The Port of Philadelphia saw cargo activity jump by 30 percent, year-over-year, from January to May, putting it on track for a fifth year of cargo growth, the port said Monday.
In the first five months of the year, containers increased nearly 30 percent; breakbulk cargoes nearly 16 percent; ro/ro cargoes nearly 7 percent; and liquid bulk cargoes more than 5 percent, the port reported.
The port handled 177,335 TEU during the same period, compared to 136,734 TEU in the same period in 2013.
“Between our aggressive terminal operators, our expert labor force, PRPA’s dedicated professional staff, the excitement created by the Delaware River Channel Deepening Project, and the excellent support we’ve received from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and his administration, the Port of Philadelphia has a formula in place for continued high performance, and I don’t think that is going to change,” Chairman Charles Kopp said in a statement. “And we still have some entirely new cargoes on the horizon, including wood pulp from Fibria Cellulose, which will begin arriving here this summer. I really think that the sky is the limit for us.”