The Port of New York and New Jersey will be ready to accommodate 14,000 teu vessels before the end of 2017, after infrastructure improvements are complete, say spokesmen for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The changes are necessary because of the expected increase in larger vessels, especially container ships, after this month’s inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion.
By tonnage, New York and New Jersey is the third biggest US port and the busiest on the east coast.
The major works under way are the 50-foot harbour deepening project (expected to be ready this summer) and the navigational clearance project at the Bayonne Bridge (expected to be done by late 2017).
The Bayonne Bridge is an arch bridge over the Kill Van Kull between Bayonne, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York.