U.S. Senator Tom Carper joined with officials from Gultainer to give a tour of the Port of Wilmington to the new heads of two important groups within the Army Corps of Engineers.
North Atlantic Division Commander Major General Jeffrey Milhorn and Lt. Colonel David Park, Philadelphia District Commander visited the port on Monday, October 7, 2019.
The tour included a fumigation warehouse, work on the port berths including an extended rail for future cranes, and a visit to the proposed port expansion site in Edgemoor.
Carper says the Edgemoor project will fuel job growth.
"To take full advantage of this opportunity, it's important that the Corps work diligently with the Port of Wilmington in the dredging and maintenance of this access channel, and that this important work stays on schedule."
The Corps has been dredging the Delaware River from 40 to 45 feet in depth. Milhorn says it's to keep up with the ever increasing size of ships.
"Going from 14,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to up to 22,000. I'm sure somebody is exploring even beyond that size."
And Milhorn says he understands the importance of the Edgemoor expansion.
"Certainly we see the significance of the development here and supporting that as well going forward."
Gultainer took over port operations last year after winning a 50-year lease and pledging to invest $600-million in the facilities.
In 2018 President Donald Trump signed into law America's Water Infrastructure Act that Carper's office says made much needed legislative changes to support clean drinking water systems, waterways, beaches and port projects.