In an effort to improve efficiency, the Port of New York and New Jersey is creating a training center called the New York Harbor Crane Operator’s Training Center. The training center will have three computerized simulators to improve the skills of crane operators.
As part of the Marine Highway Grant Program, The Port of York and New Jersey had been awarded a grant of $492,480 to buy two simulators. The Port Newark Container Terminal and the New York Shipping Association are contributing an additional $328,320, with some of this money being used to buy the third simulator.
John Nardi, President of the New York Shipping Association said, “We have 60 cranes in the port and we don’t have a simulator, so to train people, we have to put them up in a live container crane, and it’s a very arduous process that takes a lot of time. So that we would like to do is train people in a simulator first, and then move them onto the crane”.
One simulator will be at the Port Newark Container Terminal, with the other two at the existing training center located at the Maher Terminal facility in Elizabeth, NJ.
In other news, the Port of Houston is planning on extending its terminal gate hours sometime in mid – 2017. Gates at Houston’s Barbours Cut and Bayport terminals now operate 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. The Port plans on extending closing time to 11pm.
The port of Houston had taken steps to handle increased volume and to avoid congestion issues that have plagued other U.S. Ports. Per Roger Guenther, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority, average turn times are at 35 minutes for a single pick up or delivery, and less than an hour for a double move that combines delivery and pickup.
Improvements at Houston include expanded acreage for cargo handling and new ship-to-shore cranes and rubber-tired gantries. Channels at both terminals have been deepened to match the Houston Ship Channel’s 45 foot depth.