Philadelphia port eyes Delaware River expansion


Southport, a waterfront site along the Delaware River, has received 16 proposals from potential investors in one or more of its sections, which the Philadelphia Port Authority hopes can be used to develop facilities to handle cargo.

Public-private partnerships were requested by the port authority from around 200 investors who will potentially invest in some or all of the property along the Delaware River, according to the Journal of Commerce.

Connections provided by the property areas include links to rail yards, which are serviced by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway; as well as links to Interstate highways 95 and 76.

Southport will be split into three different sections: one for a 30ha Southport West Terminal, another for a north berth along Pier 124 and a 48ha Southport marine terminal.

The separation comes after the port authority’s original plan to turn the site into a container terminal.

Charles G. Koop, the Philadelphia Port Authority’s chairman concluded: “Unlike most other US ports, which face major limitations when seeking additional land to grow, the Port of Philadelphia has hundreds of acres of prime space along the Delaware River to expand our operations.”

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