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“We’re going after the West Coast’s cargo” NY-NJ talks tough

PortandTerminal.com, June 18, 2019

In a statement issued by the port this week, officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey predict that they will soon overtake Long Beach, CA as the nation’s second busiest commercial port.

New York – The Port of New York and New Jersey is talking tough about how they see their position evolving to become America’s second busiest commercial port after the Port of Los Angeles. In their sights is the Port of Long Beach, currently the country’s second busiest commercial port.

The Port Authority announced on Monday the completion of the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility, operated by GCT Bayonne – the final piece of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s intermodal rail network spanning facilities in Elizabeth, Newark and Staten Island, NY.

The Port Authority points to the recent completion of the Bayonne Bridge and $1 billion in public-private investment in rail services as key factors in the increased container business as the New York and New Jersey ports.

An earlier photo of the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility under construction

The Port Authority announced on Monday the completion of the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility, operated by GCT Bayonne—the final piece of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s intermodal rail network spanning facilities in Elizabeth, Newark and Staten Island, NY.

The new facility, coupled with the completion of the raising of the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate ultra-large container vessels and more than $4 billion in other modernization initiatives over the past two decades, has led to unprecedented cargo growth at the NY and NJ ports. The cost of the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility was $149 million, including the Port Authority funded $56 million for GCT USA to complete final design and construct the intermodal container transfer facility. The remainder of the project, including lead tracks and storage track, accounts for the balance of the investment.

John Atkins, President of GCT USA

“It’s easy to think that we are targeting cargo on the East Coast … People think, ‘Oh, you’re going after Norfolk’s cargo,’ or from other ports on the coast,” said John Atkins, president of GCT USA. “We’re going after the West Coast.”

“We’re going after the West Coast.”

“It’s about having options for delivery of your cargo to its final destination,” she said. “What rail does is provide access to those customers that are outside of a typical truck move. So if you are beyond the 400 to 500-mile range, rail is the optimum way to transport your cargo to its final destination.”

GCT Bayonne

GCT Bayonne is situated in the Upper New York Bay in Jersey City, New Jersey. Capable of handling the largest vessels operating on its trade lane, it is the closest container terminal to the harbor entrance and is the only terminal in the harbor with no air-draft restrictions. The recently expanded facility now spans over 167 acres (68 hectares) and features a 2,700 foot (823 meter) berth, allowing vessels to approach unencumbered. Its convenient location also reduces vessel transit time by up to two hours each way.

The rail project furthers the port’s larger goal to boost its handling of cargo destined and originated in the Midwest. With approximately 15 percent of cargo moved by rail — a barometer of a port’s reach into the interior — the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) want to increase that share to 20 percent.

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