Photo courtesy of Tom Raven Photography,

June 30 will be the last working day for the piers at the former Navy Yard. Don’t be too sad; the city saves $20M the minute these ship ports close. Some of the reasons the ports are closing? Hmm…probably the opening of the Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne or maybe the six-hour trek that cruises have to take up the Delaware River to reach Philly from the sea (that’s a lot of bingo playing). It seems strange that two years ago you could hop on a Norwegian Cruise Line from the piers for a seven-day trip to Bermuda or 10-day trip to New England. But what doesn’t seem strange is saving $20M. That’s kinda nice too.