Seafood Industrial Park

Seafood Industrial Park

Date: 23 Jan 2017
Category: Southeast Community

A survey of the East Bulkhead within the Inner Harbor was recently completed, as part of a phased approach to maintain and modify the infrastructure to remain viable well into the future. The first phase (West Bulkhead) of this long-term maintenance plan should be complete in the spring of 2017, replacing deteriorating wooden moorings with longer-life concrete that will be capable of servicing larger vessels and offer better protection during heavy weather events. The West Bulkhead Mooring Facility refurbishment is being funded by $638,292 in Aid to Local Ports grant funding through the Virginia Port Authority and $599,878 in City funds.

Recent investments by the Commonwealth in Virginia’s wild-caught oyster industry and regulatory changes in the Atlantic Sea Scallop industry have resulted in increased economic activity at Virginia’s largest municipal-owned seafood park. The park saw several businesses add capacity, including new fish-processing business at Old Point Packing’s facility, offering wholesale fresh-cut fish not readily available in this area to local and other US markets. Casey’s Seafood, the only crab processor, completed upgrades to one of its buildings at the park for use as a retail seafood market. The Little Boat Harbor Market offers fresh and frozen seafood and related products, and is open Tuesdays – Saturdays. The market also offers on-the-spot steaming of shrimp and other seafood selections, a great addition for the community.

Chesapeake Bay Packing invested in upgraded equipment for its IQF (Individual Quick Frozen) state-of-the-art processing operation, allowing for a greater packaging variety of scallops and other seafood and expanding the company’s marketing capabilities. Papco, Inc., the only fuel depot, transferred ownership in June 2016 to Ascent Aviation Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corporation. World Fuel Services ranks number 92 on the list of Fortune 100 companies. Papco continues to operate as a leading petroleum distributor in the Hampton Roads area

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