THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


PORT OF NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY TO CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT IN ANTICIPATION OF HURRICANE SANDY’S ARRIVAL

Date: Oct 28, 2012
Press Release Number: 150-2012

Due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy and the expected gravity of potential flooding in and around the Port, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s maritime facilities will close at midnight in anticipation of near-record storm surges expected from the arriving coastal storm. The terminals will remain closed until further notice.

The port terminals that will be closed are Port Newark Container Terminal, Port Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Port Jersey Marine Terminal, Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island and the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal. Deep draft vessels have departed the terminals and headed to sea, and the Port Authority is providing a safe berth for numerous barges, dredges and floating cranes.

The hurricane is anticipated to bring a near-record storm surge of six to 11 feet to the New York Harbor, which is five feet above the storm surge from Hurricane Irene.

Port Authority customers should check http://www.panynj.gov/ for updated information about all Port Authority facilities. For information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for NY State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch; and for NJ, visit www.ready.nj.gov.

CONTACT:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.