Green Energy Resources opens three ports

By Erin Voegele
Web exclusive posted August 5, 2008 at 12:44 p.m. CST

New York-based Green Energy Resources, a wood biomass exporting and shipping company, has announced plans to open three new ports for tug and barge operations along the East Coast and inland waterways to transport wood biomass. One port is located in Camden, N.J., near Philadelphia; the other two ports are located near New York City, one on Long Island and the other in Linden, N.J. The two New Jersey ports are expected to be operational by the end of October, while the Long Island port should be open by the end of the year.

The Linden port can handle deep water vessels and will be used for both domestic and international shipments. The Linden and Long Island facilities will be fully equipped with conveyor loading systems, and the Camden location has indoor storage warehousing for dry wood. The New Jersey locations can handle more than 50,000 tons per month, while the Long Island facility can handle approximately 5,000 to 10,000 tons monthly.

According to Joseph Murray, Green Energy Resources' president and chief operating officer, the company has used various ports in the past. However, this will be first time his company has leased space on a port. The decision to lease the three ports was partially spurred by rising transportation costs. Murray said that the cost of using a barge to ship from New York to Boston costs his company one-fourth the price of shipping by truck, and the cost of rail shipment is also rising. "Shipping by rail is becoming a greater challenge," Murray said. "That's not to say that we won't do it, but right now we are shifting our emphasis and focus as much as possible."

Green Energy Resources has already lined up several contracts to ship from the ports and expects to reach maximum capacity quickly. "We are looking to keep our focus on urban wood waste streams, particularly in the Northeast and Middle-Atlantic States, but we are active on the West Coast and Gulf Coast as well," Murray said. "We hope to have a greater amount of ports in the future, and a greater amount of transport by barge going forward as well."