Port of Wilmington gets temporary OK to unload sand from ships

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Enstructure Wilmington Holdings LLC has received temporary permission to unload olivine sand at the Port of Wilmington.

This permission, granted on March 29 is due to a vessel being redirected from the Port of Baltimore. The permission will last for up to 60 days or until the unloading is finished.

The permission is in accordance with the Delaware Temporary Emergency Variance law. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the unloading will follow the restrictions of the facility’s existing permit.

The emissions from the unloading process are expected to be within the state’s environmental regulations, DNREC stated.

Olivine sand is used for shoreline and wetland restoration among other things.

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It was earlier reported that the Port of Wilmington, which is easily accessible from the Chesapeake Bay, is seeing a sharp increase in business due to the closing of the Baltimore port due to a ship hitting and destroying the Key Bridge and blocking the channel.

The upturn has aided what appears to a slow season for the port under Enstructure, according to a recent Delaware Spotlight story. (see below).

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