South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Last Updated April 13, 2015

This project reactivates maritime service at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) for handling general cargo, special (“project”) cargo, automobiles, and other vehicles, break bulk, and other commodities.


Located along the Bay Ridge Channel in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) offers unparalleled access both to the open ocean and to a large and affluent consumer market.

Built in the 1960s, the 88-acre SBMT was used as a container terminal into the 1980s. Since then, the Terminal has largely been used for handling break and break-bulk marine cargo. Since 2011, NYCEDC has worked to rehabilitate and reactivate SBMT by investing over $115 million in terminal infrastructure improvements, site preparation. and dredging. Similarly, NYCEDC invested $20 million to extend rail infrastructure to SBMT in order to connect the terminal to the Southern Gateway, one of New York City’s principle connections to the national rail network. Specifically, these projects included:

  • Rehabilitation and realignment of the rail connection between 65th Street Yard and SBMT along 1st Avenue
  • Construction of new rail infrastructure inside the terminal, including:

o New siding along the 39th Street shed

o New rail sidings for transload and auto rack loading and unloading

  • A new rail connection to the Sims recycling facility at the 29th Street Pier  
  • Modernization of electrical infrastructure
  • Demolition of a shed to create a new, open area adjacent to the west berth for loading and unloading vessels;
  • Reconstruction of the west and north faces of the 39th Street Pier
  • Dredging of the west face berth to 33 + 2 feet

Currently, the largest single tenant at SBMT is Sims Municipal Recycling, located at the 29th Street Pier. 

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