The Delaware River has seen the opening of a first new marine terminal in 50 years with the inauguration of the Paulsboro facility in New Jersey.
The $175m Paulsboro Marine Terminal was developed by the South Jersey Port Corp and is being operated by Holt Logistics Corp.
Holt has committed more than $12m to the project in the form of cranes, rolling stock and other capital items.
The brownfield site, covering 190 acres, used to be a BP tank farm.
Located near Philadelphia International Airport, it has 21,000 feet of new rail track and an 850-foot wharf with two more berths planned.
With the terminal initially employing 40-50 people, potential for expansion could see that rise to 200, says the operator.
It received its first vessel when bulker Doric Warrior delivered 55,000 tons of steel slabs from Tuapse in Russia for its first tenant, international steel company NLMK USA.