The Port of New York and New Jersey has confirmed they will be able to accommodate ships carrying up to 14,000 TEU containers, once the Bayonne Bridge ‘Raise the Roadway’ project is completed in 2017, as reported in JOC.
The dredging of the shipping channel to 50 foot depth is mostly done, and both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Sandy Hook Pilots agree the larger ships will be able to transit through to the container terminals in Port Newark.
JOC: The port’s 20-year project to deepen its channel to 50 feet, allowing mega-ship access to four of its five largest marine terminals, is essentially finished. Once it is officially completed, the Bayonne Bridge spanning the channel leading into Newark bay will be the only remaining obstacle to the port’s ability to accommodate ships of 14,000 TEUs.
“With the planned completion of the 50-foot Harbor Deepening Project later this summer and the anticipated completion of the navigational clearance at the Bayonne Bridge late next year, I assure you the Port of New York and New Jersey will be able to handle 14,000 TEU vessels toward the end of 2017,” [port director] Molly Campbell said. Read more from JOC here…