Includes Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the Northern Kentucky Port Authority
NEWPORT, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2015) — The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the Northern Kentucky Port Authority announced formal final approval to re-designate the Port of Cincinnati to include a larger geographic region.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued approval for modification of the Port of Cincinnati 26-mile statistical boundary and changing of the name to The Ports of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.
The port district now includes a 226.5 mile reach of the Ohio River, including a 7-mile reach of the Licking River, in 15 counties.
The port authorities estimate that The Ports of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky will rank among the top 20 U.S. ports by annual freight tonnage and the 2nd busiest inland U.S. port, as measured by U.S. Army Corps, which publishes the information annually. The Army Corps collects and regularly publishes waterborne commerce statistical data and reports on commodity tonnages handled within more than 100 defined port areas.
The Port of Cincinnati in 2012 was listed 51st in U.S. Army Corps statistical reporting, ranked by total freight tonnage. The port authorities expect The Ports of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky will reflect more than 48 million freight tons handled and rise to the 15th busiest port district and the second-busiest inland river port in the United States. The new port tonnages will officially begin with the calendar year 2014 database and publications.
The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky port authorities submitted the proposal to the U.S. Army Engineer District, Louisville, in April 2014. The proposal included the support of 15 counties total: Ohio (Scioto, Adams, Brown, Clermont and Hamilton) and Kentucky (Lewis, Mason, Bracken, Pendleton, Campbell, Kenton, Boone, Gallatin, Carroll and Trimble), along with the support of congressional representatives, general assemblies.