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Port Milwaukee


Port Milwaukee offers an operational flexibility unique to the western Great Lakes and the inland waterway system. Terminals designed for the efficient handling of general and project cargoes, roll on/ roll off, containers, dry and liquid bulk and heavy lifts in excess of two hundred tons, provide vessel owners and cargo interests with safe, efficient and cost effective cargo handling services.

City Heavy Lift DockPort Milwaukee has sixteen (16) berths for vessels, each capable of handling vessels with a Seaway Maximum draft of 26' 03" (8.0 meters), at normal water conditions, with a length of 1,000' ( 304.8 meters). Note: The maximum dimensions of a vessel transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway System is LOA 740' (225.54 meters), Beam 78" (23.77 meters) and draft of 26' 03" (8.0 meters). The Port also has two dedicated barge berths with drafts in excess of 18' (5.5 meters).

Port Milwaukee personnel are thoroughly trained and experienced transportation and distribution professionals, capable and willing to develop complete handling and transportation packages for Port clients.

Port Milwaukee is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at Lat. 43* 05' N, Long 87* 55' W, about seventy five miles north of the city of Chicago. The Port is 1,021 nautical miles from Montreal with a transit time by water from Montreal of about 4.5 days.

Port Milwaukee serves as a regional transportation and distribution center with a primary market including the State of Wisconsin, northern and western Illinois ( including the city of Chicago) and eastern Minnesota including the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis/ St. Paul. The Port is also capable of cost effectively reaching Iowa, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana; and the western Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Inland Connections

Port Milwaukee is served by two Class I railroads, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Both railroads provide direct pier delivery at all Port facilities as well as necessary switching services. Within the Port proper, the Port owns and maintains thirteen and one-half miles of rail track, which connects with the Class I 's main lines at the Port property edge.

Federal Interstate Highway System I-94/794 leads directly into Port Milwaukee, assuring delay-free pickup and delivery of commodities by truck. There are exit/entrance ramps direct to Port service roads. Transits to/ from the Interstate to major Port terminals take less than five (5) minutes. Highway connections to cities within a 350-mile radius (Chicago, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Peoria, Des Moines, Moline, and Indianapolis) are accomplished within a few hours. Public truck scales are available in the Port.

Port Milwaukee is capable of serving river areas as far as the U.S. Gulf by inland river barges. Transits cross lower Lake Michigan to the Illinois River and thence to the Mississippi River at St. Louis to the U.S. Gulf. Transit times by barge to the U.S. Gulf average about 30 days in a combined tow, or approximately 10 days with a dedicated tow.

General Cargo

The Port provides over 330,000 square feet of covered warehouse space for bulk, steel and general cargoes, including 30,000 square feet (2,800 square meters) of heated space. All facilities are steel frame buildings with brick/aluminum exteriors. All general cargo piers are paved with concrete and asphalt and each is rail served. Total general cargo facility exceeds 20 acres (8.1 hectares), plus additional backup storage as needed. Federal Marine Terminals is the Port 's general cargo stevedore (

Lifting of a mining shovel component with the 200 ton stiff leg derrickThe Port is well known for its heavy lift capability. Its stiff leg derrick is capable of lifting a total of 440,000 pounds (200,000 kg) at a 52-foot (16 meter) radius.

Milwaukee handles a diverse mix of general cargoes including steel, wind turbine components, forest products, bagged materials, heavy machinery, farm and construction machinery, and project cargoes.

A full roster of distributive services can be provided including but not limited to warehousing, sorting, recooping, decanning, palletizing and container stripping and stuffing.

Dry Bulk

Port Milwaukee has devoted over 50 acres (20.24 hectares) to dry bulk storage and handling facilities, including four storage domes totaling 50,000 tons of storage. Much of the ground storage is paved. Additional acreage is available for dry bulk storage. Dry bulk handling services include storage and stock piling, direct transfer truck/rail/barge, vessel loading and unloading, packaging, palletizing and processing.

Kinder Morgan is the Port's bulk stevedore and handles a wide variety of dry bulk materials including salt, construction aggregates, coal, and fertilizers.

Liquid Bulk

Port Milwaukee has about 300,000 barrels of bulk liquid storage capacity with the capability of service by vessel, pipeline, rail and truck. Products handled include clean petroleum, heavy oils and lubes, asphalt and vegetable oils. Both U.S. Oil and South Harbor (Tanco Terminals) are port tenants.

Marketing Services

Port Milwaukee's marketing group are transportation professionals who work with vessel owners, freight forwarders and cargo interests to design high quality, cost effective transportation and distribution programs for both domestic and international cargo streams. Port marketing representatives track cargo opportunities while developing waterborne and inland freight routes via Milwaukee. The Port maintains direct contact with vessel and barge owners, rail, truck and freight interests. The Port works with all interested parties to insure they have proper and accurate information on the costs and opportunities for using the Port/St. Lawrence Seaway and the U.S. inland waterway system.

Port Administration Building
2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Phone (414) 286-3511

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Board of Harbor Commissioners

2019 Meetings

Held at 8:00 a.m. at Port Admininstration Building unless otherwise specified.

  • February 21
  • April 11
  • June 13
  • August 8
  • October 10
  • December 12

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Additional Services & Facilities

In addition to freight and handling consultancy, the Port also develops special or single use facilities such as warehousing, storage terminals and industrial facilities needing waterfront or near waterfront locations. The Port has access to industrial revenue bonding through the City of Milwaukee and other incentive programs. The Port has an inventory of property under its control for development purposes.



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