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Warehouse & Distribution Corp., a logistics company with headquarters in Elizabeth, N.J., and a facility near the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey ports. “We have seen a substantial increase in perishables moving through the Delaware River ports and it does not seem to be decreasing anytime soon,” he said. “Tires are also on the rise and are becoming one of the larger commodities making their way through the Delaware River ports.” East Coast Warehouse has

implemented cross-dock and transload solutions for its customers in the Philadelphia area. “We are looking to implement our full array of customer solutions in the future, which will include

our full suite of 3PL services,” said Overley. The company also provides regional truckload, less-than-truckload, drayage, transportation management, and final-mile delivery services. The facility also serves as a centralized examination station (CES) for the port of entry of the Delaware River and Bay.

New Jersey Activity

The first new maritime terminal on the Delaware River in half a century opened in Paulsboro, N.J., six miles south of Camden, a facility which is currently undergoing expansion. The 2017 inauguration of the facility was part of the South Jersey Port Corporation’s strategy to expand breakbulk facilities, aſter Camden’s two marine terminals came to operate at

PhilaPort Breaks Ground on New On-Dock Forest Products Warehouse

PhilaPort recently broke ground on a new $12 million warehouse at its Tioga Marine Terminal (TMT). The 100,000 sq. ſt. on-dock warehouse will have unique features which will facilitate the use and handling of forest products. Several of the features

include indoor rail loading for ten rail cars and truck loading docks, clear span staging areas with extra high ceilings. “One of PhilaPort’s strengths has always been forest products”, said Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director & CEO. “This new warehouse will help us attract new forest products business which already exceeds over a million tons a year.” For over 40 years, the Port

of Philadelphia has been a leader in the handling of forest

products. Those range from lumber, wood, moldings, high- grade paper for packaging and wood pulp used in a variety of tissue products. “This new warehouse

cannot be built quickly enough”, said Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores, Tioga Marine Terminal’s operator. “We have had to turn customers away because we simply did not have the space.” Since 2014, TMT has

handled wood pulp from Brazil.

The pulp is destined

for U.S. manufacturing in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. Northeast. The new warehouse

construction, which includes extensive rail improvements, will be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

capacity and over-capacity. The SJPC has reported that

Paulsboro, which is handling a great deal of breakbulk steel, did lose some cargo as a result of President Donald Trump’s steel tariffs, but that the agency’s four facilities still managed to record a one-percent increase in cargo tonnage handled in 2018, for a total of 4.3 million tons. Paulsboro’s primary user is NLMK USA, a unit of Russia’s largest steelmaker, which imports steel slabs from Russia and sends them on unit trains to mills as far as Indiana. SJPC facilities are already

known for handling breakbulk cargoes. In addition to steel slabs, coils and structural steel, SJPC facilities also handle wood products, cement, and recycled metal.

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Cement, which imports, processes, and distributes its products in Camden; Camden Yards Steel, an importer and processor of foreign steel; and Camden Iron & Metal, a scrap metal recycler, are all located at SJPC facilities. So is U.S. Concrete, which uses SJPC’s 28-acre Salem Marine Terminal and which handled 417,000 tons of sand and gravel in 2018, an increase of 35 percent over the year before. A rail access improvement

project at the Broadway Marine Terminal in Camden is advancing thanks to a New Jersey Department

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Philaport received three new super post-Panamax cranes this spring and summer. (PhilaPort photo.)

International Airport, with a contract having been issued to build out two more ship wharves and a barge berth. Paulsboro also expects to

Transportation freight rail systems grant, and the SJPC is engaged with Conrail in the building of a rail track junction and switch to create efficiencies and traffic- management improvements. The port also hosts the

Camden International Commodities Terminal which has developed a major cocoa bean import and distribution operation. Del Monte Fresh Produce uses the privately- owned Gloucester Terminals, operated by Holt Logistics (which also operates Packer Avenue in Philadelphia), where it receives two to three ships per week and ships outbound over

30 million

cases of fresh produce annually. The Paulsboro terminal,


which got under way with a single 850-foot-long berth,

is envisioned to expand to a 2,350-foot long berth to accommodate three breakbulk vessels. An SJPC document states that it is open to “further prudent expansion” at Paulsboro, and, in fact, an expansion of terminal space is currently underway, with 80 additional acres being improved, and work on better integration of rail facilities at the terminal begun. Also planned for Paulsboro

are a 44-acre forest products storage area and five transit buildings,

a 52-acre metal

scrap storage and steel shredder facility, and 16-acres of wheeled cargo storage. A second phase of the Paulsboro Marine Terminal is going forward at the former BP tank farm site across the Delaware River from Philadelphia

bid for handling imports and assembly of components for wind farms off New Jersey’s Atlantic coast. A New Jersey statute passed by the legislature and signed by the governor a few years ago requires that a percentage of electricity sold in the state be from offshore wind energy. The initial goal is to generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity offshore New Jersey, but developers have expressed interest in developing wind farms totaling more than 12,000 megawatts off New Jersey’s coastline. With the South Jersey Port

Corporation’s prowess in handling breakbulk cargoes and its expanding portfolio of

facilities, it will not be

surprising to see cargoes destined for the growing offshore wind generation industry contributing to the growth of that port for some time into the future. All of that will only enhance the position of the Delaware River ports as major movers of energy- related cargoes.

Work is underway on the new $12 million on-dock forest products warehouse at its Tioga Marine Terminal (TMT). (PhilaPort photo.)

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