Port of Oswego welcomes first container ship

Dec 8, 2016
Originally published on December 8, 2016 10:19 am

In Oswego, a massive, rust-covered container ship glided across Lake Ontario Wednesday morning. It eased toward the Port of Oswego and abruptly came to rest after bumping against the dock.

The 24-foot-tall ship was carrying equipment from Germany that will head to a brewery in Rochester. The port is expecting another shipment of similar equipment next year for a brewery in Fulton. Port director Zelko Kirincich wants to see more container ships visit the port because he says it's more cost efficient for businesses that are importing and exporting by ship. 

“They are efficient, there’s less chance for damage, everything goes right in the truck, there’s less storage issues -- it’s all about the bottom line," Kirincich said.

Kirincich thinks the port may be poised to host more of these ships in the coming years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a major dredging project earlier this year that opened the port to bigger ships with more cargo. And Kirincich predicts the amount of grain to be exported through the port will double in 2017.

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