Stack: Tioga Marine Terminal Contract Good News for Economy
PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 25, 2010— The new contract between the Tioga Marine Terminal and Florida importer Sea Star Line LLC is good news for our local economy, state Sen. Mike Stack said today.
“Tioga Marine Terminal is a major global port, and this addition of imported goods could put hundreds of people to work,” Stack said. “At a time when are used to hearing about deficits and downsizing, this expansion at our port is tremendous news for the region.”
The new contract will directly involve 60 to 70 jobs for the International Longshoremen’s Association union employees, as well as workers in the trucking and warehousing industries. Additionally, this project will provide work for river pilots, steamship agents, freight forwarders, marine surveyors and the many other workers who are directly involved in trade at the Port Richmond terminal.
Sea Star Line LLC imports produce and pharmaceuticals from Puerto Rico into its port in Jacksonville, Fla. and some northern states. It is adding a stop in Philadelphia in order to expand business.
“Between our numerous highways, our airport and railways, we’re an ideal location for global trade,” said Stack. “I’m excited that Sea Star Line LLC recognized the potential in trading at Tioga Marine Terminal, and I welcome the company to our city.”
The first of the weekly shipments is expected to arrive in April.