South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

  • New On-dock Rail Facility
  • View of Site (Looking NW)
  • 39th Street Pier: J2 Shed (Middle) and N Shed (Right)
  • Typical Interior Shed Space
  • View from 39th Street Pier
  • Rail Spur Along J1 Shed (Looking SE)
Last Updated February 26, 2018

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. 

Sunset Park Task Force

NYCEDC worked with Council Member Carlos Menchaca and Sunset Park community partners to establish and convene a Task Force, made up of representatives from local community groups, businesses, and elected officials. NYCEDC has worked closely with the Task Force and the community to develop goals for the SBMT RFP. This process has included multiple Task Force meetings dedicated to SBMT and two public outreach meetings held in October 2015. The following materials were distributed at those public meetings:


SBMT Presentation

SBMT Handout


SBMT Presentación - Español

SBMT Falleto – Español


SBMT 陈述 – 中文

SBMT 分發 – 中文 

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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Project Highlights

Improves rail, marine, and terminal infrastructure.
Leverages $52 million in private investment.
Reduces trucking through use of rail and maritime transport.

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