WORLD’S LARGEST “RO/RO” VESSEL TO ARRIVE AT PACKER AVENUE MARINE TERMINAL ON APRIL 28 TO DISCHARGE HYUNDAIS AND KIAS
Nearly 100,000 new cars have been unloaded at PAMT since August
Philadelphia — The world’s largest roll on/roll off (ro/ro) vessel, the Tønsberg, discharged Hyundai and Kia vehicles on Thursday April 28 during a port call at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT), highlighting an increasingly busy period that has seen nearly 100,000 vehicles unloaded since Hyundai Motor Co. and its logistics affiliate, Glovis of America, began local operations in August.
David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals, which operates PAMT, said a steady stream of Hyundai and Kia vehicles has been offloaded since August – and he expects the pace to continue or even increase.
“The activity level at PAMT has increased tremendously in recent months,” Whene said. “The arrival of the cars has, of course, led to the growth -- as one example in March PAMT handled six automobile vessels in a seven-day period -- but overall business is up, thanks to CMA CGM ‘s Black Pearl Service and the Maersk Spondylus Service, both of which began calling PAMT in 2011. On a recent Friday, PAMT had one automobile vessel and four container ships, representing over 2,900 ILA (International Longshoreman Association) man-hours in less than a 24-hour period.”
Statistics released earlier this year showed a 10 percent increase in container volumes over the last 12 months, as well as the creation of more than 200 additional jobs at Packer. Both of those numbers are likely to increase in the months ahead.
“Our goal is always to improve our facilities and capabilities so we can successfully compete in an increasingly challenging arena,” said Thomas J. Holt Jr., President of Astro Holdings, Inc., which leases PAMT under a long-term concession with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. “The fact that we’ve been able to attract new business signals that our efforts are working, and we expect to continue to attract new business to the Port in the months ahead.”
The Tønsberg is 265 meters long and has a cargo volume of 138,000 cubic meters. It has a capacity of 8,500 car-equivalent units (CEU). There are six fixed and three hoistable decks. Norwegian shipping firm Wilh. Wilhelmsen said the ship has more flexibility to carry high and heavy cargo, and also was built to be environmentally friendly, using nearly 20 percent less fuel than older ro/ro ships.
The vehicles that arrive at PAMT are processed at a 100-acre auto finishing facility at Pier 98 Annex at Columbus Boulevard and Oregon Avenue by the Walt Whitman Bridge. Once completed, those cars leave the facility by truck and possibly in the future by rail.
About Holt Logistics Corp.
Holt Logistics Corp. is a technology, marketing and corporate service organization. Holt Logistics Corp. provides transportation and logistics management companies solutions in dynamic segments of the transportation industry such as truck and rail transportation, marine terminal services, warehousing and logistics management. The philosophy of Holt Logistics Corp. and its client companies is to provide the safest, highest quality, and competitively priced cargo movement solutions for targeted market niches.
About PRPA and the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which owns the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal among others on the Delaware River. Packer Avenue is the largest of its facilities at more than 100 acres, which comprises six modern berths totaling over 3,000’ and seven ship-to-shore gantry cranes up to Post-Panamax dimensions. PRPA is the lead agency for the Delaware River Channel Deepening Project.