The era of the big ship has taken the port of New York and New Jersey by storm, leaving port stakeholders nervous about the port’s capabilities to handle the levels of cargo carried by the new mega vessels. The completion of the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadbed in June had the immediate effect of attracting a new generation of giant containerships to the port, with the prospect of increasing cargo volumes but also port congestion.
According to a panel speaking to the NY/NJ Port Industry Day Oct. 2, 2017, the key to solving, or at least coping with the issues now facing the port, thanks to the big ships calling there, are coordination, cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork. The Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey has endeavored to facilitate those values with platforms, such as the Council for Port Performance, that bring port stakeholders together for discussion and brainstorming.
Drayage and driver issues, as well as gate and terminal operations, dominated during the panel discussion.
“We must not lose sight that the basic essential component are the truckers themselves,” said Jeffrey Bader, president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers. “The number of drivers willing to service containers continues to dwindle. We must prioritize reducing the time for pick-ups and drop offs.”...
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