Port Expansion underway for New York and New Jersey ports

Photo Source: www.panynj.gov

Photo Source: www.panynj.gov

The New York and New Jersey port authorities have recently confirmed they expect that their terminals will be ready to accept 14000 TEU ships.

This represents a major step forward for the ports in order to compete with West Coast terminals already servicing the mega ships.

The first step in expanding the port is an extensive fifty foot harbor deepening project. The $1.6 billion dollar project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016 after being significantly delayed by Hurricane Sandy.

The second step in expansion will be the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project that will raise the bridges current roadway from 151 ft to 215 ft. The raise in the roadway will allow for the necessary clearance for the mega box shipments to reach the terminals. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

To follow the project visit the NY-NJ Port Authority website.