German Beer Tanks Offloaded At Port Of Ogdensburg

German Beer Tanks Offloaded At Port Of Ogdensburg

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They brew beer carefully and they unload 15-ton fermentation tanks very carefully. No margin for error here. They're heading for a brewery 130 miles away.

“At the Port of Ogdensburg, we're a regional port with regional benefits. The project is benefiting the Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, New York...And we're honored to be part of that,” said Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority executive director.

Matt Brewing will use the tanks to modernize and expand. But first they had to cross the Atlantic from Germany. The Federal Danube also has stops in Cleveland and Detroit.

“We're on the international manifest right now. So you can see all the various ports this ship has traveled to and there's Ogdensburg, New York, sitting right in the middle of it,” said Davis.

The Matt Brewing Co. has been making beer since 1888. It's the producer of the well-known Saranac line of beers. It says with these tanks it can make that beer even better.

They think it's going to be a record setting year here at the port. During one 30 day period during the summer, they unloaded eight massive ships.

That 30 day spurt included ships that unloaded wind turbine parts. Those were headed to a wind farm being built near Copenhagen.

“We've done things over the years. Everything from...the lens on the Hubble telescope, we've had Raytheon nose cones down here for missiles. We've had exciting things over the years here,” said Davis.

At least one more ship is expected this year at the port. In the spring, more shipments are expected for the Matt Brewing Co. project. 

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