Port Officials Say Container Traffic Would Be A Boon

CLEVELAND (AP) - With container ship traffic increasing an estimated eight percent each year at America's coastal ports, Cleveland port officials are looking into whether they can lure
some of those shipping services to Ohio.

The head of maritime relations for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority says it's a definite possibility. Stephen Pfeiffer says he'd like future plans for the port to consider the equipment that would be needed to allow the port to service container ships.

The port currently handles iron ore, stone and steel.

Officials says the Saint Lawrence Seaway could allow smaller container ships to unload at Great Lakes ports, relieving congestion at coastal shipping centers.