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MEDIA ADVISORY - PORT AUTHORITY & GCT USA TO WELCOME THE LARGEST CONTAINER SHIP EVER TO CALL ON THE PORT OF NY/NJ

Date: Jul 05, 2016
Press Release Number: 118-2016

The MOL BENEFACTOR is first to travel through new Panama Canal lock and visit an East Coast port

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and GCT USA will welcome the MOL BENEFACTOR – the largest container ship ever to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey at GCT Bayonne – during its maiden visit at noon on Friday, July 8. The MOL BENEFACTOR will be the first ship visit to an East Coast port after passing through the expanded Panama Canal locks, which opened on June 26. The new Panama Canal now allows ships as large as 14,000 TEUs to call the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Media interested in attending the welcoming ceremony must RSVP to Lenis Rodrigues in the Port Authority Media Relations Department at lrodrigues@panynj.gov no later than 3 PM on Thursday, July 7.

Media attending the event will be able to witness big ship terminal operations up close, including a plaque presentation ceremony to the captain. Media will meet at the GCT Bayonne administration building no later than 11:30 AM. A bus will transport participants to the ship for the welcoming ceremony. To get to the administration building, take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 14A. After the toll, bear left onto the overpass for GCT Bayonne/440. After the overpass, continue for approximately one mile, heading southeast. The administration building will be on the right.

DATE:
Friday, July 8, 2016

TIME:
11:30 AM — Check in at the GCT Bayonne ("Global Terminal") — administration building
11:45 AM — Terminal tour
12:00 PM — Ceremony

LOCATION:
302 Port Jersey Boulevard, Jersey City, N.J.

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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.