The port of New York © 123RF
The port of New York © 123RF

New York port aims to take on West Coast rivals with 30-year plan

19 April 2016

New York’s port has revealed a bold plan to overtake its West Coast rivals to become the number one US container terminal.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a request for proposals for a 30-year master plan to redevelop more than 3,000 acres of its cargo-related property.

It is hoped the plan will allow the port to overtake rivals Los Angeles and Long Beach, currently the busiest ports in the US.  

Molly Campbell, head of the Port Authority of NY and NJ, said in a statement: “Our port has been a national trendsetter in the maritime industry and continues to be the leading East Coast gateway for international shippers.

“To continue this positive trend, we must take a holistic look at the entire port operation and develop an optimum plan that will allow us to efficiently grow the business for decades.”

The comprehensive overhaul will encompass the port’s six container terminals, various real estate holdings as well as well as operations and support services.

The plan’s objective will be to provide the framework to maximize land use, increase operational efficiency and improve revenue opportunities.

As well as drawing on data from previous studies into land use, the port authority says it will consult federal, state and local government agencies, local communities and industry representatives in the process of drawing up the proposals. 

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