Hyundai/Kia Ro-Ro Cargo Begins Transiting Port of PhiladelphiaCreated by HButler on 8/3/2010 6:18:34 PM
Monday, August 2, saw the arrival of the Hyundai
230 203 at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT) in South Philadelphia, the first of seven such vessels scheduled to call the port in the month of August as part of a new routing for Hyundai Motor Co. and its logistics affiliate, Glovis of America. The ship carried 1,811 vehicles from two ports in South Korea. The vehicles are being unloaded and moved to the adjacent auto finishing facility at Pier 98 Annex at Columbus Boulevard and Oregon Avenue. Once processed there, they will travel by truck and possibly rail to Hyundai and Kia dealerships throughout the United States.
In April 2010, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) and Holt Logistics Corporation had reached an agreement with Hyundai and Glovis to import and process 150,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles annually through Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Holt Logistics Corp. has a long-term lease with PRPA to operate the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.
Philly Ro-Ro Partners will operate PRPA’s 85-acre automobile processing facility at Pier 98 Annex. PRPA expects to make up to $1 million in capital improvements to the facility, and Philly Ro-Ro Partners will contribute $3.7 million in improvements. The port authority said many of these improvements have already been made to ready the facilities for the initial vessel calls.
“This much-anticipated relationship brings substantial new business to the Port of Philadelphia,” PRPA Chairman John H. Estey said, in response to news of the arrival of the first vessel. “We have many people to thank for their hard work and commitment, including Governor Rendell, Glovis, Philly Ro-Ro, Holt Logistics, the staff of the PRPA, and the dedicated men and women in our labor community.”
Glovis previously moved these automobiles through facilities in Newark, N.J., and Baltimore.