The Port of New York and New Jersey says marine terminals are not only seeing more 13,000-TEU ships, but more importantly, they are handling the stronger discharges — between 2,000 to 3,000 more TEU per call — more efficiently than they were a year ago.
Although ships with a capacity of 13,000 TEU or more now carry more than 20 percent of all containers handled by the port, the marine terminals have handled the resulting increase in cargo discharge volumes relatively smoothly, with some adjustments in terminal operating procedures, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told JOC.com. That should come as a relief to shippers watching to see whether the port, which is subject to sporadic congestion, would be able to handle the larger vessels and their bigger payloads.
Since June 2018, the 50 largest cargo exchanges in the port have all involved a vessel of 13,000 TEU or larger, and the average cargo exchange on those ships is about 13,000 TEU, said Beth Rooney, deputy director of the port division of the port authority’s port division. Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) said the average the average container volume exchanged per call at the terminal in 2019 is 14.2 percent higher than a year ago.