Port of NY/NJ recovering from Hurricane Sandy

The damage incurred by the huge tidal surge could have been much worse, had the ports not been prepared.

By ·

Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey report that cargo operations are being restored in the wake of last week’s devastating storm. Two terminals in Port Elizabeth, N.J. started receiving inbound vessels on Sunday, the Port Authority and two more terminals—Port Newark Container Terminal and Global Terminal – will reopen today. Port Newark Container Terminal also is expecting vessel traffic to resume this evening.

On Sunday, four cargo vessels were expected at Maher Terminal and one cargo vessel was expected at APM Terminal, both in Port Elizabeth.

The damage incurred by the huge tidal surge could have been much worse, said Aaron Ellis, a spokesman for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

“Each port has a hurricane preparedness and business recovery plan that they put in place in advance of potential approaching hurricanes, like Sandy,” he said. “These measures are designed to first protect lives and worker safety, and then to secure equipment and facilities to minimize potential damage to cargo and/or facilities.” 

Ongoing assessments of the condition of the other ports is done by U.S. Coast Guard, said Ellis. It is not known yet, to what extent shipments were redeployed to ports in the southeast and gulf.

Late last month, Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO warned of potential supply chain disruptions if ports receive inadequate funding.

“Despite substantial investments by port authorities and private-sector business partners, inadequate infrastructure connecting ports to landside transportation networks and water-side shipping lanes often creates bottlenecks that result in congestion, productivity losses, and a global economic disadvantage for America,” he said.

“These congestion issues and productivity losses have the potential to stymie our ability to compete internationally.”


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Ocean Cargo · Ocean Freight · Seaports · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Just Released: Understanding Hazmat Transportation Management
The rules and regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials (hazmat) are complex.
Download Today!
From the July 2017 Logistics Management Issue
E-commerce continues to fuel a boom that’s tempered by overcapacity, rate pressures, sluggish demand and political doubt. The result: “cognitive dissonance” that finds a $1.4 trillion market scratching its head.
2017 Truckload Brokerage Roundtable: Technology continues to connect the dots
Cloud Transportation Management Systems (TMS): Weis Markets streamlines “both sides” of the DC door
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Getting the most out of your 3PL relationship
Join Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, as he explains how creating a balanced portfolio of "Top 50" global and domestic partners can maximize efficiency and mitigate risk.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
28th Annual State of Logistics: Into the great unknown
E-commerce continues to fuel a boom that’s tempered by overcapacity, rate pressures, sluggish...
2017 Top 50 3PLs: Investment and Consolidation Maintain Traction
The trend set over the past few years for mergers and acquisitions has hardly subsided, and a fresh...

The Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain
Everyone is talking about terms like digitization, Industry 4.0 and digital supply chain management,...
2017 Salary Survey: Fresh Voices Express Optimism
Our “33rd Annual Salary Survey” reflects more diversity entering the logistics management...