For the first time in over 45 years, the Port of Philadelphia has opened a new $110 million 155-acre Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center (VPC).
“Pennsylvania needs a top tier Port facility to compete in global markets,” says Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO. “This new facility the best of its kind on the East Coast.”
the facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art body shop including two car washes with two double prep stations and two joined double paint booths. In addition, specialty heated floors will assist productivity in winter weather conditions.
Many of the unique features of this site are not found in other ports. Southport was built as one continuous facility, located directly adjacent to PhilaPort's Pier 122 - a dedicated auto berth. The layout allows autos to be discharged from the vessel and driven straight to the first point of rest, located on the same terminal.
“The new vehicle processing center is just one step in my Port Development Plan, which is generating long-lasting economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania by making Philadelphia the best place to ship and receive goods on the East Coast,” said Philadelphia Governor Tom Wolf. “This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs.”