Port of New York and New Jersey on Right Track (USA)
The Port Authority has announced that it set an all-time record for cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2011, surpassing the previous record set in 2007 before the start of the global economic downturn.
The 5.5 million TEU’s (20-foot equivalent units) handled in 2011 represented a nearly 4 percent increase over 2010’s volumes. Most major ports in the United States reported either stable cargo volumes or declines during the year. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest on the East Coast and the third largest in the country behind Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The port’s on-dock rail system – known as ExpressRail – also set a new record in 2011, handling 422,144 containers, or 12 percent more than in 2010.
“These records demonstrate that despite these challenging economic times our commitment to establishing stronger import/export trade relations, retaining and attracting the highest quality operators and investing in state-of-the-art facilities with the latest technology is working,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “Over the coming years we will continue to make significant investments in our port related infrastructure—$1 billion for Raising the Roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, as well as port roadway improvements, harbor deepening and Express Rail—to ensure our continued status as an industry leader and primary source of jobs and economic activity for the region.”
In December 2011, the Board authorized a $39 million dollar investment to design and reconstruct a section of Corbin Street along with the wharf and culvert at Berth 3 in Port Newark. This followed action to widen McLester Street in the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, and to widen and realign Port Street and Brewster Road.
Additionally, work continued on the 50-foot harbor deepening project, which is expected be completed to the terminals in Port Newark, Elizabeth and Port Jersey by the end of 2012 and to New York Container Terminal by 2014. These projects are all designed to provide unimpeded ocean and landside access capacity to and from the port for the expected future annual cargo growth.
The Port Authority continues engineering and design work on the plan to raise the roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate new, larger post-Panamax vessels traveling to and from port terminals. Currently the bridge’s navigational clearance cannot accommodate the largest of these ships, which are expected to serve the port when the Panama Canal widening is complete. The agency has committed $1 billion toward this project.
Dredging Today Staff, February 20, 2012