Terminal Improvements

aerial photo of container port

A combined commitment of more than $3 billion by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its terminal-operating partners will ensure the Port is ready to handle trade volumes projected to double in the coming decade.

The Port Authority has turned a brownfield site that once housed a Procter & Gamble plant into Howland Hook, one of the most efficient intermodal marine terminals on the East Coast. Linked by the terminal's own on-dock rail operation and ExpressRail Staten Island to transcontinental rail routes, the Staten Island terminal, operated by New York Container Terminal (NYCT), already is producing mile-long trains. Intermodal yard expansion will further increase capabilities, as will a planned fourth berth.

Up Newark Bay, on the New Jersey side, Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal is benefiting from an ExpressRail Elizabeth expansion to 18 tracks and APM Terminals' addition of 84 acres, bringing its terminal site to a total of 350 acres. Other rail projects, including a new support yard, will further add to throughput capacities and efficiencies at both the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal and Port Newark.

Port facilities already combine to offer a total of 10 berths with 50-foot depth - four at Maher Terminal and three at the APM Terminals complex at Elizabeth, two at PNCT's Port Newark facility, and one at the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island.

And in another key move to build for the future, the Port Authority has acquired the former Northeast Auto-Marine Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. The agency plans to convert the property into a marine facility that will total 170 acres and be known as Port Jersey-Port Authority Marine Terminal.

The Port Authority cannot advance these redevelopment efforts alone. The agency is moving forward with both public and private partners, each of whom has an integral role in the development of infrastructure to serve global trade through the NY/NJ port.

NYCT plans to create a fourth container berth, which would expand NYCT's annual capacity to 950,000 boxes.

Maher Terminals invested nearly $400 million over the past five years in infrastructure, equipment acquisition, and technology. It boasts a fleet of 180 straddle carriers, among the world's largest, speeding the flow of containers between ships and rail. Maher Terminals now has 45,000 feet of on-dock track, enough capacity to accommodate four 10,000-foot trains. And Maher has also doubled the number of reefer plugs at its facility, allowing it to handle 900 refrigerated containers. Finally, Maher will upgrade its data-processing capabilities to the latest-generation NAVIS terminal-operating system to speed the handling of containers.

APM Terminals has also been moving briskly to upgrade its capacity, making nearly $250 million in capital investments. It recently installed four new cranes whose 22-row reach can handle the largest ships afloat. It also added refrigerated container racks, tripling our reefer capacity to 1,284 reefers at a time. APM has also expanded its terminal area to 350 acres from 266, and has added two low-emission, rubber-tired gantry cranes to its fleet, reducing their emissions 40 percent.

Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has invested $250 million since 2000, boosting its throughput capacity to 750,000 containers annually. Future improvements, including the potential allocation of contiguous property to the container terminal and the construction of a permanent rail facility, could increase capacity to 1.2 million boxes. And with the deepening of two of its berths, it will have three 50-foot berths and one 45-foot berth.


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