In its second year operating Delaware’s Port of Wilmington, GT USA Wilmington remains focused on maximizing capability of existing port facilities and advancing ambitious plans for development of an all-new, $500 million-plus upriver terminal.
“This was a very good first year for us in terms of hitting the ground running, transitioning all legacy customers over to Gulftainer,” Eric Casey, chief executive officer of GT USA Wilmington, told AJOT. “None left the port during the transition. They all stayed. And we received some new customers as well.”
Among the 34 continuing legacy customers are fruit importers Chiquita and Dole, stevedoring firm Port Contractors Inc./PCI Wilmington LLC, warehouser Intercontinental Services of Delaware LLC and vehicle processor AutoPort Inc.
The diverse port maintains its “Top Banana” role as North America’s No. 1 banana import port, while dynamic roll-on/roll-off operations handle Chrysler, General Motors and Ford exports, shipments of used vehicles to West Africa and imports of Fiat and Jeep Chrysler vehicles.
“It was a good Year One, with all commodities showing growth,” Casey said, declining to provide detailed figures. “It was through the hard work, the dedication and expertise of the team that transitioned to Gulftainer USA Wilmington that were here – legacy people – and also some new people we brought onboard who really just immediately picked up and ran with it.”
Casey cited in particular Mike Hall, GT USA Wilmington’s chief operating officer; Greg Iannarelli, chief counsel; Dave Harriss, chief commercial officer; and Kathryn Bradley, group commercial director.
GT USA Wilmington, an arm of United Arab Emirates-based Gulftainer, entered into a 50-year concession agreement to assume Delaware port operations in October 2018. That includes the existing facilities – at the confluence of the Christina and Delaware rivers – where improvements are being completed this year, as well as development of a new terminal on a 112-acre waterfront site that formerly housed the Chemours/DuPont titanium dioxide manufacturing plant at Edgemoor.