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Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, July 2, 2015
Philadelphia Welcomes U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, June 10, 2015
NEW! SeaLand Begins Service at the Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, June 11, 2015
US CBP Center for Agriculture and Prepared Products Director Visits PRPA 

Philadelphia, May 22, 2015
Port Welcomes Dynamic "Future Sensations" Exhibit to City

Philadelphia, May 19, 2015
Cuban Officials Visit PRPA to Discuss Potential Trade Opportunities

Philadelphia, May 19, 2015

A Day at the Port with The World Trade Club of the Lehigh Valley

Philadelphia, April 29, 2015
Port of Philadelphia's First-Quarter Cargo Figures Indicate Continued Growth

Philadelphia, April 29, 2015
PRPA Salutes the Finalist of the Governor's ImPAct Awards

Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, March 23, 2015
Major US Meat Exporter Switches from West Coast to Port Philadelphia

Port Richmond, Updated March 10, 2015
Tioga Marine Terminal Sees Very Busy Two Weeks

Philadelphia, February 25, 2015
PRPA Announces Availability of State-Sponsored Intermodal Incentive Program to Encourage Container Activity at the Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, January 29, 2015
Port of Philadelphia Reports Stunning 16 Percent Jump in Cargo in 2014, Marking Fifth Consecutive Year of Double-Digit Cargo Growth Along City's Delaware River Waterfront


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PORT OF PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES U.S. SENATOR PATRICK TOOMEY
AND U.S. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE PENNY PRITZKER

Senator Toomey and Secretary Pritzker Visit Packer Avenue Marine Terminal
to Discuss Trade and Jobs with Port Officials


PHILADELPHIA, JULY 2, 2015 ―  Officials of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) and Greenwich Terminals, LLC, operators of PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, today were pleased to welcome to the Port U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with members of their respective staffs. 

Senator Toomey and Secretary Pritzker arrived at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal to participate in a roundtable discussion followed by a bus tour of the terminal.  As well as PRPA and Greenwich Terminal officials, representatives of several private companies involved in importing and exporting attended the roundtable discussion, as well as representatives of city government and heads of area business-development groups including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The primary topics covered during the one-hour roundtable were job development, international commerce, and how federal trade policies and international trade agreements could assist businesses.

Senator Toomey discussed how trade tends to be an issue where both sides of the aisle can work together, and talked about how Congress and the administration have been working on several initiatives to help US businesses increase their trade abroad.  Secretary Pritzker detailed the many ways the U.S. Commerce Department works to facilitate trade and the development of good trade policy. A particular topic discussed by the attendees was the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, which hopes to significantly expand U.S. economic links with Asia, the fastest-growing sector of the world economy.

Representing PRPA at the meeting were PRPA Board Member and private business owner Michael K. Pearson, Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney, and Director of Governmental & Public Affairs Don Brennan. Mr. Pearson discussed trade issues from the perspective of an area business expanding its scope into that arena; Mr. Mahoney brought up the importance of effective trade pacts on port business; and Mr. Brennan updated the assembled group on the Delaware River Channel Deepening Project, currently deepening the region’s  main shipping channel to 45 feet.

Greenwich Terminal LLC’s Leo Holt acted as the meeting’s chair, with colleagues Tom Holt, Jr. and Tom Holt III also participating.  Tom Holt III reminded the group that increased international trade improves quality of life not only in this country but for the citizens of the many developing countries with which our country trades. A discussion of the Port’s cocoa bean cargoes also underscored this point. Representing that particular business were Ari Weiner of Dependable Distribution Services, which operates PRPA’s Pier 84 cocoa bean facility and Mike Lang of Blommer Chocolate.

 

 

 

Attached photos: Senator Toomey and Secretary Pritzker at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. PRPA Board Member Michael K. Pearson second from left (Photo Credit: Senator Pat Toomey Facebook Page)

 


 

 

 

 


NEW! SeaLand BEGINS SERVICE AT THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA

SAE Service Gives Philadelphia New Connections to Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras & Panama



JUNE 10, 2015 The 564-foot Maersk Wakamayama docked at Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT) Wednesday morning for the first call by SeaLand's South Atlantic Express Service (SAE). The new service gives the Port new connections to Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras & Panama.

SeaLand’s SAE Service is the 1st of two new services arriving at the Port of Philadelphia this month. Another weekly service - provided jointly by SeaLand and APL - is set to call the port’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal starting late June. The vessel-sharing agreement between APL and SeaLand is subject to regulatory approval.

“Business at the Packer Avenue terminal continues to grow, and the addition of two weekly service calls from SeaLand/APL will increase efficiency, shorten overall transit times and provide greater opportunities to expand business in both perishable and non-perishable commerce between North and South America,” said David N. Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals, operator of the terminal.*

*See article on North Atlantic Service, via JOC.com

Click here to view SeaLand Press Release and SAE service map with schedules

 





NEW! US CBP CENTER FOR AGRIGCULTURE AND PREPARED PRODUCTS DIRECTOR VISITS PRPA

PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 11, 2015 -- PRPA hosted Greg McCann of US Customsand Border Protection (USCBP) and several colleagues, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mr. McCann came to Port Philadelphia to learn more about the Greater Philadelphia port complex, which is the national leader in perishable foods, and to discuss the Center for Agriculture and Prepared Products. Operating virtually,this national network of USCBP experts will focus on agriculture imports, and share their expertise and best practice with ports throughout the USA.

It is one of USCBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise, which will allow customs to focus on industry segments (e.g., pharmaceutical products, base metals, automobiles). Using modern technology and communications, these Centers will allow greater uniformity and support higher standards among all US Ports. 

(L-R)  Edward T. Moriarty, USCBP-Philadelphia Asst. Area Port Director, Tactical Operations; Greg McCann, USCBP Director of Agriculture & Prepared Products Center;  Dominic O’Brien, PRPA Sr. Marketing Representative;  Susan Thomas, USCBP-Baltimore Field Office Field Office Asst. Director Trade Operations; Hal Fingerman, USCBP-Philadelphia Dir. of Agriculture Operations

 

 

 


PORT OF PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES DYNAMIC "FUTURE SENSATIONS" EXHIBIT TO CITY

25 Containers with Exhibit Compontents Arrive at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and
Delivered to The Oval on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway for May 30 Debut




PHILADELPHIA, MAY 22, 2015 -- The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is pleased to play a role in the display of a never-before-seen exhibit commemorating the 350th anniversary of an international company with decades-long ties to the Philadelphia region.

Saint-Gobain is one of the world’s largest building materials companies, with global headquarters in France, North American headquarters in Valley Forge and operations all over the world. With five distinct ephemeral pavilions, The “Future Sensations” traveling exhibit will, according to the company, “take visitors on a sensory journey of science, storytelling and art that celebrates the last three and a half centuries and offers glimpses into future innovations that will transform the world.” Philadelphia will be the only U.S. stop for the exhibit, which has already been seen in Shanghai, China, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will visit Paris, France following the Philadelphia exhibition.

Each of the five pavilions weighs between 20 and 50 metric tons. They range in height from 13 to 32 feet. A total of 26 products from the Saint-Gobain family of companies are used in their construction. Officials in Pennsylvania, including International Supply Chain Manager Elisabeth Fornes, were instrumental in arranging for the Port of Philadelphia to be the U.S. port of entry for the containers carrying the exhibit.

Officials from Saint-Gobain, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA), terminal operator Holt Logistics, and global logistics firm BDP International, were on hand at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s largest and busiest facility, on Friday, May 15 to officially welcome the 25 containers transporting the exhibit. The containers arrived on the Hamburg Süd vessel “Monte Tamaro” several days before.

“We were very pleased to partner with our terminal operator and BDP to welcome Saint-Gobain’s exciting exhibit to Philadelphia,” said PRPA Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney. “We work together all the time to move cargo and attract business, but it was a special treat to have the unique experience of working together to advance the city’s cultural life,
as well.”

The exhibit containers left the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on Monday, May 18, and made the short journey to The Oval, in the heart of Philadelphia’s busy center city. The exhibit will be displayed there, where the public may view it free of charge from Saturday, May 30 to Saturday, June 6.

See the "Future Sensations" Exhibit in Philadelphia! via YouTube

* Attached photograph: Officials welcome “Future Sensations” to Philadelphia at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on Friday, May 15. (L -R) Arnold Bornstein, BDP International; Eric Holt, Holt Logistics; Andrew McLoone, BDP International; Elisabeth Fornes, Saint-Gobain; Joseph Fox, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority; and Todd Brown, Nick Diemedio, and Mike McCaffery, Holt Logistics.

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning in the port district.  PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other economic benefits.

 

 


CUBAN OFFICIALS VISIT PRPA TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL TRADE OPPORTUNITIES



PHILADELPHIA, MAY 19, 2015 -- Top U.S. Based Cuban governments officials discuss potential trade opportunities with the Port, as Cuba and the United States begin the process to normalize relations between the countries.



Pictured:
Pam Martin, Molimar Export Consultant (Left) Yanet Sable, First Secretary of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. (Middle)and Juan Lamiqueiro Leon, Deputy
Chief of the Section (Mid-Right)

― along with PRPA's Sean Mahoney (L) and Robert Blackburn (R)

 

 

 

 

 


PRPA HOSTS LEHIGH VALLEY WORLD TRADE CLUB FOR "DAY AT THE PORT"
Lehigh Valley Exporters and International Businesses Visit Pennsylvania's International Seaport


PHILADELPHIA, MAY 27, 2015 [ UPDATED ]-- "Lehigh Valley companies have always exported, but today there is a greater awareness of the need to be active in the global marketplace," noted Tim Charlesworth, President of the Lehigh Valley World Trade Club. [...]


 

Read the full article, here


See more pictures on PRPA's Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 


PORT OF PHILADELPHIA’s FIRST-QUARTER CARGO FIGURES INDICATE CONTINUED GROWTH

All Major Cargo Categories Show Increases Compared to Same Period Last Year


PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 29, 2015-- Following on the heels of an excellent 2014, where the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority experienced their fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth, recently-compiled cargo figures for the first-quarter of this year indicate that an equally or even more impressive 2015 is a very strong likelihood for the Port of Philadelphia. 

Further, in addition to overall cargo increases in broad categories such as containers, breakbulk, liquid bulk, etc., for the first time in recent history every major cargo category that the statistical process counts, which includes containers, steel, forest products, cocoa beans, project cargo, ro/ro, liquid bulk, and other/miscellaneous cargoes, all showed increases,
with no exceptions.

“Our latest cargo figures are gratifying to see,” said PRPA Chairman Jerry Sweeney, who was appointed Chairman of thePRPA Board by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf earlier this year.  “Not only do they once again show healthy gains when comparing the same periods of this year and last year, but they also show, for the first time in a long while, that all cargo sectors showed growth, not just some or even most.  This is truly a testament to our terminal operators, the logistics industry that surrounds them, our dedicated labor force, and our staff at PRPA, all of whom work together to make this port as efficient and successful as it can be.”

Containers showed healthy gains in the first quarter when counted either as TEU’s or tonnage.  100,203 TEU’s were handled during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the 97,922 TEU’s handled during the same period of 2014, a 2.33 percent gain. Counted as tonnage, 684,360 metric tons of containerized cargo was moved during January-March 2015 compared to the 646,621 metric tons moved during that same period of 2014, resulting in a 5.84 percent gain.

The across-the-board increases in all breakbulk cargo categories are as follows: steel was up 1.22 percent, with 105,398 metric tons handled; fruit was up 16.68 percent, with 66,390 tons handled; forest products were up 34.98 percent, with 162,879 tons handled; cocoa beans were up 18.98 percent, with 45,859 tons handled; project cargo was up 21.69 percent, with 11,380 tons handled, and other/miscellaneous cargoes were up 975.65 percent, with 2,076 metric tons handled.

In the ro/ro category, which is primarily made up of the Port’s automobile cargoes (principally Hyundai and Kia automobiles that arrive in South Philadelphia for ultimate distribution to dealerships throughout the U.S.), cargoes were up when counted either as individual units or tonnage.  36,683 automobiles were moved during the first quarter of this year, a 2.31 percent increase over the same period last year.  Counted as tonnage, 54,923 metric tons of automobiles were moved,
a 10.58 percent increase.

In the liquid bulk category, the 338,748 metric tons of liquid bulk cargoes handled during the first quarter represented a 1.54 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

These current cargo increases, which continue a trend of growth that began over five years ago, are occurring during an exciting time for the Port of Philadelphia, as the Port’s 45-foot Main Channel Deepening project nears completion, and the PRPA Board of Directors is overseeing the advancement of the Port’s Southport Project, which will result in one or more major new maritime operations in South Philadelphia, the first entirely new operations added to the Port in more
than a generation.

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning in the port district.  PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users.  Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other economic benefits.

PHOTO CAPTION: A container vessel discharges cargo at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, April 2015. Containers showed healthy gains at the Port of Philadelphia during the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Photograph by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Amanda Prinski.

 





PRPA SALUTES THE FINALIST OF THE GOVERNOR'S ImPAct AWARDS
Port Authority to Sponsor Awards Luncheon in Hershey, PA on May 21

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) is proud to sponsor the Governor’s ImPAct Awards for the second year in
a row. These prestigious awards honor Pennsylvania companies in the categories of Community Impact, Entrepreneur Impact, Export Impact, Jobs that Pay, and Small Business Impact. 

The PRPA congratulates the nominees and the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) organizations that work with them. The Authority wants to help these companies (especially the manufacturers) to go global via Pennsylvania’s International Seaport. 

The Export ImPAct Awards, in particular, are “given to a company that has significantly increased its export sales and the number of new foreign markets it sells to since 2011.”

The nominees are businesses of all sizes throughout the Commonwealth. 

The Governor’s ImPAct Awards are organized by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, and Journal Multimedia. 

The awards luncheon will take place on May 21 in Hershey, PA. 

For more information on the Governor’s Impact Awards, click here.

For information on the PREP Network, click here.

 




MAJOR U.S. EXPORTER SWITCHES FROM WEST COAST TO PORT PHILADELPHIA


PACKER AVENUE MARINE TERMINAL, MARCH 23, 2015 -- One of the largest meat companies in the world has switched significant export volumes from US West Coast ports to Port Philadelphia.

Exports of high quality meat, sourced from throughout the USA, are now moving through the Port Philadelphia due to West Coast port congestion.

U.S. cargoes to Korea, Japan and China are now moved from through the Port of Philadelphia. Already a major import hub for this company, the Port does not suffer from the congestion of larger US ports.

Port Philadelphia is the #1 meat import port in the USA and is increasingly the port of choice for US meat exports.


PHOTO CAPTION: Meat arriving on a rail box car is trans-loaded into a refrigerated ocean container for export via Philadelphia's Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.


 




PORT'S TIOGA TERMINAL SEES VERY BUSY TWO WEEKS


PORT RICHMOND, UPDATED MARCH 10, 2015 -- The marine terminals of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority are no stranger
to bustling activity, as vessels from around the world are regular fixtures on the Delaware River waterfront, but Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) officials were particularly gratified by the level
of activity at its Tioga Marine Terminal during the two weeks beginning on Monday, March 2.

Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. (DRS), operators of Tioga Terminal, report that during the course of the 10-to-12-day period beginning March 2, several vessels will be offloading cargo at the facility, with three vessels handling cargo at one time during March 8-10.

Cargoes arriving during the two work weeks will include project cargo on the Rickmers Tokyo; wood pulp cargoes from the Brazilian company, Fibria, arriving on the M/V Brassiana; and steel plates and project cargo arriving on the BBC Hudson.  Rickmers Line has provided regular services at the Tioga Marine Terminal for the past several years, and Fibria Celulose has been delivering its wood pulp cargoes to Tioga since last summer.  Other vessel activity is also scheduled during the course of the two weeks.

“We enjoy seeing this level of activity, and are well equipped to handle it,” said DRS’s terminal manager Pat Kryszczak, one of the regular “troops on the ground” at Tioga.  “With our new wood pulp account, days with multiple vessels are a more regular occurrence.”

 



 

PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES
AVAILABILITY OF STATE-SPONSORED INTERMODAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM
TO ENCOURAGE CONTAINER ACTIVITY AT THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA

PORT ALSO REPORTS BIG GAINS IN INITIAL 2015 CARGO ACTIVITY

 

PHILADELPHIA, FEBRUARY 24, 2015--  The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is now inviting shipping lines to participate in its new Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Program, which aims to increase cargo activity at the Port of Philadelphia.  The program will offer a per-container financial incentive to current ocean carriers utilizing the Port.  The program, recently announced by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, is effective immediately.

The program offers a $25 per-container financial incentive to current ocean carriers utilizing the Port of Philadelphia, for any new containers moved beyond a carrier’s previously-reported container levels.  It is hoped that carriers will be encouraged to try the Port of Philadelphia as a result of the incentive.  The program was established through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, following consultation between PennDOT, PRPA officials, and other Philadelphia-area maritime businesses.  Similar intermodal incentive programs have been effective in the past at the Port of Philadelphia, and PRPA is pleased about its new funding relationship with PennDOT.

“This new intermodal incentive program is an effective tool to grow our container business, and a fair one, as it rewards both our current customers as well as new carriers who have been considering using the Port of Philadelphia,” said PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr.  “It’s a solid investment on the part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as increased container business brings so many economic benefits to our region.”

By encouraging companies to move more cargo through the Port of Philadelphia, PennDOT expects that this new program will attract at least 200,000 new annual container moves to the Port over the course of five years.

In his own announcement about the program, Governor Wolf said: “Pennsylvania has a robust transportation system and our ports are a vital part of the movement of goods.  The Port of Philadelphia is an important asset for the Commonwealth’s entire economy.  These incentives will help increase activity at the Port, which will drive commerce across Pennsylvania and could create more than 1,400 good-paying jobs.”

It is widely known that ocean carriers control discretionary cargo, report PRPA officials.  These cargoes, destined from or to places like Chicago, are a target of this program.  More steamship line services also create more export opportunities for Pennsylvania manufacturers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund, established by Commonwealth Act 89, includes dedicated budget categories for aviation, rail freight, ports, and other transportation-related projects.

Rules and further details on the program are available from PRPA’s Marketing Department and from PennDOT at www.dot.state.pa.us.

The PRPA Marketing Department can be contacted at (215) 426-2600 or via e-mail at marketing@philaport.com.



PRPA has high hopes that PennDOT’s cargo incentive program will deliver big results at the Port of Philadelphia, especially in light of the fact that initial cargo figures for 2015, as well as statistics for the prior year, demonstrate that cargo growth is already healthy at the Port.  Final cargo statistics for 2014 revealed a 16 percent increase in cargo and the fifth consecutive year of double-digit cargo growth at the Port compared to 2013, and the following figures, comparing January 2015’s cargo performance to January 2014’s performance, indicate that the trend of growth is continuing.

With 481,251 metric tons of cargo handled at PRPA facilities in January 2015, compared to the 418,434 tons of cargo handled in January 2014, there was a notable 15.01 percent increase in tonnage between the two periods.  This was due to increases in all cargo sectors, especially in liquid bulk, ro/ro, and containerized cargoes.

132,919 tons of liquid bulk cargoes moved through the Port of Philadelphia in January 2015 compared to the 94,759 tons handled in January 2014, a 40.27 percent increase.

On the ro/ro front, 20,349 metric tons of automobiles (13,937 individual units) moved through the Port in January 2015 compared to the 18,768 tons (13,224 individual units) that moved the Port in January 2014, an 8.42 percent tonnage increase.

When counted as individual units- 32,270 TEUs handled in January 2015 versus the 31,918 TEUs handled in January 2014- container counts were up 1.10 percent.  When counted as tonnage, however, containerized cargo was up a more dramatic 11.27 percent, with 220,300 metric tons of containerized cargo handled in January 2015 compared to the 197,978 tons handled during the same period last year.

In the breakbulk sector, with 107,683 tons metric tons handled in January 2015 compared to the 106,929 tons handled during the same period last year, breakbulk cargoes overall held steady when comparing the two periods, experiencing about a 1 percent increase.  Several individual breakbulk cargoes, however, showed strong growth when comparing January 2015 with January 2014. 

Strong performers among the Port’s breakbulk cargoes included forest products, which were up 17.33 percent (35,622 tons handled in January 2015 versus the 30,360 tons handled in January 2014) and project cargoes, up 110.37 percent (3,389 tons handled in January 2015 versus the 1,611 tons handled in January 2014).  Cocoa beans also increased dramatically, with 21,873 tons arriving at the Port of Philadelphia in January 2015 compared to the 3,928 tons arriving in January 2014.

“We’re very proud of the 15 percent increase in cargo we experienced at the start of this year compared to the start of last year,” said Mr. McDermott. “While it is still very early in the year, these initial cargo figures demonstrate that a very productive 2015 is on the horizon at the Port of Philadelphia. Our agency works every day with our terminal operators, with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and with all sectors of the maritime community to make this the most efficient, productive port it can be, and these initial numbers show we’re on the right track.”

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district.  PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users.  Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.

 

 

PORT OF PHILADELPHIA REPORTS STUNNING 16 PERCENT JUMP IN CARGO IN 2014,
MARKING FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF DOUBLE-DIGIT CARGO GROWTH
ALONG CITY’S DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT

 

PHILADELPHIA, JANUARY 29, 2015—Final cargo figures for 2014, compiled by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA), reveal that 5,950,319 metric tons of cargo were handed at the Port of Philadelphia’s maritime facilities in 2014, a stunning 16.66 percent increase compared to the 5,100,385 tons of cargo handled in 2013.  Further, 2014’s total cargo tonnage marked the fifth consecutive year of double-digit cargo growth at the Port of Philadelphia.

“In the wake of the national economic downturn of a few years ago, we became more aggressive than ever in improving and marketing the Port,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp.  “As a result, we’re now experiencing our fifth consecutive year of major cargo increases at our facilities.”

In addition to dramatic tonnage increases, 2014 also marked a particularly large increase in container counts at the Port, with 449,122 TEU’s moving through the Port of Philadelphia in 2014, compared to the already healthy 367,499 TEU’s handled in 2013.  This marked a 22.21 percent increase.  Counted as tonnage, 2,916,148 metric tons of containerized cargo moved through the Port in 2014, a 19.36 percent increase over the year before.  All told, containers have shown consistent growth in the past several years at the Port of Philadelphia.  Containers are handled at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s largest and busiest facility.

Breakbulk cargoes (cargoes not shipped in containers, with the exception of vehicles and liquid bulk) experienced a healthy gain of 14.44 percent in 2014 when compared to 2013.  In all, 1,382,861 metric tons of breakbulk cargoes were handled in 2014, compared to 2013’s 1,208,350 tons.  Highlights include steel, which was up 49.53 percent, with 394,717 tons handled; and forest products, which were up 28.2 percent, with 614,843 tons handled. 

Though down slightly in breakbulk numbers, it’s important to note that  fruit (225,294 breakbulk tons handled) and cocoa beans (97,688 tons via breakbulk) are increasingly being handled as containerized cargoes, meaning that these cargoes aren’t genuinely down at all, only that a portion of them are shifting to containers. 

Automobiles, which began arriving in 2010 and were a big factor in the resumption of the Port’s prosperity after the national economic downturn, continued to show strong performance in 2014.  Counted as individual units, 150,637 automobiles (principally new Hyundai and Kia vehicles) moved through the Port of Philadelphia in 2014, compared to the 129,239 automobiles handled at the Port in 2013, a 16.56 percent increase.  Counted as tonnage, 213,646 tons of vehicles were handled in 2014, an 18.12 percent spike.  Automobiles arrive at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and are processed at the adjacent Philadelphia Automobile Processing Facility.

Liquid bulk cargoes continued to show steady growth as well in 2014, with 1,437,664 tons of liquid bulk products moving through the Port last year compared to the 1,267,915 tons handled in 2013, a 13.39 percent increase.  These cargoes are handled via a tank farm located adjacent from the Tioga Marine Terminal, where liquid bulk vessels arrive.

The five consecutive years of double-digit cargo growth at the Port of Philadelphia is detailed as follows: 3,628,312 metric tons handled in 2010, a 14 percent increase over the previous year; 4,001,759 tons handled in 2011, a 10 percent increase; 4,431,214 tons handled in 2012, an 11 percent increase; 5,100,385 tons handled in 2013, a 15 percent increase; and 5,970,480 tons handled in 2014, a more than 16 percent increase.

The cargo increases of 2014 and recent years are occurring amid an unprecedented period of expansion and investment.  As of right now, a $350 million project to deepen the Delaware River’s main channel from 40 to 45 feet is close to 70 percent complete, with the latest rounds of bids to deepen the remaining  areas or “reaches” of the river now being evaluated for an anticipated spring 2015 resumption of the project.  The deepening project, funded by the federal government with local matching funds provided by PRPA (an agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) is on track for completion in 2017, about the time a deeper and wider Panama Canal will begin serving the world’s ocean carriers.

Further, the PRPA Board of Directors is now evaluating 16 private-sector respondents for its Southport Project, the first major expansion of the Port of Philadelphia in several generations.  The three major parcels encompassing Southport are being offered by PRPA for a variety of potential maritime and energy uses, and the healthy level of responses to the Port’s October 2014 request for expressions of interest bodes well for this ambitious project to boost in a major way the level of economic activity at the Port of Philadelphia.

Additional information about the Port’s cargoes, as well as updates on the deepening project and Southport, can be found at PRPA’s website, www.philaport.com.

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning in the port district.  PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users.  Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other economic benefits.

Attached photograph: Wood pulp cargoes, manufactured by Fibria Celulose of Brazil, being handled at the Port of Philadelphia’s Tioga Marine Terminal.  A cargo that began arriving at the Port in 2014, Fibria’s wood pulp cargoes- used in the manufacture of paper towels, facial tissues, and other household paper products- are a big reason that the Port’s forest products cargoes jumped 28 percent in 2014.

 

 

 

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