Press Release Article


Date: Sep 19, 2006
Press Release Number: 69-2006

The Port Authority is creating an online system, or Virtual Container Yard, that will allow truckers to locate an empty cargo container near their point of origin rather than having to make an extra trip to a Port of New York and New Jersey terminal to get one.

The system, being created by LLC of Irvine, Calif., will serve as a clearinghouse for cargo containers. It will allow trucking companies to locate an empty container close to the site where they have an export pickup, rather than having to make an unnecessary trip to a port terminal, where empties are typically stored. The system also will alleviate the need for a trucker to return an empty container to the port. The system is designed to save truck operators time and money, and will reduce traffic and its impact on local communities.

The Port of New York and New Jersey will be the first East Coast port to launch this system when it goes online in spring 2007.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “This program will continue our efforts to balance the significant annual growth of cargo volumes in our port with our responsibility to be good environmental stewards. By limiting the number of truck trips we need to keep the region’s economy strong, we will greatly reduce harmful air emissions throughout the Port District.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “With the Port of New York and New Jersey experiencing double-digit cargo growth, it is critical that we find innovative ways to limit the number of trucks traveling to and from our port terminals. We hope this system will help reduce congestion on our property and along major roads throughout the region.”

Port Commerce Director Richard M. Larrabee said, “This system requires the cooperation of many partners, including ocean carriers serving our port and the trucking industry, if it is to be successful. We believe this program, combined with steps that already have been taken to expand the port’s rail capacity and to extend terminal gate hours, will allow us to improve the port’s productivity and efficiency.”

Under the system, ocean carriers and trucking companies would provide information on the location of an empty container. When this information is compiled, it would provide truckers with a master list of empty containers that would be available to them and where the containers are located. The virtual exchange will be done via the Internet, with e.Modal’s existing Web-based port community system providing the platform for the application.

Funding and operational support for the program will be provided by the Port Authority, the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers and ocean carriers.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.