Port Elizabeth Terminal & Warehouse Corp (PETWC) in New Jersey has issued a formal complaint to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) alleging that the Port Authority of New York/ New Jersey (PANYNJ) has shown bias against it and in favour of other of the port’s tenants.
PETWC claims that repeatedly over the past three years it has followed PANYNJ requests to vacate what amounted to a total of 550,000 square feet of space for various reasons.
Now it says that a new request from the Port Authority for it to vacate a further 312,000 square feet of warehouse space to allow for expansion of the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has imposed an “undue disadvantage” and has given preference to other marine terminal operators.
In the complaint PETWC says PANYNJ has violated the clauses of the Shipping Act that forbid port authorities from showing undue preference to tenants.
PETWC has leased space at New York/New Jersey for 42 years.