Molly Campbell has been an executive of the busiest U.S. containerport before, and she’s looking to hold that distinction again – now at the Port of New York & New Jersey.
The goal would appear to be a tall order but in reach. In calendar 2015, the Port of New York & New Jersey had a total containerized cargo throughput of 6.37 million 20-foot-equivalent units, trailing only the Port of Long Beach, at 7.19 million TEUs, and Campbell’s former bailiwick, the Port of Los Angeles, in the No. 1 spot with 8.16 million TEUs.
Indeed Campbell, who came aboard as director of the Port of New York & New Jersey in July 2015 after 15 years at the Port of Los Angeles, including as deputy executive director, is confident major infrastructure enhancements will literally and figuratively clear the way, propelled by a long-term roadmap, productive partnerships and dedicated staff of the freshly remonikered Port Department.
In an interview with the American Journal of Transportation, Campbell enthusiastically shared her thoughts on the recently finished deepening of the port’s harbor to 50 feet, the soon-to-be-completed raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadbed, the just-inked agreement to bring the port its first-ever comprehensive master plan and the possibility of extended gate hours by late next year.
While already largely big-ship ready, once both the harbor and bridge projects are done, the Port of New York & New Jersey should be able to fully accommodate the heftier, deeper-draft containerships now able to transit the post-expansion Panama Canal, bringing more containers from Asia to reach U.S. consumers via the Gotham gateway as opposed to by way of Southern California.
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