The Conneaut Port Authority is governed by a board of directors that makes rules to ensure a safe recreational boating experience. The boating season in the Port of Conneaut lasts from early May until mid-October. The Conneaut Port Authority assigns all docks within the port. The Port of Conneaut has launch ramps, marina services, charter boating, and locations for picnicking on the shores of Lake Erie. Two marinas contain public docks: Lagoon Marina and the Port of Conneaut Marina.
The Port of Conneaut's Lagoon Marina can accommodate vessels and jet skis, and it has recently opened three new dock sections. Dock rental rates run from $725 for boats to 6.1 meters (20 feet) to $1075 for boats from 7.6 to 9.4 meters (25 to 31 feet). Jet ski docks are available for $350.
During the boating season, the Port of Conneaut Marina is open from Monday through Saturday from 9am until 1pm. Off season hours are 9am until 1pm on Monday through Friday. Standard docks at the Port of Conneaut Marina are rented for $1475, and wide docks are available for $1725.
Owned by the Canadian National railroad, the Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock (P&C Dock) is a terminal for bulk cargoes with three separate docks. The P&C Dock in the Port of Conneaut is located in the inner harbor. The facility has capacity to store 800 thousand net tons of stone, and boasts throughput capacity for two million net tons per year. The limestone facility at this Port of Conneaut dock links suppliers of raw materials and mills to manufacturers and construction sites across the northeastern region of the United States.
The P&C Dock terminal covers 119 acres on Lake Erie's south shore, and its upper and lower facilities have capacity to unload as many as 400 rail cars per day. The Port of Conneaut P&C Dock 1 is used to receive limestone, aggregate, gypsum, and industrial sand. Dock 1 has berthing distance of 139.6 meters (458 feet) with alongside depths of 8.2 and 8.5 meters (27 and 28 feet). The Dock 1 Extension has berthing distance of 601.7 meters (1974 feet) with alongside depths of 6.7 and 8.2 meters (22 and 27 feet).
P&C Dock 3 is used for outgoing coal and energy products that are delivered to vessels directly or from storage. This Port of Conneaut dock has berthing distance of 381 meters (1250 feet) with alongside depths of 8.2 and 8.5 meters (27 and 28 feet.
P&C Dock 4 receives iron ore and related products for ground storage and later steel mill consumption. The first berth at this Port of Conneaut dock has berthing distance of 374.3 meters (1228 feet) with alongside depth of 8.2 meters (27 feet). The second berth is 259.1 meters (850 feet) long with alongside depth of 8.5 meters (28 feet).
P&C Dock services include automatic sampling, weighing, and a computerized inventory system that documents customer information and inbound coal weights. P&C Dock offers rail-to-lake transportation system that includes storage areas. Together the system eliminates seasonal changes in the volume of coal delivered from the Port of Conneaut. During the winter, coal is stored at the P&C Dock facility until it can be loaded on vessels in the spring when navigation becomes possible on the Great Lakes. P&C Dock offers high-quality coal blending services afforded by two silos and multiple feeders and simultaneous operation of the upper and lower transport and storage facilities.
The Canadian National and CSX railroads link the Port of Conneaut to the coal fields in Appalachia, enabling the port to provide flexibility to P&C Dock customers. Canadian National and the Union Railroad Company provide barge-to-rail services between the Port of Conneaut and the Duquesne Wharf (near Pittsburgh), bringing coal from inland waterways for prompt delivery at the Port of Conneaut.
P&C Dock's handling and storage system for ores employs two traveling bucket-wheel reclaimers and a conveyor system to move ore from storage to rail car. The ore-handling system has capacity to load as many as 200 100-ton rail cars in an eight-hour period.
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