The Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority was created to plan, acquire, build, maintain, and operate facilities and projects to improve and develop the operations of the Port of Erie. The port authority's charge is to promote commercial, industrial, and recreation opportunities on Presque Isle Bay and adjacent waters. While the port authority seeks long-term balanced growth of the bayfront areas in the Port of Erie, it also strives to assure ecologically-sound uses of the Bay and a healthy balance between industrial and recreational uses of the waterfront.
The Port of Erie has an excellent natural harbor protected by the 10-kilometer peninsula called Presque Isle. Being the State's only port on the Great Lakes, the Port of Erie is a valuable center for commercial and recreational opportunities for customers worldwide. The Port of Erie includes the biggest dry dock and crane on the Great Lakes, a modern full-service shipyard, a Foreign Trade Zone, 1.8 thousand meters of deep-draft docks, 27.9 thousand square meters of warehouse space, and the 32-hectare Keystone Opportunity Zone.
O-N Minerals Erie operates two warehouses in the Port of Erie of 4.6 and 3.3 thousand square meters, respectively. The warehouses are equipped with heavy-lift crawler cranes and ample cargo-handling equipment, and the facility also offers over six hectares of lay-down area. The warehouses are served by CSX rail sidings. The wharf offers 442 meters of berthing space equipped for heavy-lift and general cargoes.
Erie Shipbuilding, LLC, offers a complete ship repair and ship building service at the Port of Erie. The facility covers almost 18 hectares and has 18.6 thousand square meters in three buildings. With six berthing docks, the shipyard's 381 by 40 meter drydock includes 46 meters of covered dock and cranes with capacity for 100 and 20 tons. In addition to offering fabricating capability for ships, this Port of Erie facility can fabricate large units, generators, turbines, and pressure vessels for Great Lakes and overseas shipping.