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Paulsboro Marine Terminal Is Open for Business – First Vessel Arrives

On March 2, 2017, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal (PMT) in Paulsboro, NJ, officially opened with more than 300 guests at an event welcoming the first vessel, the M/V Doric Warrior, and the commencement of cargo operations. The recent completion of phase one of the Paulsboro Marine Terminal project marks the first new general cargo marine terminal to be constructed along the Delaware River in more than 50 years.

The event included remarks from Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger, SJPC Executive Director Kevin Castagnola, NLMK USA President Robert Miller, BP Manager Patricia Gallery, Holt Logistics President Leo Holt, and Mayor of Paulsboro Gary Stevenson.

Funded largely through $175 million of South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) bonds issued in 2009, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal stands as one of the most significant and prudent investments by and for the people of New Jersey in growing southern New Jersey’s economy and its vital role in international trade and commerce. What began formally in 2004 as a Memorandum of Understanding between the SJPC and Gloucester County after Senator Steve Sweeney and Assemblyman Burzichelli envisioned transforming the former BP tank farm into a bustling port, the site is now a place of international commerce and economic activity.

“The Paulsboro Port project is a prime example of an unwavering commitment and collaboration by our local and state leaders that made this a job-creating reality, stated Kevin Castagnola, SJPC’s executive director and CEO.” “Moreover, it is a true public-private partnership between the State of New Jersey, SJPC, Gloucester County, the Borough of Paulsboro, and Holt that has brought an expansion of New Jersey’s intermodal transportation infrastructure to grow water-borne commerce and energize the regional economy.”

One of the first steps was the construction of the $23 million access road that diverts truck traffic away from the neighborhoods. Senator Sweeney, Assemblyman Burzichelli and Freeholder Director Damminger were instrumental in securing NJDOT funding for the public roadway and bridge over the Mantua Creek which provides a direct link between the terminal and Rt. 295.

“Vision is just another word for dream,” stated Richard Alaimo, chairman of the SJPC Board. “It’s the doers, like Governor Chris Christie – and his predecessors – as well as State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assemblyman – and former Paulsboro Mayor – John Burzichelli, Congressman Donald Norcross and, of course, Joe Balzano, our late executive director – who worked tirelessly and collaboratively to turn the Paulsboro Marine Terminal dream into reality.”

Early in the project, SJPC formed a partnership with the Gloucester County Improvement Authority (GCIA) who served as the construction agent for the design and construction of the terminal. SJPC and GCIA worked with the world-class engineering firms: CHM2Hill for the design engineering and AECOM for construction management. The completed first phase has an 850-foot marginal wharf and state-of-the-art on terminal and dockside rail.

More than 300,000 cu/ft of dredged material was used to raise the terminal landscape and protect it against a once in a century flood. The PMT berth(s) have dock-side rail – augmented by millions of dollars in regional rail upgrades and improved rail access through three Class A railroads from the southern New Jersey peninsula to the heartland of the United States and Canada. The rail components of the project were in part funded through a federal TIGER III grant and a NJDOT Rail Freight Assistance grant.

With operations of the PMT the key to its success, the SJPC entered into a terminal operator agreement with Holt Logistics, who is the terminal operator and principal employer supporting hundreds of jobs at the terminal. This public-private partnership is already paying dividends as Paulsboro has become the prime port of call for NLMK USA.

A 50-acre dockside parcel at PMT has been dedicated to the import of steel stabs for NLMK USA, one of the leading suppliers of steel products in the US. NLMK USA will use PMT as a prime port to import steel slabs for rail shipment for distribution throughout North America.

The opening of the PMT marks the completion of Phase One and the beginning of a continued expansion to grow water-borne cargo business. Phase Two will extend the wharf to 2,200 feet to accommodate up to four ships, a 500-foot barge berth, and upland improvements to accommodate future cargo customer needs.

SJPC Posts Increased Cargo Activity for 2016

South Jersey Port Corporation, in 2016, recorded its third highest year of steel cargo with 741,691 short tons and saw a 29% increase in both recycled metals and cement tonnage.

“Cargo activity remained strong during the past year, as steel, cement, recycled metals, wood products, and Grancem© kept the terminals busy,” stated Kevin Castagnola, Executive Director of the South Jersey Port Corporation.

“2016 was a transitional year for the port facilities. Construction of the new Paulsboro Marine Terminal entered into the final stage, the transformative changes to the Broadway Terminal with the development of the Holtec Technology Center are rapidly being realized, and the Salem Port, closed for upgrades in 2016, returns to full operations,” he added.

“Our facilities in Camden, Paulsboro and Salem are poised to grow in 2017, both in the number of ship calls and cargo tonnage, with the commencement of operations at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal; the completion of the deepening of the Delaware River channel to 45-feet later this year; and technology enhancements at the Balzano Marine Terminal.”

The combined cargo tonnage for steel, cement and recycled metal in 2016 was 1,873,123 short tons compared to 1,732,055 in 2015. This 141,068 increase in tonnage for these commodities represents a year over year increase of 8%.

These three cargoes account for more than 80% of all cargo tonnage handled by the SJPC and greatly mitigated declines in other cargoes.

Last year’s closing of the Salem Port from March to December to upgrade the terminal facilities resulted the decrease in sand tonnage from 245,865 to 26,681. In turn, the Salem Port deficit triggered an overall slight decline in overall total tonnage to 2,293,657 for the SJPC.

However, 2016 tonnage was still 55,956 tons higher than in 2014 representing the stabilization of higher cargo tonnage as the region continues to rebound from the recession.

There were 182 ships that moved through the Port in 2016 registering 456 ship-days.

Steel, especially steel imports for the industrial heartland whose shippers have increasingly opted to use the SJPC’s marine terminals during the seasonal St. Lawrence Seaway shutdown, has been steadily growing with the shippers’ confidence in the SJPC.

SJPC Posts Increased Cargo Activity For 2015

At the January 26, 2016 SJPC Board of Directors meeting, the agency reported its marine terminals achieved another year of cargo growth in 2015 with tonnage increasing by 12% over 2014 to 2,525,562 short tons. This is the third consecutive year of achieving double digit percent growth at the marine terminals in Camden and Salem.

“We had another good year of growth reflecting both a trend of cargo growth and confidence in the regional and global economies,” said Kevin Castagnola, chief executive officer and executive director of the SJPC.

Overall breakbulk cargoes, consisting of steel, calcium chloride, cocoa beans, fruit and wood products, combined for 1,093,003 s/tons, finishing virtual even with 2014.

Steel imports tonnage lead all cargoes with 832,153 s/tons. This result is SJPC’s 2nd largest steel tonnage total, trailing only 8% behind 2014’s mark of 900,000 tons. The consistence throughput of steel imports reflects a growing reliance on the SJPC’s marine terminals by shippers of steel from Europe to the American industrial heartland.

The terminals handled 47,867 s/tons of super sacks containing 50 lbs. bags of calcium chloride; besting 2014 by 60%. This consumer ready product is at great demand when the Mid-Atlantic winters produce snow and ice. Import fruit returned to Broadway Terminal’s Pier 5 during November and December, with five ship calls carrying 9,990.00 s/tons. Although a modest result, the new activity to Pier 5 is a welcome result. Import wood products improved by 48% over 2014, reaching 160,255 s/tons. Import cocoa beans finished the year with 41,344 tons; off from 2014 by -37%.

Dry bulk cargoes collectively reached 1,432,545 s/tons in 2015; improving by 24% over 2014. Export recycled metals, through Camden Iron & Metal, handled 525,221 s/tons; a 1% improvement over the previous year. Essroc’s import cement and export Gramcem® each finished -4% off of 2014 with 355,184 s/tons and 105,162 s/tons respectively. Other bulks, including road salt, sand, Urea, Pumice and Gypsum filled out the remainder of the activity.

During 2015, the SJPC’s marine terminals handled 206 ships compared to 157 in 2014. The number of ship days (i.e. the number of days a ship is loading or unloading at its terminals) increased from 543 to 462; an 82% increase.

SJPC 2015 Port Activity Release

Foreign-Trade Zone 142 – Application for Subzone, Nine West Holdings, Inc., West Deptford, New Jersey

A Notice by the Foreign-Trade Zones Board on 10/20/2015

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board by the South Jersey Port Corporation, grantee of FTZ 142, requesting subzone status for the facilities of Nine West Holdings, Inc., located in West Deptford, New Jersey. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on October 14, 2015.

The proposed subzone would consist of the following sites: Site 1 (27.18 acres) 1245 Forest Parkway West, West Deptford; and, Site 2 (33.28 acres) 1250 Parkway West, West Deptford. The proposed subzone would be subject to the existing activation limit of FTZ 142. No authorization for production activity has been requested at this time.

In accordance with the FTZ Board’s regulations, Kathleen Boyce of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to review the application and make recommendations to the Executive Secretary.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is November 30, 2015. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to December 14, 2015.

A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230-0002, and in the “Reading Room” section of the FTZ Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.

For further information, contact Kathleen Boyce at Kathleen.Boyce@trade.gov or (202) 482-1346.
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Special SJPC Board of Directors Meeting -October 5, 2015

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A 10:4-6, the South Jersey Port Corporation is providing notice that the Board of Directors will hold a special teleconference meeting on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST in the “A” Building Conference Room located in the Balzano Marine Terminal, 101 Joseph A. Balzano Boulevard, N.J. 08103. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of this meeting is to consider the a ground lease with Standard Merchandising Company for 4.3 acres located at 1535 Broadway in Camden. A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public.

Broadway Road at Broadway Terminal is Detoured for County Road Project

Beginning Tuesday, September 29th, a portion of Broadway will be detoured for a Camden County road project that could take up to a year to complete, adjacent to the Broadway Terminal. The work will close the corridor from Morgan Boulevard to Woodland Avenue for at least a year.

Vehicles traveling from the City of Camden toward Gloucester City will be directed off Broadway at Morgan Boulevard. Motorists can take Morgan Boulevard to Route 676 to Route 130 to Market Street in Gloucester City; that route will bring drivers back to Broadway. Cars traveling from Gloucester City to Camden should turn off Broadway at Market Street and proceed to 130 where they can take 676 to the Morgan Boulevard exit in Camden to return to Broadway.

An alternate, truck-only route has been established for large commercial vehicles to access the South Jersey Port.
To report concerns on Camden County roadways, call the public works hotline at (856) 566-2980 or visit www.camdencounty.com.

World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit Impact to Port Operations and Travel

In advance of this week’s World Meeting of Families events and the Papal Visit to Philadelphia, traffic will be impacted by a number of road closures, the closure of the Ben Franklin Bridge and river traffic will be impacted by a number USCG safety zones through a period from Thursday, September 24th through and including Monday, September 28th. NJ Governor Christie has issued Executive Order No. 184 declaring and proclaiming that a State of Emergency exists across New Jersey for the purpose of managing this event and coordinating mutual aid through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) effective September 18, 2015 through 8:00.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

SJPC’s Balzano Marine Terminal and the Broadway Terminal will remain open and operational during this period. Plan ahead if you are transiting to our facilities or through the area during this period.

Below are additional security and operation schedules for other agencies. Additional information will be distributed as it is received.

NJ Department of Transportation Papal Visit – Plan Your Visit Resources for what to expect.

Transportation Security Administration Security Awareness Message. The TSA addresses surface transportation, including trucks and rail freight.

U.S. Coast Guard Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers Security Zones

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Custom House Closure

SJPC Board Meeting – September 29, 2015

The next SJPC Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2015, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Broadway Terminal Boardroom, located at 2500 Broadway, Camden, NJ 08104.

The remaining 2015 SJPC Board of Directors meeting schedule is:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.