Governor Wolf, Senator Casey: Philadelphia Crane Arrival Highlights Success of Port Growth
March 27, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey celebrate the recent arrival of the first two super post-Panamax cranes at The Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort), marking another major milestone spurred by the governor’s port development plan.
“Pennsylvania’s ports are vital to the economic success of the entire commonwealth and I will continue to invest in our assets that strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy and support new job growth,” said Governor Wolf. “The new cranes positioned along Philadelphia’s waterfront will serve as a visual reminder that business is booming in Pennsylvania.”
“Having worked years to help secure funding for the Delaware deepening project, I’m pleased to see what can come of effective federal, state, and private collaboration efforts,” said Senator Casey. “These cranes will do a great deal to help ensure that PhilaPort remains a global competitor and I look forward to watching their role in strengthening the economy of southeastern Pennsylvania.”
Once fully operational, the 32-story high cranes will stand 13 feet taller than the neighboring Walt Whitman Bridge with its boom in the upwards position.
“For over a year we have been working hard to prepare the terminal for these cranes and it is great to see them here,” said Jeff Theobald, Executive Director and CEO of PhilaPort. “Last year we hit an East Coast record of 19 percent container growth. To sustain that type of growth, these new cranes are a necessity.”
The arrival of the cranes marks another significant milestone since the governor announced his plan to invest more than $300 million in PhilaPort’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment in 2016. Since implementing the infrastructure improvement plan the port realized record breaking cargo volumes and nearly 20 percent container growth in 2017, and just last month welcomed the arrival of the largest container vessel to ever call at the Port.
“Saturday was one of most momentous days I can recall when it comes to advancing the Port of Philadelphia. All governors, since I have been in office, have assisted the Port in creating jobs. However, Governor Wolf’s commitment to the dredging project and to turning Packer Avenue into a modern marine terminal is without equal,” said Representative William F. Keller. “The governor understands the job retention and job creation associated with the Port will have no rivals throughout the commonwealth. I want to thank Governor Wolf on behalf of the residents of the commonwealth for the thousands of jobs he has maintained and to thank him for the thousands of jobs he is creating.”
Development is slated to continue through 2020 and is projected to support thousands of jobs and generate an increase of more than $100 million in state and local tax revenues annually.