Port of Wilmington to upgrade berths - The Packer

Port of Wilmington to upgrade berths

09/05/2013 08:46:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

The Port of Wilmington is making some improvements to two of its aging berths.

Port of Wilmington The Diamond State Port Corp., which manages the Wilmington, Del., port, has received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to renovate berths 5 and 6, according to a story in the News Journal of Wilmington.

Pacific Seaways uses the berths to unload Southern Hemisphere fruit as well as other cargoes, according to the Sept. 4 story.

Though the berths can withstand their workload, the docks, which were built in 1923, are showing some wear, according to the report.

The upgrades are pegged to cost $13.4 million.

Capital funds from a state bond bill are expected to support $3.4 million of the project’s price tag, Gene Bailey, the port’s executive director, said in the story.

The berth restoration project is expected to take two years, according to the article.

The port’s other major importers, Chiquita Brands International Inc., Charlotte, N.C., and Dole Food Co. Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., use other berths.

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