Date: Jan 27, 2014
Press Release Number: 24-2014
Increased Workforce Will Improve Efficiency and Productivity in the East Coast’s Busiest Port Facility
The Port Authority today applauded the Waterfront Commission and the New York Shipping Association for the critical hiring of 150 new dockworkers in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The move will improve the productivity and efficiency of the East Coast’s busiest port facility.
The Waterfront Commission and the New York Shipping Association, despite their ongoing litigation, worked in recent weeks to fill vital waterfront positions needed to build on the 280,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity that the port generates. The 150 new longshoremen – who will be members of the International Longshoremen’s Association with high paying jobs and good benefits – are in the process of being hired.
The Port Authority is working with all port stakeholders – shippers, the private-sector terminal operators, labor and the trucking community – to overcome performance challenges that faced the port’s private-sector terminal operators during the past year. The agency recently formed a Port Performance Task Force to find collaborative ways to address the challenges – including congestion at terminal gates, the efficient movement of cargo on and off the terminal, port roadway congestion and the advent of larger, modern vessels in the shipping industry.
To maintain the port’s competitiveness, the Port Authority also has invested billions of dollars in the port in the past five years, including a $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to allow larger ships to navigate under it, and hundreds of millions more to deepen port channels, build state-of-the-art ship-to-rail facilities, and upgrade berths, wharfs and the port’s internal road network. The investments are funded in part through a Cargo Facility Charge, a nominal fee on every cargo container and vehicle that moves through the port.
“We’re pleased that the Waterfront Commission and the New York Shipping Association understand what’s at stake here and are doing their part to continue the critical hiring that’s necessary to keep our port competitive in an extremely challenging marketplace,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.
“Our port has been an industry leader in creating jobs and fostering regional economic growth, and the hiring of new port workers will help us maintain that status,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni. “We owe it to the region and to its tens of millions of consumers to maintain a healthy, efficient and productive port business.”
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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 the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.