise in business, manufacturing, and finance.
In development finance, the Board authorized the issuance of up to $80 million in bonds that will be used to fund a portion of construction costs for the One University Circle development. The project is a mixed-use, 533,000 square foot redevelopment of a 1.9-acre site in University Circle that formerly was the home of the Children’s Museum. One University Circle will include over 280 residential units for rent, along with dedicated parking and significant ground floor retail. At 20 stories and a total cost of $115 million, the project is the most significant high-rise residential project in Cleveland in decades. Full Press Release 02.11.2016
Port request, supported by bipartisan Congressional coalition, would have modified federal policy to prevent open lake dumping of potentially harmful sediment
Cleveland, Ohio – February 2, 2016: The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continued its campaign to dump potentially harmful sediment into Lake Erie today when it rejected the Port of Cleveland’s request to modify federal policy to prevent the practice. The Port’s request was made as part of the USACE’s annual report to the U.S. Congress as mandated by the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Full Release 2.03.2016
Board agenda also includes key maritime and development finance items
Cleveland, Ohio (December 14, 2015) – The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors met last week to discuss a busy agenda, with the highlight being the approval of the Port’s 2016 budget. The new budget will maintain existing levels of revenue and spending, setting the stage for continued growth in cargo volume with steady expenses.
“2015 has been a great year for the Port of Cleveland,” said Port of Cleveland Board Chairman Chris Ronayne. “The Board of Directors is encouraged by the progress we have made to position ourselves as a global, green port on the Great Lakes. We look forward to even greater things in 2016 as we continue to strategically invest in maritime operations that benefits our regional economy.” 2015.12.14 Full Press Release
Supported by bipartisan Congressional coalition, updates would protect Lake Erie from potential environmental contamination
Cleveland, Ohio November 17, 2015: The Port of Cleveland recently petitioned the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to modify the description of the Cleveland Harbor navigation project in law to prevent sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River from being placed in Lake Erie. That request has now been supported by a bipartisan group of six US Congressional Representatives from Ohio. The effort comes on the heels of a plan by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for open lake dumping of potentially contaminated river sediment in the open waters of Lake Erie.
To keep the Cuyahoga River deep enough for large commercial ships, up to 250,000 cubic yards of sediment must be dredged annually from the riverbed and harbor. Traditionally, sediment has been placed in confined disposal facilities (CDFs) due to concerns about contamination from the river’s historic industrial use and other sources. Although river sediments are now far less contaminated than in the past, recent testing still shows trace levels of the toxin PCB, which accumulates in the food chain, including Lake Erie fish. 2015.11.17 Full Press Release
Award presented as part of dynamic board agenda including maritime, infrastructure, and development finance items
Cleveland, Ohio (September 10, 2015) – The Port of Cleveland was presented with a Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) this morning at its monthly board meeting. The Pacesetter award recognizes the dramatic growth in international cargo, generated by the Port’s Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service and its traditional line of non-containerized steel cargo. Operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group, the CEE provides the Great Lakes only scheduled maritime access to European markets. 2015.09.10 Full Press Release
Cleveland, Ohio: The Port of Cleveland has hired Jade Davis as Vice President of External Affairs.
Davis, 34, begins on September 10, 2015 and will be responsible for implementing and managing the Port’s government relations and communications efforts. The position will focus on local, state and federal issues of concern to the Port, stakeholder engagement and strategic media efforts. Davis comes from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), based in Washington DC, where he served as Senior Director of State Affairs and Outreach. He will take on this new leadership role, beginning September 10, and will report directly to Port CEO William Friedman. 2015.08.12 Full Press Release
Board agenda includes milestones in maritime, development finance, infrastructure, and environmental initiatives
Cleveland, Ohio (July 9, 2015) – The Board of Directors for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met today to receive an update on impressive maritime figures and approve an agenda including additional milestones in development financing and environmental remediation of the Cuyahoga River. Since launching last year, the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group has positioned the Port as a leader on the Great Lakes, and recent data supports the value of the strategic investment. 2015.07.10 Full Press Release