Port of NY & NJ’s big-ship-serving gateway on record pace, delivering for region, nation

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Port of NY & NJ’s big-ship-serving gateway on record pace, delivering for region, nation

The longtime busiest containerport on North America’s Atlantic Coast, the Port of New York and New Jersey is on a record pace this year and, with major enhancements recently completed and collaboratively in the works, is poised to deliver as the U.S. East Coast gateway of choice for decades to come.

Molly Campbell, director of the Port of New York and New Jersey, and Sam Ruda, the port’s deputy director, in sharing enthusiasm in a late September interview with AJOT, pointed to the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadbed plus the deepening of harbor areas to 50 feet as key recent developments, while a new master plan bodes to chart the future course.

“I really can’t complain as to where we are today,” said Campbell, formerly deputy executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, now in her third year at the helm at the Port of New York and New Jersey. “As I sit here today, we’re looking at record volumes coming through the port. A lot of it has to do with the economy doing well. But it also has to do with the strength of this gateway.

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For more than a quarter of a century, Paul Scott Abbott has been writing and shooting images for the American Journal of Transportation, applying four decades of experience as an award-winning journalist.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, with a master’s magna cum laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Abbott has served as president of chapters of the Propeller Club of the United States, Florida Public Relations Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

Abbott honed his skills on several daily newspapers, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Richmond (Va.) News Leader, Albuquerque Journal and (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel, and was editor and publisher of The County Line, a weekly newspaper he founded in suburban Richmond, Va.

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