South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Last Updated November 25, 2015

This project reactivates maritime service at SBMT for handling general cargo, special 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 to a large and affluent consumer market.

Apply for Short Term Permitting Opportunities

Short-term permitting opportunities at SBMT are now available for certain maritime-dependent uses. See application process below. Application packet due on Friday, October 2, 2015.

NYCEDC's goals for this project are to:  

  • Immediately reactivate SBMT with industrial maritime and rail freight uses to support growth in regional cargo movement, demand for waterborne goods, and the maritime industry in New York Harbor;
  • Increase quality job opportunities on the waterfront for local, borough and City residents; and
  • Produce a fair return to NYCEDC and the City.

Permits will be awarded at NYCEDC's sole discretion; NYCEDC reserves the right to decline a permit for any reason.

The following uses will be permitted:

  • Dry bulk and break bulk stevedoring;
  • vehicle and wheeled equipment import/export utilizing maritime transport;
  • “special project cargo,” that is, the waterborne movement of oversize or heavy cargo, such as turbines, heavy construction components, and special equipment;
  • waterborne freight warehousing and distribution;
  • maritime freight transload to and from truck and rail;
  • maritime construction;
  • maritime support services such as tug and ship repair companies;
  • layberthing and dockside repair of industrial and commercial vessels; and
  • other industrial maritime dependent uses that can take advantage of the site’s waterside location.

The following uses will not be permitted:

  • Passenger embark or debarkation via vessel of any kind.
  • Any ferries, excursion boats, tour boats, historical vessels, or personal vessels, except for layberthing or repair.
  • Parking, except as employee, customer, or vendor parking ancillary to a Permittee’s primary maritime use.
  • Any transfer, storage, or movement of hazardous, dangerous, or noxious materials, including Municipal Solid Waste.
  • Filming or photoshoots.
  • Events of any kind.

Application Process

Applicants must fill out all necessary documents included in the Application Packet by 5pm on Friday, October 2, 2015. Detailed instructions are included in the Application Packet. A summary of the basic steps are as follows:

Step 1: Submit a complete application, in PDF format, to

Step 2: NYCEDC reviews application and requests any additional information, as necessary.

Step 3: If NYCEDC accepts Applicant’s Application, NYCEDC will propose an area for Applicant’s Premises and provide Applicant with a Form of Permit for Applicant's execution.

Step 4: Applicant prepares and submits all required permits, drawings, and other information necessary for moving onto premises, as well as a deposit.

Step 5: After all submission requirements are met, NYCEDC will execute Permit and provide Permittee access to Permittee’s Premises.

Short Term Permit Application Instructions and Materials

See materials below. Please read ALL instructions and guidelines, including the Form of Permit and attached Rules and Regulations. All documentation subject to change at NYCEDC's sole discretion:

Other useful information:

General Information

Due date: 5pm on Friday, October 2 (Applicants are encouraged to submit prior to the deadline.)

Application Format: Applications must be submitted in PDF format to

Site Visits: NYCEDC will hold a site visit, on Friday, September 25 at 9am.The site visits will be held at 31 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (at the foot of 39th Street). Attendees must RSVP to if they plan to attend; attendees are limited to 2 people per site visit.

Questions? Contact

History and Past Projects at SBMT

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-bulk and project cargo. Since 2011, NYCEDC has worked to rehabilitate and reactivate SBMT by investing over $115 million in terminal infrastructure improvements, site preparation, and dredging, including $20 million to extend freight rail infrastructure to SBMT. Currently, the largest single tenant at SBMT is Sims Municipal Recycling, located at the 29th Street Pier. Those recent infrastructure and rehabilitation projects include:

  • 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 new siding along the 39th Street shed and new rail sidings for transload and auto rack loading and unloading along 2nd Avenue.
  • A new rail connection to the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility at the 29th Street Pier.  
  • Modernization of electrical infrastructure
  • Demolition of a portion 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

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