Record Setting Week at Quonset
The largest general cargo train rolled into
Quonset Business Park on Dec. 10th
The Quonset Business Park set two records in the past week - one on land, the other at sea.
Today, more than 4,100 autos arrived on two incoming car carriers, making it the largest number of autos imported on a single day in the history of the Port of Davisville. Almost 3,200 autos arrived on the K Line "Shanghai Highway" vessel, with another 900 vehicles coming in on NYK's "Rhea Leader."
This record follows last week's arrival of the largest inbound train carrying general cargo ever at the Business Park. More than 80 rail cars deep, the train arrived on December 10th.
It delivered mixed freight to numerous Quonset tenants before maneuvering its way down to the Port of Davisville.
Steven King, managing director at the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) said this is a strong finish to a successful year. "We still have more ships coming in, but when you combine these numbers with our growing rail business you can understand why we are excited about the momentum we have going into 2013," he said.
With more than 165 companies, 8,800 full-time and part-time jobs, and the Port of Davisville now the 7th largest auto-port in North America, both sea and rail shipping at Quonset Business Park continues to show gains. Last week's train brought everything from autos to be finished and processed by NORAD (North Atlantic Distribution, Inc.) to lumber awaiting treatment by BB&S to new rail ties for Amtrak, among several other commodities.
Eric Moffet of Seaview Transportation, which operates the railroad within the park, said the larger train reflects Quonset's success. "With more and more companies coming to Quonset and the QDC investing in major infrastructure improvements, we're seeing a growing customer base take advantage of the rail access at the Park," he said.
"You put this location together with the rail, port, and trucking access at Quonset and companies are starting to realize there are not many better places to position themselves for success," he added.
With approximately 14 miles of track in two branches, the Seaview Railroad at Quonset Business Park is receiving 35-40 rail cars per day from locations all across North America. In 2011, more than 40,000 autos were imported by rail to the Port of Davisville.
Port Summit Highlights a
Successful 2012 at Davisville
|The Port of Davisville is now the|
7th largest auto port in North America
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, Governor Lincoln Chafee and officials from the US Maritime Administration to hold a special Rhode Island Port Policy Summit at the Community College of Rhode Island last Monday.
The summit was convened to discuss a variety of topics and the future of two of Rhode Island's most important assets - the Port of Davisville at Quonset Business Park and ProvPort in Providence. Among the questions raised were:
- What steps need to be taken to ensure continued growth at both ports?
- How do RI ports compare to others in New England and how do we capitalize on our advantages?
- What investments need to be made now and in the future to ensure port infrastructure remains a competitive advantage?
Evan Matthews, Director of the Port of Davisville said it was a constructive event. "Having the congressional delegation and Governor Chafee take the lead on bringing together the key players in the state's Port industry was extremely valuable for all Rhode Islanders."
Matthews added, "We have a tremendous opportunity to help drive Rhode Island's economy forward, and much of that comes by working together with the same game plan and similar goals."
Leadership Rhode Island to Showcase Quonset's Growth in 2013
Leadership Rhode Island (LRI), one of the state's oldest community leadership programs, recently announced that its incoming class will spend the next year focusing its 2013 action projects on the Quonset Business Park.
According to Mike Ritz, Executive Director of Leadership Rhode Island, Quonset was chosen because of the recent growth at the park. "We're impressed by Quonset's progress in helping to create jobs, and how those lessons might be applied to Rhode Island as a whole."
"LRI's focus on Quonset and what has led to the Business Park's recent successes will contribute to the growing dialogue about how Rhode Island can succeed in the 21st century economy," Ritz added in a statement.
Steven King, Managing Director of the Quonset Business Park, welcomed the members of LRI. "The Quonset Business Park is pleased to be able to team up with Leadership Rhode Island to spread the news about Rhode Island's progress at Quonset, and to share the details of our approach which has led to these results."
The 10-month 2013 class curriculum will explore major Rhode Island issues in areas ranging from education and the arts to crime and basic needs. Only the class's external projects will involve Quonset.