Press Release -  1.10.2013

Oversized Brewery Tanks Offloaded at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware for Victory Brewing Company


(Wilmington, Del.) – Today, the Port of Wilmington, Delaware handled the discharge of 18 oversized brewery tanks with a total weight of 268 tons for Victory Brewing Company’s new brewery in Parkesburg, Chester County, PA. Based in Downingtown, PA, Victory Brewing Company is a premier craft brewery that offers more than 20 varieties of beers. Equipped with the new tanks, the Parkesburg brewery will be capable of ten brewing operations per day, producing 200-barrels each.

Victory Brewing Company's oversized brewery tanks discharged
at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware

“We are pleased to provide logistical support and facilitate the expansion of Victory Brewing Company, a company that creates many regional jobs”, said Gene Bailey, Diamond State Port Corp. executive director. “Our broad project cargo handling expertise really comes into play with this type of complex and delicate project cargo. Our operations team, the deep sea ILA labor, and our terminal labor are experts in handling such challenging project shipments.”

"As a company whose success has relied on the thirst of our local fans, we strive to positively impact our regional economy with each decision we face. Working with the Port of Wilmington was such an opportunity. We appreciate the facilities and it's efficient, capable staff”, said Brewmaster and President of Victory Brewing Company, Bill Covaleski.

The brewery tanks were fabricated in Germany and shipped from Rotterdam onboard a modern open-hatch multi-purpose ship. Using the Port’s new 100 ton mobile harbor crane, the 59 and 46 foot long tanks were handled off the vessel by Delaware River Stevedores and loaded directly onto heavy duty, low-boy trailers capable of transporting not only the tanks’ extreme length, but also their 14 foot diameter.

In recent years, the Port of Wilmington, Delaware has been a mid-Atlantic gateway for a myriad of oversized cargoes, including: wind turbine blades, rocket booster cores, oversized generators, a dismantled methanol plant and various out-of-gauge equipment.

Triple R. Transportation, the logistics coordinator tasked with delivering the tanks to the Parkesburg brewery, selected Wilmington for its strategic location, extensive project cargo handling expertise, convenient multi-modal connectivity, and the State’s prompt and efficient truck permitting and police escort services.

About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a privately held craft brewery located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Started by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, childhood friends who met on a school bus in 1973, the brewery formally began operations in February of 1996. Now, Victory beers can be found in 29 states. Victory’s full-flavored, innovative beers meld European ingredients and technology with American creativity.

About the Port of Wilmington, Delaware
Founded in 1923, the Port of Wilmington is a full service mid-Atlantic seaport on the Delaware River, strategically located to provide overnight access to 200 million North American consumers. In recent years, Wilmington has handled increasingly complex project cargoes such as wind turbine blades for GE Wind and REpower Systems AG, and rocket booster cores for the Antares program, an expendable launch system for delivery of cargo to the International Space Station. An economic engine for the State of Delaware and the region, it is responsible for over 4,700 jobs $363 million in business revenue, $340 million in personal income and $33.7 million in annual regional taxes. The Port is owned and operated by the Diamond State Port Corporation, a corporation of the State of Delaware.