Friday, April 15, 2016

Big Port, Big Picture:

Port Authority seeks master plan to guide New York-New Jersey port for decades.

Panama Canal widening will – any day now! – mean an influx of mega container ships to East Coast ports. Raising the Bayonne Bridge – scheduled for completion by the end of 2017 – will allow those ships to access NY-NJ port facilities.

These are just some of the changes underway in the seascape of the maritime freight situation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to get ahead of the curve, or at least keep up. The Port Authority is preparing to commission a maritime master plan that will guide development of the port’s 3,000-plus acres of cargo-related property during the next 25 to 30 years.

Officials have issued a request for proposals for a consultant to produce the plan, which a spokesman said would be the most comprehensive in the port’s recent history, designed to cast a wide net for ideas on how to configure port facilities to handle expected increases in volume, and to maximize revenue. The plan, expected to take up to 18 months to complete, will examine the port’s six container terminals as well as its auto, bulk, cruise and adjacent real estate holdings, support services and operations.

New York-New Jersey’s volume of full and empty containers rose 10.4 percent last year, aided by shippers’ diversions to avoid West Coast port congestion. At times, the increased volume has strained the capacity of the port system and created serious congestion and delays at terminals.

The port authority said the master plan will seek ideas and opinions from every conceivable stakeholder, including multiple governmental agencies, neighboring communities, tenants, industry representatives, unions, and even the public – so if you would like to have a little input on the big picture, here is your chance.

Kirk Shearer
TOTALogistix, Inc.
800-989-0054 x103

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