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South Jersey’s New Paulsboro Marine Terminal Receives First Ship

The South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC)’s new Paulsboro Marine Terminal officially commenced operation March 1 with the docking of the bulk carrier Doric Warrior carrying steel slabs destined for processing plants in Indiana and Western Pennsylvania.

The opening was celebrated with a gathering of representatives from Gloucester County, Holt Logistics Corp and local businesses.

Calling it "one of the most exciting days of my career," New Jersey State President Steve Sweeney said: "This is the first modern port to be built along the Delaware River in more than 50 years and a lot of people did not believe this day would ever come. Well, here we are and this port is a game changer for our region."

The new terminal stands on a site once occupied by a BP oil tank farm. In 2007, BP agreed to remediate the brownfield, provide early funding for feasibility studies and planning, and lease 190 acres of land to Paulsboro for $1 for a 99-year term. In 2009, ground was broken for the Paulsboro Marine Terminal.

"The vessel that started work this week at Paulsboro represents yet another example of the international communities’ increasing faith in the Delaware River and the abundant opportunities that exist for growth here," said Leo Holt, president of terminal operator Holt Logistics Corp. "In the past 24 months, 185 Gloucester County residents have gained employment in our port operations in New Jersey. Today, we can count over 100 active port workers in our system in Southern New Jersey, and expect these numbers to multiply in the coming years."  

"Funded through $175 million South Jersey Port Corporation bonds, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal is 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," said Kevin Castagnola, the port corporation’s executive director.

"This project," he continued, "is a prime example of an unwavering commitment and collaboration by our local and state leaders that made this a job-creating reality. Moreover, it is a true public-private partnership between SJPC, Gloucester County, the Borough of Paulsboro and Holt Logistics Corp that has brought an expansion of New Jersey’s intermodal transportation infrastructure grow water-borne commerce and energize the regional economy."

Holt Logistics has already invested more than $12 million at the site for cranes, major rolling stock and capital equipment.

NMLK USA, a supplier of steel to the U.S. market, will be bringing two ships a month to Paulsboro Marine Terminal for the next year and one ship weekly thereafter.

Welcoming Doris Warrior, the first ship to call Paulsboro Marine Terminal
Photo/Holt Logistics Corp.


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