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Delaware signs final Port of Wilmington privatization deal

In this Sept. 24, 2013, file photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

In this Sept. 24, 2013, file photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware has signed a final agreement with a private Emirati port operator to privatize the Port of Wilmington.

News outlets report Gov. John Carney and Gulftainer officials signed a document commemorating the agreement Tuesday.

Per the 50-year deal, Gulftainer’s U.S. Subsidiary will take over operations at the existing port, invest around $600 million in upgrades and building a new container-handling terminal at Edgemoor. The state will receive yearly concession payments of around $10 million.

State officials believe the takeover could double Delaware’s 5,700 port- and maritime-related jobs.

Gulftainer executive board chair Badr Jafar says the deal will establish Wilmington as “the leading food gateway on the East Coast.”

A Carney spokesman declined to provide a copy of the agreement pending legal review. It will take effect within two weeks.


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