On July 18th, an organized motorcade protest at the Port of New York and New Jersey led to road closures and a temporary slowdown for trucks entering and leaving the Port.
The protest consisted of dozens of buses and cars, including official Newark vehicles, driving through the port at about 5 miles an hour between 12 pm and 1:30 pm. A typical drive at the port that would take 15 minutes slowed to a 90 minute drive.
Four terminals – Port Newark Container Terminal, Maher Terminal and APM Terminal in Elizabeth, NJ, and Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, NJ were all impacted by the protest. Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, and outside the immediate protest area, was still affected by the protest in Elizabeth as the terminal saw a surge in congestion and traffic as drivers were avoiding the Elizabeth protest area.
The protest was organized by the mayor of Newark over the port hiring practices. Mayor Ras Baraka claims that the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association hire too few women and minorities, and not enough Newark residents.
In other news, the Port of Los Angeles–Long Beach had slightly higher average truck turn times in June at 83 minutes, when compared to May, which was at 78 minutes.
PierPass has reported though that for the second quarter of 2016, the truck turn times were shorter than any other quarter since 2014. Per Weston LaBar, Executive Director of the Harbor Trucking Association, “I’ll be the first to say there has been progress, but there definitely still is congestion. There are a lot of efficiencies that need to be put in place”.