Port of Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is heading to Chile this week to meet with the country's president and other leaders.

Chile will be the governor's first foreign trade trip since he visited Germany a little more than a year ago. He's scheduled to arrive in Santiago on Friday and will be in Chile through Wednesday Oct. 5.

Markell's office says he will meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. He's also planning to meet with fruit exporters and shippers and visit Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel exploring the feasibility of expanding port operations in Delaware are reviewing a legal opinion regarding a request by longshoremen to pay for an environmental assessment of a site for a proposed cargo facility just south of the existing Wilmington port.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state task force is continuing to explore the feasibility of expanding port operations in Delaware as it faces a January deadline for reporting its findings to state lawmakers.

The panel was to receive an update Wednesday on the current Wilmington port from state finance secretary Tom Cook, followed by presentations from consultants and a discussion of public-private partnerships.

The panel must consider a variety of issues regarding possible port expansions, including geographic, environmental, legal and economic.

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A recent oil spill, say environmentalists, could be a warning signing for the town of New Castle.

Work crews are cleaning up the last of a spill from Battery Park after a cargo ship dumped 100 gallons into the Delaware River.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the oil came from the barge Wild Cosmos on March 9th at the Port of Wilmington.

The paper reports that tar balls have been discovered as far north as Salem County, New Jersey.

Around 15-hundred feet of shore at New Castle has already been affected.

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Plans to expand the Port of Wilmington that could bring some 4-thousand jobs and it would stretch over 176-acres on the Delaware River in New Castle.

Today, the public will get a chance to take a look at the preliminary findings of a $100-thousand feasibility study.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has obtained a draft copy of the report on the $400 to $500 million project.

It is a project that has been pushed by the International Longshoremen’s Association as a viable option to keeping the port competitive over the next half century.


President Obama is scheduled to unveil an initiative for the Port of Wilmington against the backdrop of the I-495 Bridge whose support supports are being repaired.

The president is hoping to boost private investment for infrastructure.

But the White House initiative also comes just as the president is attempting to get congress to approve funding for the highway transportation trust fund. 

Meanwhile, the $35 million emergency repair of the bridge across the Christiana Bridge has closed span since June 2.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is being honored this week at a gathering to celebrate the Greater Philadelphia region's trade and cultural ties with the Republic of Chile.

Markell is scheduled to travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday to receive the 16th Annual "Friend of Chile" award from the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce.

The award comes roughly a year after Markell welcomed Chile's ambassador to the United States to the Port of Wilmington to await the arrival of the first Chilean fruit vessel for the 2012-2013 season.  

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Diamond State Port Corp. has won a $10 million grant that will help renovate two aging Port of Wilmington berths.

Port Executive Director Gene Bailey says the U.S. Department of Transportation grant allows for the renovation of two berths that date back to the opening of the port.

The berths are used for unloading fruit from Pacific Seaways and loading and unloading juice, livestock and other cargoes. Bailey says the berths have been renovated since 1923 and can withstand the current workload, but they are showing some wear.


Governor Jack Markell met with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala yesterday in Washington and signed an agreement for discussions on trade.

This includes agricultural exports from the South American Nation and the Delaware seaport for perishables.

The Port of Wilmington is the largest banana port in the Western Hemisphere and has been handling Peruvian grapes since 2008.

State officials say that the facility is well placed to share information and technical expertise with ports and agricultural exporters.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is defending his administration's failed effort to try to enter into a public-private partnership with energy giant Kinder Morgan for operating the Port of Wilmington.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan said last week that it was suspending efforts to work out a lease arrangement with state officials, citing attacks and impossible demands from the leader of a local longshoremen's union.