PhilaPort Port Development Plan

PhilaPort focused on the following goals as it evaluated market demand, land utilization and current cargo needs in crafting the proposed development plan:

  • Achieve a regional competitive position.
  • Expand capacity to meet current market demand and capitalize on growth potential within the industry (Panama Canal).
  • Enhance the port as an economic engine for job growth of family sustaining jobs that reflect the composition of our community.
  • Increase and sustain port profitability.
  • Generate significant Commonwealth and City Tax revenues.
  • Create and maintain a diverse commodity base.
  • Support continued business expansion and modernization of the port.
  • A commitment to safety and environmental stewardship.

The proposed development plan effectively:

  • Serves as the foundation for the Master Plan and accelerates its implementation.
  • Improves competitive position for breakbulk cargoes with a focus on wood pulp.
  • Provides increased container capacity in least amount of time.
  • Retains and grows auto business.
  • Provides demand driven allocation of acreage and incorporates future “flex” space determined by market forces.
  • Builds upon Delaware River Channel Deepening & Panama Canal expansion.
  • Provides the foundation for future revenue growth.

→ Click below to view summaries of the 3 areas of improvement this Port Development plan:

Packer Avenue Marine Terminal 

  • Approx. $188 million

  • 2X Growth in container capacity

  • New container capacity: 900,000 TEUs

» Proposed Improvements for Containers included in PhilaPort’s Port Development Plan:

  1. Berth infrastructure improvements.1
  2. New fendering to handle larger ships.1
  3. New berths at 45’. 1
  4. Enhance terminal electric grid to support additional load. 1
  5. Purchase of three new electric post-Panamax ship to shore gantry cranes. 1
  6. Relocation of 365,000 sq. feet of warehouse space off the terminal. 1
  7. Installation of electrical hook ups for ships while in port (Cold ironing). 1
  8. Removal of outmoded cranes.1
  9. Conversion of two Hyundai cranes from diesel to electric. 1
  1. Dedication, improvement and utilization of 40 acres of the Publicker site for container expansion.2
  2. Purchase of one new electric post-Panamax ship to shore gantry crane.2
1 indicates PhilaPort-expected improvements to PAMT
2 indicates Tenant-expected improvements to PAMT

Southport Auto Terminal 

  • Approx. $93 million investment

  • 2X Growth in auto capacity

» Proposed Improvements for Autos  included in PhilaPort’s Port Development Plan:

  1. Grading, paving, fencing and lighting of 155 additional acres for automobile use.
  2. Erection of a second processing location.
  3. Installation of new car wash station.
  4. Relocation of the existing employee parking lot.

Tioga Marine Terminal 

  • Approx. $12 million

  • 21% growth in Breakbulk capacity

» Proposed Improvements for Breakbulk included in PhilaPort’s Port Development Plan:

  1. Construction of new 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse.
  2. Erection of a modular office building.
Complete Port Development Plan PDF

Delaware River Main Channel Deepening

Map of Delaware River Main Channel Deepening projectDelaware River Main Channel Deepening (DRMCD) project will deepen the Port’s main channel from 40 to 45 feet mean low water.* Currently 99.9% complete, will have spanned seven years when completed – with a targeted completion date of Summer 2019.

The deeper channel will provide for more efficient transportation of containerized, dry bulk (steel and slag) and liquid bulk (crude oil and petroleum products) cargo to and from the Delaware River ports, with estimated net annualized benefits of more than $13 million to the U.S. economy. Under a Project Partnership Agreement signed in 2008, the total cost of initial construction, approximately $300 million, is shared 35 percent by Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PhilaPort) as the non-federal sponsor, and 65 percent by the federal government through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. – via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District Marine Design Center.


*The Delaware River has a 6 foot (1.83 meter) tide.
Delaware River Main Channel Deepening project →