The first meeting of the Port Performance Task Force (PPTF) was held on Friday December 20th at the Port Authority Admin Building in Port Newark. In attendance were representatives from 21 companies and organizations across 10 industry sectors. The mission of the PPTF is to "provide a framework for constituents in the Port of New York and New Jersey to discuss areas of common interest; identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and recommend potential solutions and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in order to maintain the Port's position as a preeminent Port of the United States". The group agreed to the creation of five Working Groups addressing specific issues related to port productivity.
Working Group Organization
Members of the Task Force will spend the next three weeks meeting and discussing strategies and objectives as well as the composition of each Working Group. The Task Force will next meet in early January to review and finalize Working Group members and objectives, with Working Groups beginning to meet in late January to address critical areas as defined by the Task Force.
Organizations interested in being considered for participation in a Working Group should contact Rich Laraway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Performance Task Force Members
|R.M. Larrabee||Port Authority of NY & NJ|
|John Nardi||NY Shipping Association|
|Gary Cross||Maher Terminals|
|John Atkins||Global Terminal|
|Mike Radak||Hanjin Shipping|
|Mike Wilson||Hamburg Süd|
|Dennis Daggett||ILA - Atlantic Coast District|
|David Cicalese||ILA - Atlantic Coast District|
|Jeff Bader||Bi-State Motor Carriers|
|Tom Adamski||New Jersey Motor Truck Association|
|Jon Donnelly||Empire Merchants|
|Patrick Hackett||Bed, Bath & Beyond|
|Dean Tracy||Lowe's Home Improvement|
|Ed Elkins||Norfolk Southern|
|Wilby Whitt||CSX Transportation|
|Phil Connors||Flexi-Van Leasing|
|Keith Lovetro||TRAC Intermodal|
|Bill Shea||Direct Chassis Link Inc (DCLI)|
|Thorkild Hove||International Cargo Terminals / Shipco|
|Steve Schulein||National Retail Transportation|
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has awarded awarded a 40-year design-build-finance-maintain contract to NYNJ Link Partnership as part of a $1.5 billion public-private partnership (PPP) to replace the current Goethals Bridge with a new state-of-the-art cable-stayed span. This will be the first bridge the Port Authority's built since 1931 when the George Washington Bridge opened to vehicular traffic. The project also marks the first true surface transportation public-private partnership in the Northeast.
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