Hirt resigns as port director of Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Ian Hirt

Ports of Indiana reports that Ian Hirt has resigned after four years as port director of Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor, effective May 3, 2021, to return to the private sector. The Ports of Indiana executive leadership team has commenced plans to hire a new port director and the job description is now listed on the company’s website.

The port director is responsible for managing daily operations for Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor to ensure optimal, effective use of facilitates and execution of operational strategy. In addition to having at least five years of experience, the qualified port director candidates must have a proven record of success in marketing and sales, leading and supervising others, strong knowledge of the freight transportation on the Great Lakes and inland waterway shipping and commerce.

“It has been an honor to lead the northwest Indiana port that has an impressive 50-year history,” said Hirt. “It truly has been a pleasure to work with an outstanding executive leadership team, staff, tenants, commission and community partners.”

During Hirt’s tenure, the northwest Indiana port achieved the following:

  • Implemented numerous environmental initiatives including the adoption of its own stormwater management program authorized by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management;
  • Received 2019 South Shore Clean Cities Sustainability Leadership Award for its work to reduce diesel emissions throughout the port;
  • Received 2019 Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air Industrial Award for its work to improve air quality in northwest Indiana;
  • Completed an exceptional year of handling heavy-lift cargo in 2020, including cargo for a $1 billion power plant, one of the largest shipments in its 50-year history;
  • Extended its partnership with Federal Marine Terminals, a nationally-renowned stevedore company.
  • Additionally, Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor hosted Indiana’s first U.S. Navy vessel commissioning ceremony for USS Indianapolis.

“We are grateful for Ian’s professional leadership and dedication to help grow Indiana’s economy through notable project cargo shipments, environmental stewardship and partnership opportunities throughout the northwest Indiana port,” said Vanta E. Coda II, CEO of Ports of Indiana. “As we work through this transition, we are confident our staff will continue delivering exceptional service to our port companies. We wish Ian the best of luck in his next endeavor.”

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