The Port of New York and New Jersey has set a new record for annual cargo volumes in 2015 by more than 10%, building on the jobs and economic activity the port generates for the bi-state region.
During the year, the port handled more than 6.37 million TEU, an increase of 10.4% over 2014 when the previous annual record was established.
The record volumes allowed the port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast with nearly 30% of the total market share.
Despite the increases in cargo, the Port of New York and New Jersey has experienced a 33% reduction in port emissions pollutants since 2006 due to environmental initiatives it has implemented.
ExpressRail, the port authority's ship-to-rail system, also set a new record by handling more than 520,000 containers, which is an increase of 12.2% over 2014.
Pat Foye, Executive Director of the New York Port Authority, said: “The significant infrastructure investments we have made in our port continue to drive job growth and economic activity in the region, and have set the table for continued long-term growth.
“Moving forward, we will continue to work in partnership with all port stakeholders so we can efficiently and effectively handle greater volumes of cargo in the years to come.”
Molly Campbell, Port Commerce Director of the New York Port Authority, said: “We want to be the best maritime gateway in the United States, and these impressive numbers show we are making progress to achieve that goal.
“However, for us to efficiently handle the larger ships and cargo volumes that want to come here, we must join with our stakeholders to continue to implement strategies to improve port performance. We have made strides in this area, but clearly more must be done.
“We also need to maintain labor harmony in the port to ensure future growth, and we will work closely with the New York Shipping Association, International Longshoremen's Association and other stakeholders to prevent a recurrence of the one-day labor walkout late last month.
The 2015 increase in port activity was fuelled by an 8.4% increase in import loaded containers, from more than 2.9 million imported TEU in 2014 to more than 3.2 million TEUs in 2015.
In 2015, China remained the top import country serving the port, with more than 1 million import TEUs.
There were a total of 2,251 vessel calls in 2015, down 7.4% from vessel calls in 2014.