Rep. Norcross Announces $750,000 for South Jersey Port Infrastructure Improvements
February 27, 2023
CAMDEN CITY, NJ – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced $750,000 in new funding that the congressman secured in the FY 2023 omnibus package. The money will be used to stabilize Berth 1 at the Balzano Marine Terminal so the port can meet increasing business activity.
“The ‘liquid highway’ that is the Delaware River is an economic lifeline for South Jersey and the surrounding region,” said Congressman Norcross. “By investing in our critical infrastructure, we are increasing the capacity of our ports and local businesses to access markets not just here in South Jersey, but across the country. Additionally, this funding will create good-paying jobs. I’m proud to have fought for this funding in Congress and look forward to seeing the positive economic impact this project has on our region.”
“We want to thank Congressman Norcross for his advocacy in Washington and his ongoing support of our mission at the South Je
DELAWARE RIVER STEVEDORES NEW LEADER SOLIDIFIES CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH SOUTH JERSEY PORTS IN PROVIDING CUSTOMER SERVICE
For the Delaware River Stevedores (DRS) new leader Andy Sentyz, it’s a role that has deep roots in his family. “I’m a third-generation stevedore,” said Sentyz with pride. “My grandfather was a stevedore. So were four of his five sons, including my father. So, when I was 18 years old and found out that I was going to be a dad - my father told me: ‘You’re going to the docks. You’re going to work. You got a family to support.” He worked his way up through the ranks and possesses first-hand knowledge of the frontline operations of loading and unloading ships and the critical importance the stevedores’ role in the supply chain.
For families, like Sentyz’s, living in the brick rowhomes along the South Philadelphia waterfront, the docks of Camden and Philadelphia were – and still are - a place where you didn’t have to go to college – or even high school - to make good money to support your family if you were willing to work hard.
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CELEBRATING COLLABORATION…SOUTH JERSEY PORTS MARK 30-YEAR PARTNRSHIP WITH CLIPPER AMERICAS
The successful 30-year partnership between Clipper Americas shipping lines of Copenhagen and the South Jersey Ports was marked - not by bands or the popping of champagne corks - but by the orchestra of cranes, forklifts, and cargo-moving equipment as crews off-load rolls of high-quality European steel coils, tin, and structural steel from Clipper ships. The materials are then instantly dispatched and transported to manufacturers and construction projects throughout the heartland of America and Canada.
“Our business and tonnage grew tremendously at the South Jersey Ports from one ship a month 30 years ago, to now when we have three to four off-loading in Camden in a month,” said Peter Svensson, Senior Vice President, Clipper Americas. “Tonnage to Camden grew from under 200,000 tons a year to over 1 million last year. Our customers, especially our specialty steel customers, expect quality service and that is what our partnership delivers.”
It’s a partnership that has pr
SOUTH JERSEY PORT AWARDED $1.1 MILLION GRANT FOR ITS RAIL INTEGRATION PROGRAM
South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) was awarded a $1,108,254 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Rail Freight Assistance Program to advance its Rail Integration Program. The program increases the efficiencies of port operations and provides greater options for customers and transporting cargo. Rail shipping is a cost-effective option that can save time and money, and reduce emissions with estimates showing that on average moving freight by rail can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.
The grant will enable SJPC to purchase an electric rail car mover and two mobile loading docks. “This is another step in the program to ensure that our ports have competitive rail options so that our customers can take advantage of the three Class 1A railways that service our terminals,” said Brendan Dugan, Assistant Executive Director and Chief Commercial Officer for SJPC. “We are also investing $6 million to upgrade the rails at our Joseph A. Balzano Marine Terminal
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: LEHIGH HANSON
Lehigh Hanson, a core South Jersey Port Corporation tenant/partner, and aggressive ally in battling climate change, is working hard to reduce its environmental footprint and is committed to becoming carbon neutral.
“The climate is changing in ways that impact our planet and contribute to rising temperatures, rising seas, flooding, and droughts,” said Lusmerlin Lantigua, Plant Manager of the Lehigh Hanson slag grinding facility in Camden. “We all must strive to reduce our energy use, conserve water, and protect our natural resources. As a company, we are committed to achieving net zero emissions. ”
HeidelbergCement, the global parent company of Lehigh Hanson, is one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of building materials and solutions, with leading market positions in aggregates, cement, and ready-mixed concrete. As a forerunner on the path to carbon neutrality, HeidelbergCement crafts material solutions for the future.
As part of its commitment to b
CUSTOMER FOCUS: FAMILY-OWNED STEVEDORING COMPANY, TRI-STATE BULK HANDLING THRIVES AT SOUTH JERSEY PORT
Supply chain discussions are often dominated by global corporate giants, but the world’s supply chain depends on thousands of local small companies like Page Lyons’s Tri-State Bulk Handling to be the ball bearings that make the global trade machine run smoothly.
“America is built on small business and so is the world’s supply chain,” said Lyons whose family-owned-and-run stevedoring companies have moved tens of millions of tons of bulk cargo at the South Jersey Port Corporation's marine terminals in Camden.
“Page is a fantastic partner who we, at the port, and his customers trust to get the job done,” said Andy Saporito, Executive Director and CEO of the South Jersey Port Corporation. “He is successful because he is customer-focused and handles cargo the way the customer wants: fast, safe, and efficient. And, by the way, he is a people person which is important in our industry where personal relationships are the coin of the realm.”
An affable man with a quic
SOUTH JERSEY PORT CORPORATION STRENGTHENS MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH NEW HIRES
(September 2022) The Board of Directors of the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) strengthened its management team with the recent appointments of Lisa M. McLaughlin as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer and August E. (Gus) Knestaut as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs.
“These are two excellent, highly-experienced and accomplished professionals who now have responsibility for some of the most critical aspects of the SJPC’s legal, regulatory and financial operations,” said Andy Saporito, the ports’ Executive Director and CEO. “They have the skills and, just as importantly, the personalities and work ethic that synchs well with the executive leadership team we have built over the past two years.”
McLaughlin is a Certified Public Accountant with an MBA from Georgian Court College who served as Chief Financial Officer for Monmouth County Ocean Hospital Service Corporation. She has decades of experience in budgeting, finance, auditing, and billing and collect
SOUTH JERSEY PORTS OPERATING CLEANER AND GREENER
The South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) has deployed its first all-electric terminal tractor, the vanguard of 27 cargo-handling “green machines” which are funded by a $6.6 million grant from Governor Phil Murphy’s Administration. It’s all part of the Governor’s $100 million initiative to grow the green economy by creating new jobs while battling climate change by turning to clean energy alternatives and making New Jersey fully powered by clean energy by 2050.
“As we work determinedly to safeguard New Jersey against the impacts of climate change, we must electrify not just light-duty vehicles, but the medium- and heavy-duty tractors and equipment upon which our thriving logistics industry depends,” said Governor Murphy. “There is no better place to continue our efforts than at the South Jersey Port Corporation, which is contributing to our state’s national reputation as an offshore wind hub. Here in South Jersey, we’re proving that transitioning to clean energy
South Jersey Port Corporation moved their corporate headquarters to the Camden waterfront last week. We are occupying office space in the Ferry Terminal Building which is just a short drive from the Balzano Marine Terminal. The new office will allow SJPC to consolidate the executive, engineering, administrative, and accounting departments into one location allowing for better efficiency and meeting space for business development and administrative functions. The move will also result in creating additional space to meet future port operational and space needs. Our new address is 2 Aquarium Drive, Suite 100, Camden NJ 08103.
Customer Spotlight: Camden Yards Steel
“2021 was our best business year ever,” Michael J. Amato, president of Camden Yards Steel Company at the South Jersey Ports’ Broadway Terminal proclaimed proudly as he cast an optimistic but cautious eye toward 2022.
Sales volumes and imported tonnage of steel all hit record levels in 2021 for the family-owned-and-operated steel fabricator which, in turn, contributed in part to an overall record tonnage year for the South Jersey Ports. The company increased its steel imports by 20% to 200,000 tons last year.
Camden Yards Steel is an International Organization for Standards (ISO) certified prime flat rolled steel service company that specializes in the processing and distribution of full truckload quantities flat rolled steel. With over fifty years of experience in the steel industry, they service customers across the entire United States and parts of the Mid-Atlantic region.
“Camden Yards Steel has been a great long-term partner of ours and is an example of the type of
South Jersey Port Corporation Announces Appointment of Chris Perks to Director of Engineering Position
The South Jersey Port Corporation is pleased to announce the recent appointment of veteran engineer Chris Perks to the organization’s team. Perks was appointed as the Director of Engineering to support the agency’s growth strategy and continue to provide quality customer service for current and future tenants and customers. The appointment of Perks comes as the port closed on a record-breaking year for cargo handling and a flurry of capital projects, improvements, and milestones of the burgeoning offshore wind energy industry in South Jersey. Ensuring a strong leadership team has been a mission of Andrew Saporito, the agency’s Executive Director and CEO, who has assembled an experienced leadership team since first being appointed in 2019.
Perks has extensive experience in local public works engineering and construction markets and experience in project engineering related to design and construction of multi-disciplined large capital projects. He has previously and successfully
2021 Cargo Numbers Indicate Record-breaking Year for South Jersey Ports
The final numbers are in and the South Jersey Port Corporation closed out 2021 with an all-time record-breaking cargo volume of 4,636,097 tons, a 54% increase over 2020, breaking the previous record by 6%.
“That’s the best in the history of the South Jersey Ports and we’re expecting 2022 to be a very strong year that may top 2021,” reported Andy Saporito, Executive Director and CEO of South Jersey Port Corporation at the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. “This milestone is a testament to the skilled workers and partners who keep goods moving through the supply chain while our team seeks solutions to improve efficiency, attract business and build for the future. The ongoing collaboration with SJPC’s labor force and industry partners lifted the port to this extraordinary record during the challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Saporito.
The dramatic increases in tonnage came from nearly all the SJPC’s prime cargo sectors: steel,
SJPC WINS $1 MILLION GRANT THANKS TO SENATOR MENENDEZ, SENATOR BOOKER & CONGRESSMAN NORCROSS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-N.J.-01) today announced $1,010,800 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to support the operations at Balzano Marine Terminal at the Port of Camden. The South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC), which operates the marine terminal, will use the funding to purchase two American-made, low emission reach stackers, which will help improve operations and throughput at the terminal.
“With billions of dollars of goods coming through New Jersey’s ports every year, we must invest in their infrastructure to secure our competitiveness and keep our state and national economies moving,” said Sen. Menendez. “This federal grant will ensure Balzano Marine Terminal can continue moving goods and products in and out of the facility everyday smoothly and efficiently. Throughout my career, I have always advocated for our ports and I will continue fighting t
RAIL CONNECTIONS, EFFICIENTLY MOVING GOODS TO DESTINATIONS
South Jersey Ports offers on-demand commercial rail service to the Port of Salem with connections to both Class 1 Railroads - Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation. SMS Rail Lines provides the last mile to the port on the 19-mile branch owned by Salem County – which makes the Port of Salem competitive with many ports on the East Coast. Responsive rail service ensures that all the ports in Southern New Jersey serve as an integrated network offering importers and exporters necessary transportation options to move their goods. Freight rail continues to be the modal option to move breakbulk cargo off the port to consuming markets up and down the east coast as well as the mid-west.
In the past decade, $40 million has been invested to upgrade the Salem Rail Line. Cargo that has been handled on this line includes fertilizer products, fresh fruit and produce lumber, and aggregates that have come from both domestic and international points of origin. Rail service for industries in South
SHIPPING SPOTLIGHT: BERMUDA ISLANDER
Each Monday night, the Bermuda Islander sails from the Port of Salem for a Thursday docking at Bermuda’s Port of Hamilton with its weekly cargo of fresh produce, meats, and everyday consumer good – perhaps it seems mundane, but this service is vital to the islanders’ needs and the tourists that are Bermuda’s economy.
Since 1989, Bermuda International Shipping Ltd, a group mainly consisting of local importers and businesses in Bermuda, has shipped 35 percent of Bermuda’s consumer goods through the Port of Salem to its island paradise.
Most of the products arrive already consolidated in their containers from an established network of suppliers throughout the USA. Other suppliers take advantage of the excellent services provided by Mid-Atlantic Shipping and its managing owner Butch Irvine, who provide consolidation and storage services at their 9,000 square foot warehouse in Salem. Their 17 employees and reliable network of 25 truckers are locals who understand the need t
DECEMBER CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: U.S. CONCRETE
Forget the computer-chip shortage. The world’s economy is starving for sand - the key ingredient of concrete - and southern New Jersey has plenty of it, and the port to transport it efficiently from source to builder: South Jersey Port Corporation’s Port of Salem.
Each year approximately 400,000 tons of sand is mined in Salem County and barged from Port of Salem Marine Terminal for construction projects in the metropolitan New Jersey/New York region and, in the process, eliminating 16,000, 25-ton trucks from New Jersey highways.
The ubiquitous grain of ancient sediment is the key ingredient of concrete – the indispensable building block of all construction. As the post-COVID economy rebounds and President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure program kicks into gear the demand for southern New Jersey sand will grow.
Without sand, there’s no concrete. Without concrete, there’s no modern highway, buildings, ports, airports, tunnels, skyscrapers…there's no ec
MENENDEZ ANNOUNCES $9M TO EXPAND SALEM PORT SERVICES, HIGHLIGHTS NEW, GREEN JOBS ALONG DELAWARE RIVER
Standing on the docks of the Port of Salem on November 9th, United States Senator Robert Menendez announced that South Jersey Ports will receive a $9 federal grant to upgrade its Salem Marine Terminal to strengthen New Jersey’s leadership in building, supporting, and manufacturing key component for the offshore wind energy industry blossoming off the Atlantic coast.
The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant, which has been in the works for more than a year, comes as President Biden was preparing to sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that will mean an unprecedented investment of tens of billions of dollars into New Jersey’s ports, roads, airports, and other critical infrastructure over the next decade.
Added to the billions of dollars of public and private investments in South Jersey ports and specialized manufacturing to support offshore wind energy farms, the grant helps to fuel the state’s leadership in the $100 Billion offshore wind energy industry.
Congressman Donald Norcross tours South Jersey Ports with a focus on supporting job creation
Congressman Donald Norcross and new Camden Mayor Vic Carstarphen honored us with a visit at Balzano Marine Terminal in Camden on June 3.
Throughout his career as a labor leader, state senator, and congressman, whose congressional district spans our terminals in Camden and Paulsboro, Congressman Norcross has been a tireless advocate for our mission to maximize our maritime assets to create and support family-sustaining jobs throughout South Jersey.
“South Jersey Port plays an integral role in connecting our region to the global economy,” said Norcross. “It has brought with it countless jobs in manufacturing, construction, and agriculture, and is now the epicenter of America’s $100 billion offshore wind energy industry. As we work to build back better, it is a top priority to steer federal funding and advance policies that support job creation and infrastructure improvements throughout South Jersey, including our ports.”
Camden Mayor Vic Carstarphen, who grew up in the
South Jersey Port Corporation provides tours to elected officials to highlight the impact of the facilities on New Jersey’s economy
State Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez and her legislative counterparts in the 5th Legislative District Assemblyman Bill Spearman and Bill Moen joined Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes for a tour of the Balzano Marine Terminal on July 16.
The legislative team whose district includes Camden City, home to Balzano Marine Terminal and Broadway Marine Terminal, continues to be strong champions of the SJP’s mission in the New Jersey State Legislature and advocates for the needs of their constituents from quality of life to job creation and economic stability.
“The port is a pillar of Camden’s economy and with that comes the responsibility to the people of the city,” said Senator Cruz-Perez. “And it’s important that the port continues to be a good corporate citizen that runs its business respectful of the people are the backbone of our city.”
“Yes, jobs matter,” added Assemblyman Moen. “But just as important is improving the quality of life of our neighborhoods and
Shipping Partner Spotlight: Clipper America
“South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) has been a great business partner for us for many, many years,” said Peter Svensson, senior vice president and head of Clipper America said, reflecting on the millions of tons of steel that his ships have moved over three decades through the SJPC’s Balzano Marine Terminal in Camden and the record tonnage projected through 2023.
“Although South Jersey Ports is a state organization, they manage and run it as a private company,” Svensson explained. “They are great partners. The key for us is having adequate docking and adequate warehousing space so we can move our cargo as efficiently as possible. And most importantly, so our ships aren’t unnecessarily burning money moored at the dock waiting to move cargo. Time is money. And SJPC has consistently delivered for us.”
Customer service and satisfaction is the operating imperative of the team at SJPC which is led by their Executive Director and CEO, Andy Saporito. “It’s personal
Construction commences at South Jersey Port’s Paulsboro Marine Terminal, solidifying South Jersey’s share of America’s offshore wind energy industry
To grow a job-rich offshore wind industry while mitigating the damages of climate change, construction at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal is moving feverishly and on time to build a $250 million factory to manufacture the massive monopiles which are the bedrock of the wind-energy industry along the Atlantic coast.
South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC)and the State of New Jersey are investing over $500 million throughout southern New Jersey to build the maritime facilities and expertise which will serve as the manufacturing and support center of the emerging $100 billion off-shore wind-energy industry... and it’s paying off.
EEW Group, the world’s premier manufacturer of monopiles, is replicating its German monopile factory at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal. The $250 million project is on schedule with the first building to be completed in early 2022, one year after ground-breaking.
The facility will produce monopiles up to 400 feet high and 40 feet in diameter. Barged out to s
Partnership Highlight: Holt Logistics
The South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) and Holt Logistics Corporation have created a beneficial partnership that drives their mutual success and is a cornerstone to New Jersey’s efforts to be the epicenter of the $100 billion offshore wind energy industry.
“We succeed when our tenants, customers, and partners succeed,” explained Andy Saporito, the SJPC’s Executive Director and CEO. “We share the mission of fueling a robust economy for South Jersey and growing and supporting jobs throughout the region.”
Leo Holt, president of Holt Logistics Corporation agrees: “We’re job-providers… providers of family-sustaining jobs across our ecosystem of many different platforms that go beyond dockworkers, teamsters, and machinists.”
The partnership is a vital part of the supply chain supporting manufacturing, construction, and industrial jobs - as well as that of their suppliers and vendors, throughout New Jersey and the region stretching to the Mississippi River
SOUTH JERSEY PORTS WINS $9 MILLION USDOT GRANT FOR PORT OF SALEM
South Jersey Ports will receive a $9 Million grant from the US Department of Transportation for expansion of its barge capacity and intermodal rail connectivity at the Port of Salem. This Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant supports the port's existing sand and concrete shipments while strengthening New Jersey’s leadership in building, supporting and manufacturing key components for the offshore wind industry off the Atlantic Coast.
The project will rehabilitate a 150-linear-foot bulkhead and extend it to approximately 400 linear feet; perform site preparation, improvements, and refurbish a multi-modal rail connection.
“This is another example of the broad support for the ongoing development of South Jersey’s marine terminals to be the premiere logistical, manufacturing and support center for a job-rich, carbon-free, Green Economy growing along our coast… as well as our general cargo mission,” said Andrew Saporito, Execu
SJPC Receives Mid Atlantic Marine Highway Designation
In January, SJPC was officially notified that our Camden facilities have been added to the Mid-Atlantic Marine Highway by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). The marine highway links the ports of Norfolk, Baltimore, and Philadelphia via a container barge service operated by Columbia Coastal Transport. Over the past year, SJPC has identified import and export business opportunities for the barge service and works with customers and other partners to identify container lines to utilize the service.
"This designation will allow us to expand our service possibilities for both current and new customers," said Brendan Dugan, Assistant Executive Director/Director of Business Development for South Jersey Port Corporation.
Discussions with MARAD representatives detailed upcoming funding opportunities for Camden and Salem terminals. SJPC, in conjunction with TRIAD Associates, Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Port of Salem. The grants team is currently pre
South Jersey Port Corporation Awarded $6.6 Million to Expand Electric Vehicle Fleet
Governor Phil Murphy's administration is awarding $6.6 million to the South Jersey Port Corporation to support its ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, operate more efficiently, and be a better neighbor.
It's all part of the Governor's $100 million initiative to reverse climate change by turning to clean energy alternatives and to make New Jersey fully powered by clean energy by 2050.
The Governor is funding his initiative by leveraging proceeds from the reentry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and money from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund.
With this $6.6 million investment, SJPC will replace 27 pieces of older gasoline and diesel forklifts and cargo handling equipment with new electric-powered units and associated charging stations. SJPC aims to systematically convert all of its energy-consuming assets to zero-carbon within the next decade as suitable replacement equipment becomes commercially available.
"Our prime mission is the creati
Manufacturing Facility to Meet the Needs of Offshore Wind on East Coast Lands in South Jersey
The Americanization of the $100 billion offshore wind energy industry is now roaring to life at the South Jersey Port Corporation's (SJPC) Paulsboro Marine Terminal (PMT), where EEW American Offshore Structures is constructing a state-of-the-art factory to manufacture massive monopile foundations that support huge offshore wind turbines. EEW is the first company to set up a tier-one factory in the United States, with many more offshore wind companies to follow.
For the SJPC, it means jobs and an increase of 250,000 tons of steel cargo flowing annually through PMT. For New Jersey, it means a break away from the pack of states competing for the bounty of jobs and economic development in the green energy economy, with strong support from President Biden and Governor Murphy.
It's a game-changer in an industry pioneered and developed by Europeans who took the early risks to build and refine a highly reliable and maturing industry whose technologies are now being exported to PMT, givin
Import Surge at Camden Marine Terminals
SJPC's Camden terminals had their busiest day in recent memory, loading out 235 trucks on March 8. Thank you to our employees and customers in collaborating to make this happen during this unprecedented import surge!
SOUTH JERSEY PORT WINS $6.6 MILLON TO EXPAND ELECTRIC CARGO FLEET
Governor Phil Murphy’s administration is awarding $6.6 million to the South Jersey Port Corporation to support its on-going efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, operate more efficiently and be a better neighbor.
It’s all part of the Governor’s $100 million initiative to reverse the scourge of climate change by turning to clean energy alternatives and by 2050 to make New Jersey fully powered by clean energy.
The Governor is funding his initiative by leveraging proceeds from the state’s re-entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and money from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund.
With this $6.6 million investment, the SJPC will replace 23 pieces of older gasoline and diesel forklifts and cargo handling equipment with new electric-powered units and associated charging stations. SJPC aims to systematically convert all of its energy-consuming assets to zero-carbon within the next decade as suitable replacement equipment becomes commercially available.
New Jersey Puts Down its Marker to be the Epicenter of the Job-rich Offshore Wind Industry
Officials from the State of New Jersey and South Jersey Port Corporation recently announced the nation's largest investment to date in industrial offshore wind energy. The state committed to a $250 million investment in EEW manufacturing facilities for Ørsted at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal to develop and support wind-energy turbine farms off the Atlantic coast.
The investment will turn the once defunct petrochemical tank farm at Paulsboro Marine Terminal, a major deep-water port along the Delaware River, into a manufacturing hub for offshore-wind energy while continuing to be a general marine terminal for a host of cargos.
The development of the New Jersey Wind Port in Lower Alloways Township, together with the construction of the new manufacturing facility at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, is a monumental step forward in solidifying New Jersey as the country’s leader in offshore wind and clean energy procurement.
“Developing New Jersey’s offshore wind capabi
SJPC Welcomes New Board Member Bill Higgins
The South Jersey Port Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest board member William R. Higgins of Monroeville, NJ. The highly decorated retired New Jersey State Police captain served on SJPC’s senior management staff from 2007 to 2012 and returns now as a board member.
“We’re delighted to have Billy on the board,” said board chair Richard A. Alaimo. “He is the first former employee of the SJPC to serve on the board and he brings with him vast institutional knowledge and experience of the daily operations of our terminals. That perspective is valuable as we work to achieve our service goals while facing the unique challenges of these times.”
Governor Phil Murphy appointed Higgins to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Fran Smith. Board members serve 5-year terms and are responsible for adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance for operations of the port, ensuring a sustainable future.
Higgins served in various leadership roles
It’s a “Can-Do” Partnership Focused on Customer Satisfaction
“For more than four decades the dockside workers from Delaware River Stevedores (DRS) have teamed with the South Jersey Port Corporation’s (SJPC) crews to deliver the reliable, drama-free, high-quality, efficient services that our mutual customers depend upon,” Andy Saporito, said the CEO of SJPC.
“We’ve had a very long and successful business at the South Jersey Port terminals because of our mutual goals and collaboration,” explained Robert W. Palaima, DRS’s president. “Our mutual success is built on the tonnage we move through the SJPC terminals, and the more cargo we handle, the more jobs with good salaries and benefits we create.”
It’s a successful partnership from the dock to the warehouse to the office. It’s built on mutual respect, shared experience, and almost indistinguishable except for logos on the hardhat. Everyone knows their task – as well as that of their partners – and they are always flexible to deal with the inevitable variables: weather
Winter Steel is Coming…and Coming Strong
The SJPC anticipates winter steel volumes, savaged by the COVID-19 global recession and punishing tariffs, will increase significantly this winter as manufacturers replenish inventories to gear up production as COVID-19 vaccines come online.
Manufacturers and steel importers depend on the South Jersey Port as a trusted link in their supply chain.
With harsh winters closing the Saint Lawrence Seaway by creating unsafe, unreliable shipping to Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee, steel shippers have opted for SJPC’s safer, more reliable Balzano Marine Terminal for their winter shipments to the industrial Mid-West.
Teaming with Delaware River Stevedores(DRS), SJPC has had an excellent multi-year experience in handling steel year-round but critically during the winter months. The entire team is very customer-focused. We work with the customers. We listen and we respond.
We are very sensitive to the careful and timely handling of our steel coils off the ship, onto trucks, onto
South Jersey Port Taking Steps to Save Energy
The South Jersey Port is taking steps to reduce energy and to increase sustainability in our operations. We are working on many fronts – from investments in energy-efficient equipment to the development of offshore wind.
One such initiative is our Green Energy Lighting Project. The project will provide our employees with better lighting, reduce our energy costs, and dramatically reduce our carbon footprint – a trifecta.
We’ve invested $500,000 in clean, carbon-neutral LED lighting throughout our terminals. The new lighting will reduce our electric bill by $77,000 per year, paying off our investment in less than seven years. Given the 15-year longevity of LED bulbs and increasing energy costs, the port will realize dramatic savings for years to come. We are also storing the old bulbs to be used as replacements in other buildings to further save money and eliminate waste.
When crews complete the project, we will realize a 600,000-kilowatt-hours reduction in electricity con
Cocoa Bean Season is Underway at South Jersey Port
The cocoa bean season has begun. Read coverage in the Courier Post. https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2020/12/18/cocoa-beans-south-jersey-port-camden-international-commodities-wheeler/3932341001/
South Jersey Port Terminals Open
South Jersey Port terminals are open and cargo handling activities have resumed thanks to our team members who worked around the clock to remove the snow.
SJ Port Snow Operations Underway
South Jersey Port team members are working around the clock to keep our Camden terminals open during the snowstorm, so that cargo handling activities can safely resume tomorrow December 17th. Click here to see our team in action.IMG_5183
Winter Storm Preparations
SJPC is monitoring the potential for a winter storm arriving Wednesday Dec 16 into Thursday Dec 17. Realizing that this may be lighter or heavier than expected, we are nevertheless making preparations with snow removal and salting equipment at the ready. As of now, we are planning to keep our Camden terminals operating, but will make allowances if any cargo handling activities need to be modified for safety reasons.
SOUTH JERSEY PORT OPENS COCOA BEAN SEASON TO FEED AMERICA’S CHOCOLATE CRAVING
Camden, N.J. – Americans need their chocolate fix - even more in a pandemic – and it’s the South Jersey Port’s mission to help satisfy it.
On December 16, the annual flow of high-quality cocoa beans from West Africa will begin a month early when 215,000 sacks of cocoa beans are off-loaded at the Joseph A. Balzano Marine Terminal in Camden from the ship “Four Diamonds.”
“Working with our partners, Camden International Commodities Terminals and Delaware River Stevedores, we’ve become the premier cocoa bean import terminal on the East Coast,” Andy Saporito, CEO and Executive Director of SJPC.
The cocoa bean business means more jobs. In addition to the scores of full-time terminal workers, hundreds of local day-laborers are hired throughout the season to sort, store, and handle millions of sacks of cocoa beans for final processing by major confectionary companies including chocolate giants: Hershey, Mars, and Blommer.
Last year, two million burlap bags (
Thom Johnson to retire after 33 years
The executive leadership team and the Board of the South Jersey Port Corporation recognized Thom Johnson for his 33 years of service to the Port and the community it serves at their board meeting today. Thom joined the South Jersey Port team as a clerk on in 1987 and worked his way up through a variety of critical and challenging terminal assignments - to become a key member of the management team taking leadership roles in marketing, operations, safety and foreign trade.
A life-long resident of Camden with an engaging personality and infectious smile, Thom understood the importance of hard work, training and education in his career objectives. So, after a full day at the Port - the graduate of Father Michael Doyle's Sacred Heart in Camden went to Rutgers University-Camden at night to earn his Bachelor’s degree and eventually a Masters’ degree in Public Administration.
Thom will retire at the end of this year and begin the next phase of his life by using the
2020 Holiday Toy Drive
Attention South Jersey Port Trucking Partners! Deliver holiday cheer this season and drop off a gift for our 2020 Holiday Toy Drive on your next stop at South Jersey Port. Donate NEW UNWRAPPED toys or books and bring a smile to a child this Holiday Season. Collection bins are located at the Balzano Marine Terminal by the check-in hallway and at the Broadway Marine Terminal next to the check-in window. Bins are open through Wednesday, December 16th. Happy Holidays.
Happy Veterans Day from the South Jersey Port Corporation
American democracy prevails under the wings of the veterans who we celebrate today. They are individuals of all races, religions, and cultures with family roots stretching around the globe and across time with an undying devotion to our nation.
They've fought our wars and maintained our peace for 250 years. They are our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, uncles, aunts, cousins, and co-workers. They are our American family.
We at the South Jersey Port Corporation honor them all, especially our military veteran co-workers.
WE SALUTE YOU ALL!
John Lawrie Tubulars expands with a new lease at South Jersey Port property in Camden
John Lawrie Tubulars, specialists in the supply of steel tubulars for piling to the construction industry, has been expanding its services across America. Recent investment in a new yard and the expansion of existing sites as well as new equipment has meant the company is better placed to service the construction market now more than ever.
In May, the company expanded its footprint in Camden with an 8.5-acre lease with SJPC to complement its existing five sites across Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. The expansion includes both warehouse and office space.
Situated close to the excellent intermodal transportation links at South Jersey Port’s Balzano Marine Terminal, the new acreage provides John Lawrie with the additional capacity to store thousands of tons of pipe that is ready to ship to clients in the Northeast and across the country. Plans are also underway for capital investment converting the warehouse space to a state-of-the-art, full-service fabri
Grant award to help revitalize and expand rail facilities at Joseph A. Balzano Terminal
SJPC announced the approval of a $6 million Rail Freight Assistance Grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) earlier this year\ to go towards improvements to facilitate and expand rail cargo transportation at the Joseph A. Balzano Marine Terminal in Camden by increasing the efficiency of load times and nearly tripling the capacity of moving rail cargo.
The improvements provide an opportunity to expand the local economy as crucial products like steel, cocoa beans, wood, and project cargo will get to businesses and consumers in the region more easily while also providing job opportunities for residents.
"This grant is a big win for South Jersey residents and is aligned with our mission of expanding the economy in South Jersey and providing job opportunities by increasing cargo and maritime activity,” said Executive Director & CEO of SJPC, Andrew Saporito. “We are grateful to NJDOT for recognizing the potential and providing the funding
Customer Spotlight: Camden International Commodities Terminals Cocoa imports soar at South Jersey Port amid the pandemic recession
The economy is changing and consumers are shopping differently. But while the pandemic is plunging the global economy into a recession, the South Jersey Port Corporation’s cocoa bean imports soared 15 to 20 percent as house-bound, virus-weary Americans comfort themselves with rich, delicious, soothing chocolate.
“Chocolate is recession-proof and the future forecast for chocolate and cocoa imports look even more promising,” said Jeff Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer of Camden International Commodities Terminals (CICT), which imports its cocoa beans through the SJPC terminals, the bedrock of the Port of Philadelphia’s cocoa bean business.
U.S. imports of cocoa beans increased 6.7% through the first six months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.
SJPC’s soaring cocoa bean imports contrib
South Jersey Port Corporation is expanding to meet business needs and helping to grow New Jersey’s economy
Andy Saporito took the helm of the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) last year and brought with him nearly 40 years of experience. He jumped right into ensuring the Port can serve business needs with top-notch facilities and creating a team that can execute the Port’s mission to attract cargo and maritime-related activity to foster economic development and create jobs. In his short time at SJPC, he’s surveyed the port’s facilities, equipment, and business model to ensure quality customer service for current tenants and customers. He’s also developed a clear vision to retain customers and develop a growth strategy that leverages relationships with stakeholders, the port’s team, and current and recently expanded facilities.
Expanding and improved capacity and facilities
The Paulsboro Marine Terminal (PMT) is key to South Jersey’s economy and growth at the port. PMT is the first new marine port on the Delaware River in the last 50 years. Since its openi
South Jersey Port Corporation Honors Its Workers This Labor Day
In honor of our workers - the key to our success - the South Jersey Port Corporation’s four marine terminals will be closed Monday, September 7th - Labor Day. It’s a national holiday born in our home port city of Camden, New Jersey in 1892 to celebrate the countless hard-working men and women who are the engine of our dynamic economy who are honored with a paid holiday, parades, picnics and a long weekend to mark the unofficial end of well-earned summer vacations.
Seaports Need Federal Aid to Support Economic Recovery
Executive Director Andy Saporito in the news highlighting the need for federal aid to allow seaports to maintain a "state of readiness," keep the supply chain moving, and support the recovery from the Covid-19 recession.
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Update re: Phone System Outage – Service Restored
***UPDATE 6/9/2020 All phone system service is restored, thank you for your patience***
The phone system outage is related to damaged fiber lines from the June 3rd storm. Utility crews must finish clearing downed power lines before fiber restoration crews are permitted to access the site. Please contact us via email or mobile phone in the interim. Click here for the staff directory. Thank you for your continued patience.
Announcement- Phone System Outage – June 4, 2020
Please be aware that we are experiencing problems with our phone system due to yesterday's storms. We are working diligently along with the phone company to resolve the issue. Please use emails or mobile phones in the interim. Click here for the staff directory. Thank you for your patience.
South Jersey Port Corporation Commemorates National Maritime Day
South Jersey Port Corporation joins ports around the hemisphere to commemorate National Maritime Day with a ship ‘Sound Off’ May 18-22 to recognize the role of seaports and maritime workers in COVID-19 response and recovery, supply chain continuity & long-term economic stability.