Press Release -  3.6.2012


The Port of Wilmington, Delaware Sets
a New Cargo Tonnage Record


(Wilmington, Del) --- The Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC) announced that in 2011 the Port of Wilmington, Delaware handled 5,084,478 tons of cargo, a 26% uptick year over year, and achieved the highest general cargo tonnage throughput since the 1995 acquisition of the Port by the State of Delaware. The DSPC is a state entity which owns and operates the Port of Wilmington. Increased import and export tonnage was experienced in all major cargo categories during the past year.

Based on the Port’s 2011 performance Wilmington retains its leadership position in the following trade categories:
 

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North America's number one port for imported perishable cargo;

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The largest banana port in the USA and the second largest in the world;

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The nation’s leading port for juice concentrates, and

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The largest loading port for cattle exports on the US East Coast
 


The Port of Wilmington, Delaware handled 5.084 million tons
of cargo in 2011, a 26% uptick year over year and achieved the
highest general cargo tonnage since the acquisition of the Port
by the State of Delaware in 1995
 

“It is the teamwork of the men and women at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, and the support of our customers and business partners that enabled us to reach this important milestone in the Port’s history,” remarked Gene Bailey, executive director of the DSPC. “This very strong cargo growth means additional jobs for Delawareans, and underscores the value of the Port as an economic engine for the State of Delaware and the tri-state region.”

The largest growth in tonnage was recorded in the dry bulk segment which increased by 106% to 1.451 million tons. Breakbulk, RoRo and livestock cargoes totaled 487,770 tons, a 25.68% increase. At 1,750,451 tons containerized shipments of perishables, forest products and vehicles exceeded last year’s results by 5.50%. Overall container count, in twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), increased by 2.85% and totaled 189,940 TEUs. Bulk Liquid products also produced a strong performance at 1.395 million tons surpassing 2010’s volume by 9.57%.

About the Port of Wilmington, Delaware
Founded in 1923, the Port of Wilmington is a full service mid-Atlantic seaport on the Delaware River strategically located and serving over 200 million North American consumers by overnight truck and rail delivery. Wilmington ranks as the nation’s leading gateway for imported perishable cargo and operates the largest on-dock cold storage complex in North America. An economic engine for the State of Delaware and the region, it is responsible for 4,300 good paying local jobs, $337 million in annual business revenue, and more than $31 million in annual state and local taxes. The Port is owned and operated by the Diamond State Port Corporation, a corporation of the State of Delaware.

 

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