Sustainability focus for revived Brooklyn terminal

South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Red Hook Container Terminal will operate the Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. Credit: NYCEDC

A plan to reactivate the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as a major shipping hub will create new jobs, help reduce New York City (NYC) emissions and see over 900,000 metric tons of material move annually through the port.

Red Hook Container Terminal will operate the Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SSBMT), which will have a long-term lease through 2054 and reactivate 64.5 acres of the terminal, eliminating over 11,000 truck trips a year to reduce both congestion and emissions.

"For too long, the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal has not lived up to its potential and we’re pleased to be a part of a viable plan to activate this precious site,” said Mike Stamatis president and CEO of Red Hook Container Terminal, which will work in partnership with Industry City and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Deepwater container port

Over US$115m has already been invested in modernising SBMT, which is the first step in a long-term phased development of a deepwater container port in New York’s harbour. Specific new uses for the facility include waste paper recycling and export, the importation of lumber, salt, and aggregate material, container-on barge-operations, and project cargo, among other activity that will support local businesses, New York Harbor and the regional waterfront.

SSBMT also has the potential to create over 1,000 additional jobs by serving as a fabrication hub for prospective tenant Deepwater Wind, America’s leading offshore wind developer. Deepwater Wind has indicated its interest in establishing a major offshore wind jobs hub on the Brooklyn waterfront to support its South Fork Wind Farm and future projects.

Upgraded rail connections at the site make SBMT the only marine terminal in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island capable of handling ocean-going vessels, barges and rail on the east side of New York

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