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Delaware signs final Port of Wilmington privatization deal

September 19, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware has signed a final agreement with a private Emirati port operator to privatize the Port of Wilmington.

News outlets report Gov. John Carney and Gulftainer officials signed a document commemorating the agreement Tuesday.

Per the 50-year deal, Gulftainer’s U.S. Subsidiary will take over operations at the existing port, invest around $600 million in upgrades and building a new container-handling terminal at Edgemoor. The state will receive yearly concession payments of around $10 million.

State officials believe the takeover could double Delaware’s 5,700 port- and maritime-related jobs.

Gulftainer executive board chair Badr Jafar says the deal will establish Wilmington as “the leading food gateway on the East Coast.”

A Carney spokesman declined to provide a copy of the agreement pending legal review. It will take effect within two weeks.

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