Wisconsin Ports Week


The Governor Proclaims Ports Week

Excerpt from Governor’s proclamation. See complete proclamation on the right.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim
August 1-7, 2016 as

Wisconsin Ports Week

throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.

Click here for TDA’s press release on Wisconsin Ports Week.

Wisconsin Ports Week Facts

Wisconsin’s System

  • Wisconsin has 29 commercial ports.
  • Wisconsin’s commercial ports each year handle more than 30 million tons of cargo.
  • Commodities passing through Wisconsin ports include: farm products, coal, cement, limestone, asphalt, stone, salt, wood products, scrap materials and much more.
  • Port facilities serve as a multi-modal distribution centers linking waterborne vessels with Wisconsin’s extensive network of highways, railroads and airports.


The Benefits of Commercial Ports

  • Wisconsin ports provide an important transportation alternative that many states cannot offer and generate over $1.6 billion in economic activity which supports almost 10,000 jobs.
  • Wisconsin ports serve as catalysts for economic development. The Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association is working with the University of Wisconsin and others to leverage Wisconsin’s comparative advantage of marine freight.
  • Water transportation is the most cost efficient mode for moving bulk commodities such as agricultural products, petroleum, coal, and construction materials and also plays a vital role in the transport of heavy machinery, steel, bagged and canned cargo, wind energy components and other goods.
  • A study finds that a barge can move one ton of cargo 616 miles on a gallon of fuel. This is more miles than by rail (478 miles) or by truck (150 miles).
  • Water transportation is environmentally responsible. Comparing emissions per million ton-miles, researchers calculate that transport by inland barge emits significantly less greenhouse gases than transport by rail and truck.
  • The waterways surrounding Wisconsin provide recreational opportunities and are an important part of tourism in the state. Charter fishing boats and sport fishing, as well as six passenger ferries, operate out of the state’s harbors and marinas.

Commercial Port Links