The Louisville-Jefferson County Riverport Authority (Louisville-Jefferson) is the port authority for Jefferson Riverport. The City of Louisville and the County of Jefferson jointly established Louisville-Jefferson in 1965. Shippers find a full range of port services at Jefferson Riverport including terminal services, inter-modal transfer, and on-site warehousing.
Facilities in Jefferson Riverport include a bulk commodity transfer terminal, a general cargo dock, barge fleeting, ground storage, and almost 21 kilometers (13 miles) of off- and on-site rail tracks. Jefferson Riverport is linked by the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico some 2.1 thousand kilometers (1.3 thousand miles) to the south. One of the United States' biggest stevedoring firms, Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring operates Jefferson Riverport.
Jefferson Riverport International is a planned industrial community supporting manufacturing and distribution companies. The Jefferson Riverport industrial park and Foreign Trade Zone boasts a fully-integrated port with public port facilities; outstanding access to rail, air, truck, and water transportation; efficient intermodal transfer facilities; and a Foreign Trade Zone that offers financial incentives for importers/exporters of finished goods, semi-finished products, and raw materials.
Jefferson Riverport is accessible to three interstate highways via a four-lane highway, directly linked to three railroads, and borders the Ohio River, making it an excellent location for inter-modal cargo transfers. Jefferson Riverport also offers access to the United States' huge Middle America region and a population of around 150 million consumers. Jefferson Riverport is also just 13 kilometers (eight miles) from the Louisville International Airport with its new $1.1 billion UPS Worldport. Jefferson Riverport International boasts single-line haul by three important railroads: CSX Transport, Norfolk Southern, and the Paducah & Louisville Railway.
The Jefferson Riverport's Coal Terminal offers two barge fleeting areas with total capacity for 60 barges. The Coal Terminal at Jefferson Riverport has 260 thousand net tons of ground storage and an overhead conveyor for moving coal to barge or ground storage. The conveyor can move two thousand net tons per hour. The Jefferson Riverport Coal Terminal has a variable-speed coal blending system and is served by a seven thousand meter (23 thousand foot) double-loop track with capacity for 120-car trains per track. Served by the three railroads mentioned above, the Coal Terminal at Jefferson Riverport has access to the Indiana Rail Road and Louisville and Indiana Railroad via Norfolk Southern. It also has access to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Canadian National, and Union Pacific through each of the three direct railroads.
Jefferson Riverport's Bulk Terminal handles dry bulk cargoes like grain, coal, potash, and fertilizer. Moving commodities from rail hopper cars to barges, the Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal is served by a seven thousand meter (23 thousand foot) double-loop track with capacity for 120-car trains per track. An overhead conveyor system transfers cargo to barges or ground storage, and a marine facility is available for loading barges. Each of the two barge fleeting areas at the Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal can handle a 30-barge tow.
Designed to move over four million tons of dry bulk commodities per year, the Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal is a multi-purpose facility with a 30-ton overhead crane and the ability to load/unload a wide range of materials like steel, scrap, sand, lumber, cement, and petroleum coke. The Bulk Terminal at Jefferson Riverport can also load and unload containers. The Jefferson Riverport general cargo dock uses the 30-ton crane for truck-to-barge and barge-to-truck off-loading.
The Bulk Terminal at Jefferson Riverport offers 30 acres of ground storage for iron and steel, scrap, wood products, salt, sand, palletized goods, and coal at a secure storage facility that is both fenced and staffed by a watchman 24 hours a day. Warehouse storage is available at the Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal for fertilizers. Norfolk Southern provides rail siding at the storage area.
Jefferson Riverport's Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #29 helps manufacturers and distributors develop both United States and overseas markets. Within the Jefferson Riverport FTZ are buildings designed for manufacturing and warehousing. Companies that have located in the park occupy almost ninety-three thousand square meters (one million square feet) of FTZ space. The Jefferson Riverport FTZ offers the convenience of landing and storing cargoes without the full customs formalities and limited liability for customs duties. Duty and some taxes are not due until the goods leave the FTZ.
Companies that are located within the Jefferson Riverport Industrial Park represent a variety of industries and processes:
The City of Lewisville owns the Louisville Municipal Wharf that is operated by the Belle of Louisville Operating Board to land the excursion vessels Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson, to board passengers, and to moor the office boat and other vessels. The Louisville Municipal Wharf has berthing space of 244 meters (800 feet) with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (9 feet) NPE.
The Louisville and Jefferson County Riverport Authority owns, and Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring Company operates the Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal Dock and the Jefferson Riverport General Cargo Dock. The Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal Dock ships coal and, on occasion, other bulk materials. The Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal Dock has a 240-car loop track that serves the undertrack pit at the terminal and connects with CSX Rail Transport. Lower mooring cells at the Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal Dock can handle 15 loaded barges, and the upper mooring cells can accommodate 15 empty barges. An open storage area at the rear can handle 200 thousand tons of coal. The Jefferson Riverport Bulk Terminal Dock has berthing space of 524 meters (1720 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet) NPE.
The Jefferson Riverport General Cargo Dock ships and receives general cargo and a variety of bulk materials. The open storage area at the rear of the General Cargo Dock in Jefferson Riverport has about two acres that are available for temporary use. The Jefferson Riverport General Cargo Dock has berthing space of 140 meters (460 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) NPE.
Borden Chemical, a division of Borden Inc., owns and operates the Louisville Dock in the Jefferson Riverport to receive methanol. The plant at the rear of the dock is served by four surface rail tracks that connect with the Paducah and Louisville Railroad. A pipeline connects the wharf to a 730-thousand gallon storage tank at the rear of the dock. The Borden Chemical Louisville Dock in the Jefferson Riverport has berthing space of 46 meters (150 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) NPE.
Kerr-McGee Refining Corporation (now Anadarko) owns and operates the Jefferson Riverport's Louisville Terminal Wharf to receive petroleum products and chloroform. One surface rail track at the terminal connects with CSX Rail Transport. Five pipelines connect the wharf to seven storage tanks for up to 250 thousand barrels of petroleum products and three storage tanks for almost 1.3 million gallons of chloroform. The Louisville Terminal Wharf in Jefferson Riverport has berthing space of 114 meters (375 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) NPE.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company owns the Can Run Plant Dock in Jefferson Riverport to receive slurried calcium hydroxide. The undertrack pit at the rear of the dock is served by one surface rail track that also connects with CSX Rail Transport. A pipeline connects the wharf to two storage tanks with total capacity for two million gallons. The Jefferson Riverport's Can Run Plant Dock has berthing space of 61 meters (200 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) NPE.
Marathon Oil Company owns and operates Jefferson Riverport's Louisville Asphalt Terminal Wharf where it receives asphalt. This Jefferson Riverport wharf is connected by one pipeline to seven storage tanks at the terminal with total capacity for 140 thousand barrels. This Jefferson Riverport wharf has berthing space of 55 meters (180 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet) NPE.
Rhom and Haas Kentucky Inc. owns and operates the Jefferson Riverport Louisville Wharf to receive methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate, and ethyl acrylate. The plant at the rear of the wharf has two surface rail tracks that connect with CSX Rail Transport. Rhom and Haas Kentucky has three pipelines that connect the Jefferson Riverport wharf to four storage tanks at the plant with total capacity for 386 thousand gallons of styrene, and there are two butadiene storage spheres with total capacity for almost 1.3 million gallons on the property adjacent to the plant. The Louisville Wharf in Jefferson Riverport has berthing space of 53 meters (175 feet) with alongside depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet) NPE.
Sun Refining and Marketing Company owns and operates the Jefferson Riverport's Louisville Terminal Wharf to receive petroleum products. Two pipelines connect the wharf to five storage tanks in the rear with total capacity for 115 thousand barrels. The Louisville Terminal Wharf in Jefferson Riverport has berthing space of 58 meters (190 feet) with alongside depth of 3.4 meters (11 feet) NPE.
Although it was not in use at the time of the US Army Corps of Engineers' survey, I.C.I. Americas Inc. (now AkzoNobel) owns the Louisville Wharf in Jefferson Riverport. Rail tracks that serve the plant at the rear of the wharf connect with CSX Rail Transport. Two pipelines connect the wharf to a 375-thousand-gallon storage tank for methanol and an 85-thousand-gallon storage tank for perchlorethylene. The Jefferson Riverport's Louisville Wharf has berthing space of 224 meters (735 feet) with alongside depth of 5.5 meters (18 feet) NPE.