( Courtesy PhilaPort )

Two super Post-Panamax container cranes from China are expected to arrive in March at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

The arrival will mark another important milestone in the comprehensive modernization project underway at Packer Avenue, according to a news release. 

The arrival highlights a key competitive advantage for shippers looking to improve time to market on the East Coast of the U.S., according to the release.

PhilaPort has seen a 166% container growth in the past decade, and in 2018 handled a record 600,000 20-foot-equivalent units.

“Our terminal is currently under capacity, meaning we could handle rerouted surplus bound for nearby congested terminals immediately without blinking an eye,” David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals, operator of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, said in the release. 

“With ship productivity as high as 140 gross moves per hour, turn-times of under 40 minutes, and an abundance of available chassis, Packer Avenue offers carriers unparalleled efficiency in reaching the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.”

With a $300 million public-private investment in the terminal, the release said Packer Avenue is a model of 21st century port operations. 

According to the release, the upcoming completion of the Delaware River Deepening Project will provide a full 45-foot shipping channel through Philadelphia, allowing vessels as large as 14,500 TEUs to traverse into the port. 

That deepening project is timed perfectly with the arrival of the new super Post-Panamax cranes, according to the release, bringing the total operational cranes on the terminal to six (a seventh will arrive in August).

The gain in capacity will lead to improvements on the 40-minute turn times for containers coming in and out, according to the release.

“We have always known that PhilaPort’s market potential was significantly greater than reflected in past volumes,” PhilaPort CEO Jeff Theobald said in the release. 

“Now with our capital improvements nearing their completion, shippers should know that we have excess capacity and that we are open for new business.”