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Philadelphia, July 11, 2014
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Dedicates Conference Room to Former Port Official
William B. McLaughlin Served as port's Government Affairs Head from 1986 to 2011

 

Philadelphia, June 16, 2014
Year-To-Date Cargo Statistics Strongly Indicate That 2014 Will Mark Fifth Consecutive Year of Sustained, Double-Digit Growth at the Port of Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia, March 31, 2014
Initial 2014 Cargo Statistics Indicate Continued Strong Growth at Port of Philadelphia

 

Madison, NJ, March 25, 2014
Maersk Line Reefer Art-Box Raises Awareness of Container Shipping
Frozen mussels from New Zealand to Port of Philadelphia begins Art-Box’s journey around the world to promote value of global container shipping

 

Philadelphia, February 27, 2014
Port of Philadelphia's 2013 Cargo Statistics Show 15% Increase In Cargoes Handled and Fourth Consecutive Year of Double-Digit Growth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL PORT AUTHORITY
DEDICATES CONFERENCE ROOM TO FORMER PORT OFFICIAL

WILLIAM B. McLAUGHLIN SERVED AS PORT’S
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS HEAD FROM 1986 TO 2011

 

PHILADELPHIA, JULY 11, 2014--  The employees of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority had the opportunity to say hello to an old friend this week, as former Director of Governmental & Public Affairs William B. McLaughlin, III emerged from retirement to visit the Port’s headquarters for a very special occasion: the dedication of an executive conference room in his honor.

“The McLaughlin Room”, as it came to be known in the months prior to its official dedication on Tuesday, July 8, is located near the offices of the Executive Director and Senior Deputy Executive Director, and is frequently used by those individuals, as well as other port staff, for meetings and conference calls.

“To differentiate that room from our other conference rooms, I started calling it the McLaughlin Room soon after it was constructed, in deference to our old friend Bill McLaughlin, who retired in 2011 and is still missed,” said PRPA Senior Deputy Executive Director Robert C. Blackburn.  “Happily, the name caught on, so we decided to make it official.”

Though Bill McLaughlin has kept in contact with his former colleagues since retiring, he had previously shied away from the limelight and declined any official recognition of his years of service, so it was a happy surprise when Bill agreed to take part in the dedication of his conference room on July 8.

“A conference room is an important tool for a port authority, as it’s where challenges are addressed and new ideas are introduced,” he said during his brief remarks prior to the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and dedication. “There was something about putting my name on a working conference room that moved me and got me out here today.  I truly thank you all for this honor.”

The 4:00 p.m. ceremony was presided over by PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr., and witnessed by about twenty-five members of PRPA’s administrative staff.  PRPA Board Member and ILA 1291 President Boise Butler also attended, as did Bill’s wife, Katherine Sokoloff.

After cutting a ribbon stretching across the conference room’s doorway, Bill entered the room and was immediately delighted by the many framed photographs of him hang on its walls, each depicting Bill during the course of his duties: greeting dignitaries, presiding over meetings, and traveling to points around the world representing the Port he served so well.  Shortly afterward, many of Bill’s friends and former colleagues continued the celebration at a local restaurant.

William B. McLaughlin, III was born in Philadelphia on November 17, 1945, and grew up in neighboring Delaware County.  He graduated Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Bernard College in Alabama in 1968.  He taught in the public school systems of Camden, New Jersey and West Chester, Pennsylvania.  In 1971, he was appointed Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Milton J. Shapp and in 1974 was named to the position of Legislative Secretary to the Governor, the youngest person to ever hold that position.  In 1978, he was appointed Senior Budget Analyst for the State Senate Appropriations Committee. 

In 1981, he was named Deputy City Representative in the Administration of Philadelphia Mayor William J. Green, in which capacity he represented the City at various public and civic events.  In 1986, he was appointed Director of Corporate Communications for the Philadelphia Port Corporation and in 1989, upon the Port Corporation becoming the state-sponsored Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, he became Director of Communications, Governmental and Public Affairs for that agency.  With a departmental re-organization in 2000, Mr. McLaughlin was totally focused on his career specialties as the agency’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs.

Mr. McLaughlin is married to Katharine Sokoloff and lives in Philadelphia.  A lifelong music enthusiast, Mr. McLaughlin served on the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Singers for over 25 years.  Currently, he is a Trustee of The Presser Foundation and is the former President and current Board Member of the Musical Fund Society, an endowed organization which provides grants to Philadelphia-area musicians and arts organizations.

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.

 

YEAR-TO-DATE CARGO STATISTICS STRONGLY INDICATE THAT 2014
WILL MARK FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF SUSTAINED, DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH
AT THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA

 

PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 16, 2014-- As activity at the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) approaches the halfway point of 2014, cargo statistics compiled thus far strongly suggest that 2014 will be another year of major successes at the Port of Philadelphia, with the fifth year of double-digit cargo growth a likely development by year’s end. 

Comparing the period of January to May 2014 with January to May 2013, containers have increased almost 29 percent; breakbulk cargoes have increased almost 16 percent; Roll-On/Roll-Off cargoes have increased almost 7 percent; and liquid bulk cargoes have increased more than 5 percent.  All told, total cargo tonnage at PRPA facilities is up over 13 percent when comparing January to May 2013 with January to May 2014.

The following figures illustrate many of the specific cargo gains at PRPA’s maritime facilities:

Containers have been a stand-out so far this year, with 177,335 TEU’s handled during January to May 2014 compared to the 137,734 TEU’s handled during January to May 2013, a dramatic gain of almost 29 percent.  Counted as metric tonnage, 1,152,862 metric tons of containerized cargo was handled in January to May 2014 compared to the 982,641 tons handled during the same period of 2013, a 17 percent gain.

Among breakbulk cargoes (those commodities not shipped in containers), steel and forest products showed particular gains.  176,717 metric tons of steel were handled January to May 2014 compared to the 100,460 tons handled during the same period of 2013, an almost 76 percent gain.  201,774 metric tons of forest products (including lumber, wood pulp, and rolls of high-quality paper) were handled January to May 2014 compared to the 177,356 tons handled during the same period of 2013, an almost 14 percent gain.  Fruit (99,944 metric tons handled) and cocoa beans (69,578 tons handled) performed about the same during the two periods being compared.

The major Roll-On/Roll-Off cargo at the Port of Philadelphia continues to be automobiles, principally new Hyundais and Kias from South Korea.  84,192 metric tons of automobiles arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in January to May 2014, compared to the 78,908 tons handled during the first five months of 2013, an almost 7 percent gain.  Counted as individual units, January to May 2014 saw 60,671 automobiles arrive here, compared to the 56,262 cars that arrived January to May 2013, and almost 8 percent gain.

558,349 metric tons of liquid bulk cargoes moved through the Port in January to May of this year, compared to the 529,985 tons moved during the same period last year, a 5.35 percent gain.

Looking at all cargoes in total, 2,371,099 metric tons of cargo moved through the facilities of the Port of Philadelphia in during January to May 2014, compared to the 2,088,250 metric tons that moved through those facilities during January to May 2013, a 13.54 percent gain.

“Between our aggressive terminal operators, our expert labor force, PRPA’s dedicated professional staff, the excitement created by the Delaware River Channel Deepening Project, and the excellent support we’ve received from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and his administration, the Port of Philadelphia has a formula in place for continued high performance, and I don’t think that is going to change,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp, Esq.  “And we still have some entirely new cargoes on the horizon, including wood pulp from Fibria Cellulose, which will begin arriving here this summer.  I really think that the sky is the limit for us.”

PRPA will report complete cargo statistics for the first half of 2014 as soon as they become available.  Based on these January to May figures, port officials are optimistic that those figures will continue the noteworthy and sustained growth the Port of Philadelphia has enjoyed since 2010.

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: Containers, like those seen here arriving at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, have been a standout cargo during the first five months of 2014.  TEU’s are up almost 29 percent when comparing January to May 2014 with the same period of 2013.

 

INITIAL 2014 CARGO STATISTICS INDICATE CONTINUED STRONG GROWTH
AT PORT OF PHILADELPHIA

 

PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 31, 2014-- Following on the heels of a very successful 2013 at the Port of Philadelphia, a year that marked the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth here, initial cargo figures strongly indicate that 2014 should deliver more of the same.

Despite record snow in the northeast and particularly in Philadelphia this past winter, the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority operated in business-as-usual fashion, and in fact saw several big increases in cargo.  Highlights include the following:

Containerized cargo continued its upward trend.  60,713 TEUs were handled in January and February 2014 compared to the 45,517 TEUs handled during the same period of 2013, a 33 percent gain.  Counted as tonnage, this amounts to 384,115 tons of containerized cargo handled so far this year compared to the 318,117 tons moved that same period last year, a 21 percent gain.

Breakbulk cargoes (general cargo not shipped in containers) are so far up 17%, with 200,266 metric tons of cargo handled YTD 2014 compared to the 171,552 tons handled during the same period of 2013.  This is largely due to a major increase in steel traffic: 73,115 tons handled YTD 2014 compared to the 17,489 tons moved during the same period last year.

Automobiles are also seeing big gains so far this year.  35,875 metric tons of automobiles (primarily Hyundai and Kia automobiles from South Korea) were handled in January and February 2014 compared to the 23,206 tons handled during the same period of 2013, a 55 percent gain.  Counted as individual units, 25,718 cars had been moved by the end of February, compared to the 17,143 cars moved in January and February of 2013, a 50 percent gain.

With 232,963 metric tons of liquid bulk cargoes handled in January and February 2104 compared to the 215,434 tons handled during that same period of 2013, liquid bulk was up a solid 8 percent.

Looking at the Port of Philadelphia’s total cargo tonnage in January and February, 853,219 metric tons of cargo were handled at PRPA’s facilities Year-To-Date 2014 compared to the 728,309 tons handled during the same period of 2013, a 17 percent gain.

“Last year the Port of Philadelphia handled 5,100,385 tons of cargo, a big 15 percent gain over 2012’s figures,” said Charles G. Kopp, Esq., Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.  “That also marked the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth at the Port.  And now, as we are well into 2014, it looks like this year will continue our trend of the current year building on the last.  These great numbers from this past winter, in conjunction with terminals that are bustling with activity on a regular basis, indicate that this will be yet another terrific year at the Port of Philadelphia.”

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: Container activity at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on March 25, 2014.  TEU numbers at the Port were up 33 percent in January and February 2014 compared to the same period of 2013.

 

Maersk Line Reefer Art-Box Raises Awareness of Container Shipping

Frozen mussels from New Zealand to Port of Philadelphia begins Art-Box’s journey around the world to promote value of global container shipping

Madison, New Jersey, March 25, 2014 – Maersk Line, the world’s leading ocean transportation company and a unit of the Maersk Group, announces today the arrival of the Maersk Line Reefer Art-Box, a 40’ high-cube, at the Port of Philadelphia marking the first voyage of the container designed to promote container shipping.  The Art-Box’s inaugural shipment contains frozen OP Columbia’s Coromandel Greenshell mussels from New Zealand.  The mussel shipment is destined for Mark Foods, New York.

Maersk Line and the Port of Auckland, New Zealand co-commissioned two famous, New Zealand street artists Askew1 and Trust Me to each paint one side of the reefer container.  ‘Gigi’ by Askew1 covers one side of the container and a reworked version of Trust Me’s ‘Greetings from Aotearoa’, appears on the other side.

After Philadelphia, the container will continue to travel around the world to gain attention for container shipping.  Often considered the ‘invisible industry’, container shipping is actually the most low cost, energy efficient form of global transportation that functions as the world’s economic engine.  The refrigerated Art-Box will serve as a reminder, as it delivers food and other perishables to people throughout the world, that container shipping is essential for global economic growth and vitality.

“We are pleased to be part of this exciting project that illuminates container shipping’s value as a driving force in connecting world markets and creating economic growth.  The fact that the Art-Box is a refrigerated container further emphasizes the contribution state-of-the-art containerized technology makes to providing healthy, fresh food to markets throughout the world,” said Bill Duggan, Vice President of Refrigerated Sales, Maersk Line North America.

"The refrigerated trade is vital to the Port of Philadelphia,” says Philadelphia Regional Port Authority's Director of Marketing, Sean Mahoney.  "Beyond that, the importance of world trade and containerized shipping cannot be underestimated for the local economy. We are excited that Maersk has chosen to make Philadelphia the ArtBox's first destination on its trip around the world."

Follow the Art-Box on Twitter:  #ArtBoxNZ.  People that see the traveling Art-Box are encouraged to photograph the painted container and share their images with Maersk Line and Ports of Auckland using the hashtag #ArtBoxNZ, #MaerskLine and #PortsofAuckland.

 

 

PORT OF PHILADELPHIA’S 2013 CARGO STATISTICS
SHOW 15 PERCENT INCREASE IN CARGOES HANDLED
AND FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH

 

PHILADELPHIA, FEBRUARY 27, 2014--  The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) is pleased to announce that its newly-released cargo statistics for 2013 again indicate not only a major increase in cargo tonnage compared to the previous year, but also the fourth consecutive year of double-digit cargo growth.  Specifically, the maritime facilities of the Port of Philadelphia handled 5,100,385 metric tons of containerized and breakbulk cargoes in 2013, a healthy gain of over 15 percent compared to the 4,431,214 tons handled in 2012.

“We had a very busy 2013, so we were somewhat expecting good news when final cargo figures were compiled,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp, Esq.  “Still, you never know until you see the numbers, which in this case well exceeded our optimistic expectations.  To exceed 5 million tons of total cargo, with double-digit cargo growth for the fourth year in a row, is a testament to all the hard-working men and women in this port, as well as the strong support we receive from our state government.”

Virtually all cargoes at the Port of Philadelphia showed gains, often large ones, last year.  The following are among the highlights.

CONTAINERS

With 2,443,248 metric tons of containerized cargoes handled in 2013 compared to the 2,003,909 tons handled in 2012, containerized cargoes were up a dramatic 22 percent.  Counted as TEU’s, 367,499 TEU’s were moved in 2013 compared to 2012’s 273,190 units, a 34.52 percent gain.  Containers are primarily handled at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, which is operated by Holt Logistics.

BREAKBULK CARGOES (cargoes not shipped in containers)

With 480,264 metric tons of forest products (principally rolls of high-quality paper) arriving at the Port of Philadelphia in 2013 compared to 376,980 tons handled in 2012, forest products were a sizable 27 percent.  Forest Products are handled at PRPA’s Forest Products Distribution Center at Piers 78, 80 & 74, which is operated by Penn Warehousing and Distribution Company.

Cocoa beans showed a big 34 percent gain, with 121,639 metric tons of cocoa beans arriving at the Port in 2013 compared to the 90,529 tons arriving the year before.  Cocoa beans are handled at PRPA’s dedicated cocoa bean facility at Pier 84, operated by Dependable Distribution Services, Inc.

Sugar, which returned to the Port in 2012 after an absence of many years, continued its strong return with a 100 percent jump in 2013 (47,327 metric tons handled in 2013 compared to 2012’s 24,331 tons).  Sugar arrives at PRPA’s Tioga Marine Terminal, operated by Delaware River Stevedores.

 

Miscellaneous breakbulk cargoes (one-time pieces of business, special shipments, etc.) created much activity in 2013, resulting in a 172.65 percent spike in business (2,552 tons handled in 2013 compared to the 936 tons handled in 2012).  This miscellaneous business encompassed a variety of cargoes spread out among all PRPA facilities.

Fruit (250,287 metric tons handled) and project cargo (42,317 tons handled) performed about the same in 2012 and 2013.

All told, 1,208,350 metric tons of breakbulk cargoes were handled at PRPA facilities in 2013, a 20 percent gain over the 1,007292 tons handled in 2012.

OTHER CARGOES

With 1,267,915 metric tons of liquid bulk cargoes arriving at the Port of Philadelphia in 2013 compared to the 1,227,095 tons arriving in 2012, liquid bulk cargoes were up over 3 percent.  Liquid bulk cargoes arrive at the southern end of the Tioga Marine Terminal and are moved via a pipeline bridge to the Kinder Morgan tank farm facility across the street.

With 180,872 metric tons of automobiles (representing 129,239 individual vehicles) moving through the Port in 2013, automobile tonnage was down slightly 6.4 percent.  This is largely due to the fact that this business (principally composed of Hyundai and Kia automobiles destined for US dealerships) began very dramatically in 2010 and kept building, making an eventual leveling off inevitable.  PRPA’s Automobile Processing Facility at Pier 98 Annex, operated by GLOVIS and Philly Ro-Ro, remains ones of PRPA’s busiest facilities.

“With a 15 percent jump in total cargoes, you might think we’d be somewhat satisfied,” said Chairman Kopp.  “But with so many exciting things on the horizon, including a deeper Delaware River and new cargoes that will begin arriving here in the months to come, I’m confident that next year’s numbers will continue our trend of regular, sizable growth.  We’re particularly excited by Fibria Cellulose, which will begin delivering wood pulp to the Tioga Marine Terminal this summer.  Thanks to the efforts of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and strong cooperation by labor and business in our port, Fibria will bring substantial new cargo activity here.”

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.

Description of attached photograph:  Sugar was one of the many cargoes that showed strong gains in 2014.  Seen here is sugar from Colombia arriving at the Port of Philadelphia’s Tioga Marine Terminal.

 

 

 

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