The Quonset Development Corporation is a real estate
development and property management company. Formed in
it is responsible for the development and management of
the 3,207 acre Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown,
Rhode Island which is conveniently located between New York
City and Boston - just four miles south of Route 95.
Among a mix of transportation opportunities, Quonset
offers the Port of Davisville, which beneEts from 4,500 linear feet
of berthing space, consisting of two piers (each 1,200 feet in
length), a bulkhead, 29-ft channel draft, on-dock rail and a 14
acre lay down area.
Over the last few years, Davisville has become one of the
top ten auto-importing ports in the United States in terms of
volume, handling just over 150,000 vehicles in 2011. That year’s
volume took the port to seventh place in North America and it is
the second-fastest growing facility.
Davisville imports Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Bentley
models from Emden in Germany carried by K-Line and Mitsui
O.S.K. Line vessels. The same two lines carry Volkswagens from
Veracruz in Mexico and Subarus arrive on NYK Line from
Kawasaki, Japan via the Panama Canal.
Davisville also handles domestically-produced vehicles.
Ford sends some of its domestic production – around 25,000
vehicles a year - to the port where our Enished vehicle
processors, a company called NORAD (North Atlantic
Distribution) which has a leasehold from us, processes them
and prepares them for distribution to the local market,” says
Steven King, Managing Director of the Quonset Development
Corporation. “Ford uses us as a hub and onward distribution is
then made via truck to the car dealerships.”
The Port of Davisville provides signiEcant savings on
imported cargo when compared with other east coast auto
ports. For NORAD customers that savings is equal to .125% on
the value of the imported vehicles.
Our business has been growing quite a bit,” says King. “In
between rail and sea, over 200,000 autos came to this port.
Our primary advantage lies in our cost structure, which is very
competitive. One of our main advantages is that we do not have
a harbour maintenance tax, unlike most US ports. Our facilities
were built prior to that programme being put in place so we are
not subject to it. Elsewhere, there is a 0.125% tax on the value of
the cargo which equates to 30 or 40 dollars for a standard
automobile. NORAD provides very competitive rates and we
have quite a bit of land space at the port which is very secure
and isolated.”
The Port of Davisville provides pier-side berthing for three
vessels simultaneously and is under an hour’s sailing from the
open ocean It has the capacity to stage 6,000 vehicles at the Erst
point of rest, ship-side and has three 1,000 foot-long rail sidings
which can handle 50 rail cars for loading or unloading. There is
also access to the North American rail network.
The biggest challenge facing the port is the need to keep the
infrastructure and the access to the facility open. The average
draft of the vessels arriving is 27 feet but there are areas in the
Davisville channel as shallow as 25 feet. Consequently, ships do
not currently arrive at the port fully-loaded.
Volkswagen has expressed a desire to bring in fully-loaded
vessels and so the port is in the process of being dredged to
achieve a 32 feet depth. This project will be completed by the
end of January this year and will allow Davisville not only to
maintain its existing business but to continue to grow.
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Rhode Island is the smallest state in America, but
Davisville is the second-fastest-growing auto port, reports
Brian Quinn
Steven King, Managing Director, Quonset Development Corporation