“The potential for the Port of Salem to take on millions of dollars in new business is tremendous. But when opportunity comes knocking you have to be ready to open the door,” said Sen. Menendez. “That’s why every penny we invest into upgrade the Salem Marine Terminal today is setting the stage for new business in the green energy space.”
“Investing in South Jersey’s port infrastructure is vital to supporting the region’s competitiveness and our state’s long-term economic growth,” said Sen. Booker. “That’s why I fought for this federal grant that will allow the Port of Salem to improve its operations, participate in the growing offshore wind industry, and build upon the success of previous projects that have modernized nearby ports. As President Biden prepares to sign a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law, I am especially excited at the prospect of seeing more projects such as this come to fruition to propel New Jersey’s economy forward and benefit our state’s workforce and residents.”
The South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC), which operates
the Port of Salem, will use the $9 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding
America (INFRA) grant to expand their vessel capacity and intermodal rail
connectivity. SJPC plans to use the funding to rehabilitate 150 linear feet of
bulkhead and extend it to 400 feet. They will also use the funding to dredge
new a berth area and perform site preparation, improvements and refurbish a
multi-modal rail connection.
Sen. Menendez was joined at the Salem Marine Terminal by SJPC Executive Director and CEO Andrew Saporito.
“We want to thank Senator Robert Menendez for his continued support for South Jersey Ports. He's been working in tandem with Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and regional leaders to make South Jersey a national leader of this dynamic, new green industry while also improving our overall capacity to service our current and future marine cargo customers,” said Saporito.
“In the coming years, American leadership around the world will increasingly hinge on our ability to create a green energy economy here at home. Fortunately, the offshore wind energy industry that’s taking off here in New Jersey is living proof that we are up to the task,” added Sen. Menendez. “We can lead on green energy. We can unleash innovation. And in the process we can create millions of new good-paying American jobs across every sector of our economy, including the shipping and trade that takes place here at the Port of Salem.”
December 03, 2021