While the Port of Cleveland has long been a tremendous asset for Northeast Ohio, it continues to prove its value as cargo volumes through the Port are on the rise. In fact, as reported in this Cleveland.com article, tonnage for international cargo was up 12 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. The rise in shipments is due in large part to Spliethoff’s Cleveland-Europe Express, which provides regularly scheduled service from the Port of Cleveland to the Port of Antwerp. In 2016, Spliethoff will begin offering service from the Great Lakes to India, generating additional traffic through the Port of Cleveland. The increased service out of the Port is yet another indication of why the Port of Cleveland is such an important economic asset for Northeast Ohio.
Launched in 2014, the Cleveland-Europe Express serves as the only direct, scheduled vessel service that moves containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe. Average service between Cleveland and Europe is typically 14-16 days compared to 25 days from East Coast ports. In 2015, container volumes along the Cleveland-Europe Express increased more than 400 percent when compared to 2014. The strong demand in service has prompted plans for weekly service between the Port of Cleveland and the Port of Antwerp beginning in 2016.
In addition to weekly service to Europe, monthly service from Cleveland to India will also kickoff in 2016. The India – Great Lakes Express, operated by Spliethoff and Puyvast, will provide year-round service, connecting the Great Lakes, Europe and India. The average trip from Cleveland to India is approximately 50 days, which is a relatively short turn-around time when shipping such large containers. Given the success of the Cleveland to Antwerp route, the additional service to India was a logical next step that will hopefully pay dividends for the region.
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