Shipping sand products to Brooklyn, N.Y. and the five boroughs of Manhattan is a challenge. But Silvi Materials now has a new high-quality, cost-effective solution, according to Don Carpani, vice president, aggregate and cement sales.
“A few years ago we acquired a sand operation in Port Norris, N.J.,” Carpani said. “We also acquired a port located about two miles from the sand plant on the Maurice River, with barge-loading capability. We are currently able to navigate 5,000-ton barges out of the Maurice River channel and into the ocean, however the Army Corp. of Engineers has contracted to dredge the Maurice River channel. When that is complete we will be able to load and ship barges up to 10,000 tons.”
The 10,000-ton barges will then head to New York, where materials will be offloaded, and stockpiled for customers to access.
Right now, a lot of the sand is coming into New York City by truck from Long Island.
“There is a growing need for high-quality concrete sand in the New York area with much of the current reserves regionally being depleted,” Carpani said. “More and more of the sand will have to come in by barge. We saw that as an opportunity.”
Silvi Materials said that it now has the ability to provide a long-term materials solution due to its production and barging operation. Most of the sand will go to ready-mix producers.
“We have an opportunity here that will go on for years and years,” Carpani said.
Silvi Materials is a network of 23 locations across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a leading provider of high-quality construction materials, the company is committed to delivering excellence to customers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.