PhilaPort awarded $25.5 million for Packer Avenue Marine Terminal Capacity & Warehouse Relocation Project

Philadelphia, June, 20, 2018 —

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded PhilaPort (Philadelphia Regional Port Authority) a $25.5 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to complete the second phase of a multi-phase improvement plan at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

The INFRA grant program provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing the nation’s aging infrastructure. Among the 26 grant winners, PhilaPort is one of only two ports to receive funding and the only maritime-related project to receive funding in Pennsylvania.

The investment will add capacity to modernize the terminal, including deeper berth (45 feet) to match the depth of the Delaware River’s main channel; two crane conversions from diesel to electric; and demolition and relocation/construction of a new temperature-controlled warehouse.

In 2017, PhilaPort container cargoes grew by 19%, leading all U.S. East Coast ports. Packer Avenue Marine Terminal also handled its largest vessel at 12,200 TEUs.

USDOT notified congressional authorizing committees of jurisdiction last week of 26 projects selected to receive a total of approximately $1.5 billion. [*UPDATED: The Infra Grant has been reviewed and approved by the committees.*] This important $25.5 million INFRA grant follows Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s $300 million capital investment towards the Port Development Plan.

 

To read the U.S. Department of Transportation INFRA Grants Press Release, click here.
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PhilaPort,  The Port of Philadelphia 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. PhilaPort works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospect 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.