As NYKCool's Jorgen Reefer was unloaded Dec. 24 at the Gloucester Marine Terminal in Gloucester City, NJ, Holt Logistics Corp. announced through Gloucester Terminals LLC that it has completed a $2 million facility renovation.
The arrival of the Jorgen Reefer brought 9,000 pallets of fresh Chilean fruit to the Delaware River. The shipment included staples of the Chilean winter fruit season such as table grapes, blueberries, peaches, nectarines and plums.Approximately 7,000 pallets were to be distributed from the Gloucester Marine Terminal facility.
The “Box 5” project is a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cold storage facility located in the Gloucester Terminal. The improvements, funded by Gloucester Terminals LLC are another case of private investment meeting the dynamic nature of the fresh produce industry. The Gloucester Marine Terminal is home to one of the largest on-dock refrigerated facilities in the United States, and host to one of the largest roof-mounted solar panel arrays in North America.
“This facility improvement underscores our commitment to providing the finest and most efficient perishable distribution center services in the United States,” said Leo A. Holt, president of Gloucester Terminals LLC. “In our continuing efforts to stay ahead of the curve, we are now very well positioned to accommodate larger vessels and greater varieties of perishable and non-perishable products that will come to our port upon the completion of the Panama Canal widening and Delaware River deepening.”
The “Box 5” facility is equipped to handle both traditional pallets of produce as well as taller “Hicube” pallets that are used with large shipping containers.
The facility has variable temperature controls that are able to accommodate all varieties of fruit products, and it is equipped with state-of-the-art USDA-approved Cold Treatment equipment that adheres to the strict standards of import into the United States. The Gloucester Marine Terminal has over 1.1 million square feet of cold storage space.