South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) will receive a USD9 million grant for the expansion of its barge capacity and intermodal rail connectivity at the port of Salem, USA.

The grant, which is part of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) programme, will strengthen New Jersey’s capabilities in building, supporting, and manufacturing key components for the offshore wind industry off the Atlantic Coast, according to SJPC.

The project will rehabilitate a 150-ft (45.7-m) bulkhead and extend it to approximately 400 ft (121.9 m), as well prepare and improve the site, and refurbish a multimodal rail connection.

“This is another example of the broad support for the on going development of South Jersey’s marine terminals to be the premiere logistical, manufacturing and support centre for a job-rich, carbon-free, green economy growing along our coast… as well as our general cargo mission,” said Andrew Saporito, executive director and ceo.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is also building the New Jersey Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek Township – 11 miles (17.7 km) from the Salem Marine Terminal – to manufacture, assemble, and deploy offshore wind turbines to the Atlantic Ocean.