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Offshore wind developer eyeing potential of South Brooklyn shipping hub

Mon 14 May 2018 by David Foxwell

Offshore wind developer eyeing potential of South Brooklyn shipping hub
The authorities in the area are planning to bring waterfront facilities in Brooklyn back into use

The New York City Economic Development Corporation says offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind is among those considering establishing itself at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

Deepwater Wind is looking for a suitable location for an offshore wind hub for its upcoming 90 MW South Fork offshore wind project off the coast of New York.

Last week, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and local leaders unveiled a plan to reactivate the terminal as a shipping hub, creating more than 250 jobs in the near-term.

The de Blasio administration said it had selected Red Hook Container Terminal and Industry City to operate the ‘Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal’ (SSBMT), which the administration hopes will become a cluster of maritime activity bringing new industrial uses to the South Brooklyn waterfront.

With a long-term lease through 2054, SSBMT will reactivate 64.5 acres of the terminal, moving over 900,000 tonnes of cargo annually through the port and eliminating over 11,000 truck trips a year.

Other potential uses for the terminal that have been identified include a facility for waste paper recycling and export, importing lumber, salt, and aggregate material, container-on barge operations, and project cargo.

Under the plan, Red Hook Container Terminal will serve as the terminal operator and stevedore for SSBMT.

The NYCEDC said up to 1,000 jobs could be created in the longer term if the SSBMT were to serve  as a fabrication hub for Deepwater Wind, which has indicated its interest in establishing a facility there to support the South Fork offshore windfarm and future projects.

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