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Maher Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson


The Port of New York and New Jersey cargo volume increased a record-breaking 13.1%, with more than 1.5 million loaded containers handled between January and June of this year.  [The Journal of Commerce]

In addition to shipping containers, vehicle imports handled is up 31%, and intermodal rail facilities have experienced a 15.2% surge in volume in the first six months of 2015.

RoRo Mignon. Photo by John Skelson


The Journal of Commerce: “We’re reaping the benefits of a strong regional economy and labor uncertainty on the West Coast,” said Port Commerce Director Richard Larrabee.

Container ship Najran heading out to sea. Photo: ©John Skelson


Increased import volume also means an increased number of empties. In the first 6 months of this year, empty container box volume is up 30.5%.  Port terminals loaded 165K empty containers compared with 115K loaded with exports last month.

Photo by Jason Sohi via Fortune Magazine


JOC: Larrabee noted that the port’s growth has been accompanied by steps to reduce the port’s environmental impact. The port authority said that between 2006 and 2013, tons of pollutants emitted at the report have declined 33 percent despite a 7 percent increase in cargo.

ExpressRail Elizabeth intermodal rail terminal – Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Photo AAPA via gCaptain


Record cargo volumes are partly attributed to investments in channel dredging, intermodal rail, improved terminal roadways and expansion of port terminals.

Read more from The Journal of Commerce here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Photo by Mitch Waxman.


After this weekends BBQ and fireworks you won’t want to miss out on the Working Harbor Committee’s signature Sunset Hidden Harbor Tour® Port Newark. Go behind the scenes of the bustling Port of NY & NJ for an exciting adventure!


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


Next Thursday, 9 July from 6-8PM, enjoy a 2-hour tour with Guest Speakers Lucy Ambrosino, Port of New York & New Jersey and Capt. Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


Get an insider’s view of the 3rd largest port in the nation, where container ships dock and unload their goods from around the world. See how the working harbor really works and learn about what all those ships and tugs. See giant container terminals, oil docks, dry dock repair, and more!


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial; the Bayonne Bridge and it’s connection to the Panama Canal Expansion Project, and more from our expert narrators – plus, the chance to get an epic selfie at sunset with Lady Liberty.


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6:00pm sharp. Boarding begins at 5:30pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouverneur Lane. Snack bar on board.

Tickets: $30; $25 seniors

For group sale rates, email For more information about tickets & additional tours visit

Hope to see you onboard. I’ll be on the bow!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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