Issue 8 2019 - FBJNA

Packer Avenue Marine Terminal’s new cranes are identical to the two that arrived at the port last year. These bring the total number of super post- Panamax cranes at the terminal to seven. (PhilaPort photo.)


Delaware Ports Handle Multiple Loads

By Peter Buxbaum

Earlier this year, the M/V Clipper Kamoshio arrived at the Tioga Marine Terminal in the Port of Philadelphia carrying nearly 11,000 pipes bound for the Shell Falcon Pipeline located in western Pennsylvania. Over 10 days’ time, Delaware River

Stevedores worked to

discharge the 8,800 tons of cargo, loading 23 pipes per truck that were sent westbound each day for construction of the Falcon Ethane Pipeline System.


This shipment is emblematic the Philadelphia


growing participation in the nation’s energy economy. In mid-June, the Philadelphia

City Council approved a plan to build a $60 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Southwest Philadelphia. Across the Delaware River in southern New Jersey, a group of New York investors plan to build an LNG port in Gibbstown, Gloucester County, at a former DuPont site. The port, once it’s built, will receive and export LNG from the investment group’s liquefaction plant to be built in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, near the Marcellus shale natural gas field. The

South Jersey Port

Corporation (SJPC) is not wedded to fossil fuels, as it is

also in the process of expanding breakbulk facilities with an eye toward capturing a portion of offshore wind generation cargoes. PhilaPort is beefing up its container capabilities and is seeing a noticeable growth in refrigerated cargo. These energy developments

are not without controversy. Environmentalists


when LNG projects are announced—including the ones in Philadelphia and South Jersey—on the grounds that the United States should be weaning itself, and the rest of the world, off fossil fuels. Policymakers in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, point to advantages from


Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. (DRS) operates at multiple locations in the ports of Camden, Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE, offering experienced waterfront labor and an array of specialized equipment and stevedoring gear for breakbulk, projects, heavy lift and ro-ro cargoes.

Corporate Offices 441 North 5th Street, Suite 210 Philadelphia, PA 19123 215-440-4100

The pipeline is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020. “We are pleased that Shell

LNG in growing U.S. exports, diversifying fuel sources for utilities, and in promoting economic development and jobs creation. “So oſten, projects that begin

at the Port of Philadelphia lead to even more jobs inland,” said Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores. “In this case, 1,000 workers will be hired during the peak of construction” of the pipeline. The pipeline in question, a

two-leg system to extend from southwestern Pennsylvania to West Virginia and eastern Ohio, will traverse three states and 22 townships, and will consist of 97 miles of pipe. It will connect the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits

to a petrochemical

plant that cracks ethane molecules to create finished products in the form of ethylene and polyethylene.

chose Tioga to import pipes for the Falcon Pipeline,” said Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO. “It shows the Port of Philadelphia can serve western Pennsylvania’s cargo needs. Tioga, being a robust multi-use facility, makes the whole operation work perfectly.”

Upgrades at PhilaPort

The same could be said for the Port of Philadelphia as a whole, as it upgrades its container- handling capacity and grows its well-established trade in perishable commodities. During the spring and summer of this year, the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal received three super post-Panamax cranes, each costing $12 million, manufactured in China by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries. The new cranes are identical to the two that arrived at the port last year, bringing the total number of super post-Panamax cranes at the terminal to seven. With the addition of the

Port of Wilmington, DE 1 Hausel Rd. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 655-6315

Tioga Marine Terminal 3451 North Delaware Ave Philadelphia, PA 19134 (215) 790-4447

Joseph A. Balzano Marine Terminal 101 Joseph A. Balzano Blvd. Camden, NJ 08103 (856) 541-2773

new cranes, the terminal will run completely on electricity, eliminating all diesel emissions. The new cranes are large enough to load and discharge boxes from the newest generation of ultra-large

container vessels, which carry between 10,000 and 18,000 containers per ship. Packer Avenue can handle vessels to a maximum of 14,000 TEU. The Packer Avenue

Marine Terminal, the Port of Philadelphia’s main container terminal, is currently undergoing $300 million dollars in terminal improvements. Upgrades also include strengthening and realigning a berth and realigning warehousing facilities. Two-thirds of the investments being made at Packer Avenue are coming from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Capital Investment Program. Besides its container-

handling capabilities, Packer Avenue also provides auto, steel, and project cargo shippers a gateway for importing and exporting with 200,000 square feet of on-dock storage space dedicated to dry storage and weather-sensitive cargoes. The terminal is also home to the largest third-party refrigerated cargo

terminal in the U.S.,

offering over four-million cubic feet of refrigerated cargo space and 2,200 reefer plugs.

Perishables Increase

Handling refrigerated cargoes is a growth industry at the Delaware River ports, according to Jamie Overley,

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