Port of Cleveland on Lake Erie is approximately 50 miles from Wayne County. It has the best heavy lift capacity on the Great Lakes. Port facilities include nine berths and 6,500 linear feet of dock space. Docks are maintained at a full seaway depth, which is 27 feet. The docks have excellent connections to three major interstates (I-71, I-77, I-90), as well as the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad. Four terminal operators use port facilities: Oglebay-Norton, Essroc, Kenmore Construction, Federal Marine Terminals.
Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) is the only direct, scheduled vessel service moving containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe through the Port of Antwerp. The CEE offers a competitive advantage to Ohio companies including a 50% time and cost savings of inland transport for specialized or oversized cargo, 16-17 vs 25 day door-to-door delivery and thru bills of lading to Russia, Finland, Spain, UK, and the Baltic States.
Ports of Columbiana County located in East Liverpool, handles 15 million tons of cargo a year, the most on the Ohio River. The Ohio River accounts for over one-third of the maritime cargo moving inland in the United States each year, (approximately 275 million tons) and by comparison handles more cargo per year than the Panama Canal. The port system of Columbiana County provides year round international cargo service via the Ports of new Orleans and southwest Louisiana.