The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and its 11-member board is responsible for improving and developing the Port of Philadelphia. The members represent business leaders appointed by the Governor, the state legislature, the Mayor, and the counties surrounding the Port of Philadelphia. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Defense ranked the Port of Philadelphia as a Strategic Military Port, one of only 14 such ports in the Nation, to handle U.S. international military cargoes.
The PRPA's basic mission is to secure new customers for the port, make port improvements, and keep the Port of Philadelphia as busy as possible. The Port of Philadelphia is a vital part of the city and regional economies, and the PRPA strives to preserve and continue the Port of Philadelphia's more than 300-year legacy for maritime commerce.
The Port of Philadelphia handled a total of 35.1 million tons of cargo in 2007 and more than 167 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo.
The Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port of Philadelphia's biggest facility, is a state-of-the-art cargo-handling facility for containers, steel, perishables, project, and heavy-lift cargoes. The Port of Philadelphia's Packer Avenue Marine Terminal includes six berths totaling over 1.1 kilometer in length with alongside depth of 12.2 meters. It contains one roll-on/roll-off ramp. It covers 45 hectares and contains four warehouses with almost 17.7 thousand square meters for dry cargoes and 61.6 thousand cubic meters of refrigerated cargo. It also offers 1160 reefer plugs. This Port of Philadelphia terminal is within 1.6 kilometers of Interstate Highways -95 and -76 and is served by rail connections with the CP Rail System, CSX, and Norfolk Southern.
The Port of Philadelphia's Pier 84 handles cocoa beans and cocoa products on an area of 5.6 hectares including five hectares of warehouse space for dry storage. Its berth is 260.6 meters long with alongside depth of 9.14 meters. Pier 84 in the Port of Philadelphia is conveniently located to highways I-95 and I-76, and it is served by CP Rail System, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railways. The terminal also offers de-bagging, super-sacking, weighing, and testing services.
Pier 82 in the Port of Philadelphia handles fruits and vegetables, break bulk, and project and paper cargoes. Pier 82 has two berths of 347.2 meters and 260.6 meters in length, both of which have alongside depth of 9.14 meters. The terminal covers 5.4 hectares and contains 1.2 hectares of temperature-regulated space with a humidification system and 100 reefer plugs. The Port of Philadelphia's Pier 82 is located near highways I-95 and I-76 and is served by CP Rail System, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railways.
Piers 78 and 80 of the Port of Philadelphia handle newsprint, wood pulp, coated paper, and other forest products. Pier 78 has two berths of 274.3 and 260.3 meters, and Pier 80 has two berths (with roll-on/roll-off ramps) of 303 and 348.7 meters. Both piers have alongside depth of 10.7 meters. These Port of Philadelphia piers also contain 11.8 hectares of warehouse space. The Pier 74 Annex has almost 10.7 thousand square meters of warehouse storage. Pier 78 offers 33.8 thousand square meters of warehouse for storage of dry cargoes. The Pier 78 Annex contains one 19.3 thousand square meter warehouse for dry cargoes. Pier 80 offers an almost 42.4 thousand square meter warehouse for dry cargoes, and the Pier 80 Annex contains 11.6 thousand square meter of dry warehouse storage. Part of the designated Foreign Trade Zone, the Port of Philadelphia's Piers 78 and 80 offer direct transfer from ship to storage, truck, and rail. The facilities have easy access to highways I-95 and I-76 and is served by CP Rail System, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railways.
Also part of the Foreign Trade Zone, the Port of Philadelphia's Piers 38 and 40 handle the same cargoes. There are three berths of 167.64, 168, and 189 meters in length, all with alongside depth of 9.75 meters. The terminal covers 4.9 hectares and includes 1.6 hectares of warehouses. Pier 40 offers first-floor heated and humidified storage. The piers offer direct transfer from ship to storage, truck, and rail. Piers 38 and 40 in the Port of Philadelphia offer easy access to highways I-95 and I-76 and is served by CP Rail System, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railways.
The Port of Philadelphia's Tioga Marine Terminal handles containers, refrigerated fresh fruit, paper and plywood, automobiles, steel, and palletized, project, and break bulk cargo. The Tioga Marine Terminal in the Port of Philadelphia has six berths with a total length of over 1.1 kilometers that include one roll-on/roll-off berth. All berths have alongside depth of 10.8 meters. With a terminal of 47 hectares, the terminal contains five sheds with 5.9 hectares of storage, including 4.5 hectares of temperature-controlled space and 180 reefer plugs. The terminal has capacity to fumigate 800 thousand fruit boxes per day and offers 609.6 meters of rail siding for intermodal transfer. The Port of Philadelphia's Tioga Marine Terminal has immediate access to highways I-95 and I-76 and is served by CP Rail System, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railways.
Handling automobiles, heavy equipment, and project trucks, the Port of Philadelphia's Piers 96 & 98 Annex covers over 22 hectares and contains warehouses with almost nine thousand square meters of storage space.
The Port of Philadelphia is planning to build a 60.7 hectare container terminal, Southport, near the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to meet increasing demand for international cargoes. Planned completion will coincide with the improvements to the Panama Canal to be completed in 2014.
The PRPA is the grantee of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #35. Covering southeastern Pennsylvania, the FTZ is located near the marine terminals and airports in the Port of Philadelphia region.