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 our carbon footprint and save the planet from the effects of climate change. 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 reductio
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.
Click here for the article.
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.
South Jersey Port Welcomes New Tenant
John Lawrie Inc – a top trader of metal piping is the newest tenant at our facilities in Camden. The multi-year lease means more local jobs as the port builds upon the 4 million tons of cargo that it handles annually. Our team is safely transporting the first shipment of steel pipes from the docks to their storage yard to keep the supply chain moving.
South Jersey Port Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day
In recognition of Earth Day, South Jersey Port Corp. is proud to highlight its investment in eco-friendly clean-engine powered cargo handling equipment: (more…)
South Jersey Port Outlines Updated Health and Safety Measures
The health and safety of our staff, tenants, customers, and visitors is paramount while we confront the threats associated with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As an essential part of the regional supply chain, South Jersey Port has maintained operations unabated to ensure the transportation of critical raw materials, including those that are used to manufacture metal for canned foods, disinfectant sprays, and other vital commodities.
We have implemented new check-in procedures for truck drivers and visitors ensuring that our business operations continue while limiting direct contact between our staff and outside personnel. We have converted all in-person meetings to teleconferences and enabled SJPC staff, who have the capability to work remotely to do so, thus sustaining Port business while ensuring proper social distancing.
To ensure the safety of our staff, customers, and visitors, while adhering to CDC guidelines, SJPC has provided all staff with hand sanitizer, disinfectan
South Jersey Port in Full Operation Through Pandemic
SOUTH JERSEY PORT IN FULL OPERATION THROUGH PANDEMIC WITH PRUDENCE AND VIGILANCE
“In the midst of this pandemic, our foremost focus is on the health and safety of our employees, customers and the truck drivers, stevedores, longshoremen and tenants who populate our terminals,” Andrew Saporito, CEO and Executive Director of the South Jersey Port Corporation said.
“And, just as importantly, is the health and safety of the residents of our host communities. We are following all recommended health and safety guidelines while ensuring business continuity. We are open and operational.”
South Jersey Port Corporation’s mission is to maintain the global supply chain - vital for the South Jersey and regional economy - while protecting our community from the spread of the virus.
SJPC is doing that with an enhanced sense of prudence and vigilance SJPC’s four marine terminals in Southern New Jersey continue - unabated – in their vital role to the economy of Southern
Terminal Tariff Changes Effective January 1, 2020
Effective January 1, 2020, a new Philadelphia Marine Terminal Tariff will be effective; Tariff No. 1600. The tariff increases terminal rates by 2% for the Balzano Marine Terminal and the Broadway Terminal.
The tariff is available here: PPMTA Tariff 1600 effective 01-01-2020