The Port of New York and New Jersey has been working on deepening New York Harbor’s shipping channels in anticipation of the opening of the new Panama Canal this June. The expanded canal locks will allow for post-Panamax mega-ships to pass through.
The $2.1 billion project to deepen NY harbor’s shipping channels is slated to be completed mid-summer 2016. Many of the channels have already been dredged to a depth of 50 feet, with just a bit more work to be done on both the Ambrose and Anchorage channels.
Additionally, the roadway on the Bayonne Bridge is being raised 64 feet to allow larger ships to pass beneath to enter the port terminals in Newark Bay.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that they would like the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study to look into what additional dredging may be needed to bring in larger containerships than what was originally planned.
The proposed study, if approved, would start once the dredging project is completed.
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee