The project to raise the Bayonne Bridge is nearing completion which will allow larger ships to access Maher Terminals, APM Terminals and Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT). Currently ships with capacity over 10,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units are only able to access Global Container Terminal (GCT) in Bayonne because they cannot fit under the bridge.
Although this project will alleviate some congestion at the GCT Bayonne Terminal, the other terminals need to prepare to receive these mega ships. The Port of New York and New Jersey terminals have collectively spent $2 billion in private investments to upgrade terminals in the last 10 years and are projected to spend another $1 billion in the next decade.
PNCT has seen the most upgrades all while remaining open for business. PNCT is preparing for the increased volume by implementing a $500 million project that includes a new computer system, land acquisitions, a new gate, new cranes and a new berth. These projects will more than double the terminals capacity by the year 2020. With the new planned acquisitions, the terminal will increase its footprint from 269 acres in 2015 to 300 acres of land.
GCT Bayonne Terminal has been using a reservation system for pickups in the morning hours which PNCT will likely also implement. Additionally, the Port of New York and New Jersey is working on implementing a universal chassis pool which will help avoid drivers having to make additional stops to switch chassis between trips for different customers. This issue is a large contributor to congestion and the universal chassis pool was a main recommendation from the port performance task force.
**Winter Weather Port Closure Advisory**
Please note that all container terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey will be closed tomorrow, February 9, due to an expected snow storm. Gate hours will be extended tonight at Maher, Red Hook and GCT Bayonne terminals. Free time should be extended for containers that are not already in demurrage but this should be verified on a case by case basis.