The Port of Wilmington continues to set records, this time achieving the highest general cargo tonnage in a number of different areas.
According to the Diamond State Port Corporation, which owns and operates the Port of Wilmington, officials there have seen a 26 percent growth in cargo. A report released by DSPC indicates that increased import and export tonnage was experienced in all major cargo areas during the past year. The dry bulk category seen the largest growth at the port, bringing in well over a million tons of product.
“It is the teamwork of the men and women 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,” said 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 Delaware and the tri-state region.”
As of the end of 2011, the port handled more than five-million tons of cargo since the state took control of the facility in 1995.