State chamber of commerce supports Wilmington port privatization

    The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce supports a plan to privatize the state-owned Port of Wilmington.

    Rich Heffron with the DSCC tells WDEL-AM that privatizing all or part of the port is necessary to complete a project to build a pier and cargo-handling facilities on the Delaware River.

    Heffron says the state can’t finance that project on its own and that a private partner is necessary to bring in new business.

    The port’s board announced last week that it was negotiating with Houston-based Kinder Morgan to take over port operations in a long-term lease.

    State Sen. Robert Marshall, a Wilmington Democrat, has said the state shouldn’t rush into privatization and that he’s concerned about potential job cuts.

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