The South Jersey Port Corp. (SJPC) – which specializes in handling breakbulk and bulk cargo – is situated on the Delaware River with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Beckett Street Terminal and the Broadway Terminal, known as the Port of Camden, annually receive hundreds of ships moving international and domestic cargo through the port’s facilities. “In sheer tonnage, the South Jersey Port Corp. is one of the most productive ports in the world, and the economic impacts to the Delaware Valley region is significant,” the port says. 

In the last 20 years, the SJPC has handled imported wood products and a growing array of steel products including coil steel, slabs, wire rod, structural steel and pipe.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, port district for Oregon’s bay area, in 2009 took a giant step to improve economic opportunities in the southwest region of the state when it purchased a freight rail line that had ceased operations two years prior. After four years of infrastructure rehabilitation and an investment of more than $41 million, the 134-mile Coos Bay rail line was returned to service as Coos Bay Rail Link-CBR in late 2011.

CBR handled 7,509 revenue rail carloads or the equivalent of 24,780 truckloads of cargo in 2014, up from 4,845 carloads or 16,000 truckloads in 2013, and 2,480 carloads or 8,200 truckloads in 2012. The line serves Coos, western Douglas and western Lane Counties on Oregon’s south coast, linking the Coos Bay harbor and industrial operations in the region to the North American freight rail system at Eugene, Ore.

For nearly two decades, Primary Freight Services has been a key player in the global international logistics market. A U.S.-based, family-owned and operated company founded 17 years ago, Primary Freight specializes in international transportation, warehousing and distribution, LTL trucking, and LCL and FCL ocean and airfreight services to and from the United States.

 Primary Freight Services was co-founded by CEO John Brown and President Kathy Hogan. “Our founders have built our business on a firm commitment toward being the best in the world at providing timely information to our customers and global partners and by providing personalized proactive service solutions,” Vice President – Sales and Marketing Michael Squadrille says. 

Southwest Shipyard has a lot on its plate. The company owns and operates four shipyards in South Texas with direct deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it provides gas freeing and cleaning services, topside and major repairs, surface preparation and painting, major conversion and new construction services to the marine industry. The company works on inland and offshore barges, boats, offshore supply vessels, ferries and offshore tugs. Southwest Shipyard remains competitive by providing services with a high level of quality and safety, and just as it works to clean and repair its clients’ vessels, it also understands its responsibility to the environment. 

“Our goal is to provide the best value service to all of our customers on every project,” the company says. “Providing a high-quality product or service on every project is the focus of every employee, supervisor and manager. Our managers ensure that quality is designed into every step of our execution process. The production supervisors are directly responsible for product quality with assistance from the operational managers.

For nearly 200 years, the city of Pittsburgh has served as the important crossroads for the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. “More than 20,000 barges annually [come through],” Steve Martinko says. “We are truly the cradle of the American inland river commerce.”

Martinko is the executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, an independent agency of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1992, it serves a 12-county port district.

“Our mission is to promote the commercial use and development of the inland waterway intermodal transportation system and to integrate it into the economic, recreational, environmental and intermodal future of the region in southwestern Pennsylvania,” Martinko says, noting that has a staff of five associates. 

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