PHOTO: Officials Highlight Importance of Delaware River Dredging

Senator Robert Casey, Representative Bob Brady, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other officials toured Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia last week and discussed how a deeper channel will keep Philadelphia competitive with other major ports.

The Delaware River development scheme involves dredging as needed within the existing 40-foot Delaware River federal navigation channel to deepen it to 45 feet from Philadelphia Harbor, Pa. and Beckett Street Terminal, Camden, N.J. along a 102.5-mile distance to deepwater in the Delaware Bay.

The deeper channel will provide for more efficient transportation of containerized, dry bulk (steel and liquid bulk (crude oil and petroleum products) cargo to and from the Delaware River ports, with estimated net annualized benefits of more than $13 million to the U.S. economy.

The Delaware River dredging works should be completed by late 2017.

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