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New York to reactivate shipping hub

The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is to be reactivated as a shipping hub under a multi-million-dollar investment program.

The Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SSBMT) will be operated by Red Hook Container Terminal and Industry City; the aim is to create a vibrant cluster of maritime activity that will bring new industrial uses to the South Brooklyn waterfront and connect local talent to quality jobs of the future.

An area of 64.5 acres will be reactivated under a long-term lease running to 2054. Council Member Carlos Menchaca said: “This long-term lease for SBMT means tens of millions of dollars will be invested in Sunset Park and hundreds of high quality jobs will be created.”

The aim is to use the facility to move over 900,000 metric tonnes of material annually through the port and eliminate over 11,000 truck trips a year. Specific new uses for the facility include waste paper recycling and export and the importation of lumber, salt, and aggregate material. Red Hook Container Terminal will serve as the terminal operator and stevedore for SSBMT.

“New York City’s working waterfront has long been a source of economic vitality, fueling industries and good-paying careers for over a century. Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will build on that legacy to advance the future of the New York Harbor,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation president and CEO James Patchett. “Thanks to the vision of our local leaders and the Sunset Park Task Force, this Administration is proud to deliver a transformative maritime facility that will create new opportunities for industries, local businesses, and New Yorkers.”

The City Council approved a long-term master lease between the city and NYCEDC in 2015 to activate an industrial maritime facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. In addition to delivering new maritime industrial uses, upgraded rail connections at the site make SBMT the only marine terminal in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island capable of handling ocean-going vessels, barges and rail on the east side of New York Harbor.

 

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This article was published on 9 May 2018 (last updated on 9 May 2018).

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